GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana’s national police chief says lethal force by riot officers was unjustified during a violent protest that left three people dead and 20 others injured.
Chief Leroy Brummel says Interior Commander Clifton Hicken was ordered to use non-lethal methods to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters who were protesting hikes in electricity rates in a mining town on July 18.
Testifying Monday before a fact-finding commission, Brummel described Hicken as a “short man with a hot temper.”
The deadly shootings by riot police under Hicken’s command prompted furious demonstrators to block bridge access to the remote mining town for a month.
Brummel says he does not know if National Security Minister Clement Rohee gave the order to shoot live rounds.
The commission has subpoenaed documents including Rohee’s phone records.