|Updated: Fire strikes again at Linden; two suspects arrested||| Print ||
|Written by Kwesi Isles|
|Sunday, 12 August 2012 03:47|
Fire has struck once again in the restive community of Linden, Region 10 with reports saying the One Mile Primary School is ablaze.
Demerara Waves Online News learnt of the blaze just after 3 AM and it was confirmed by a security and regional officials in Linden.
Reports say fire tenders could not approach the fire because of blockages on the streets.
The educational institution is the latest building to have been razed since fresh unrest erupted on Friday.Authorities say the One Mile Primary School is the largest such teaching-learning institution in the region with an enrolment of 800 students.
Fire fighters were unable to make it to the scene because many of the roads west of the Demerara River were still blocked.
The Joint Servces said in a statement that that the security guard on duty was approached by three men armed with cutlasses who threatened to kill her if she did not remove from the location or if she attempted to raise an alarm.
The guard, according to the security forces, left the compound after which the building was broken into and computers stolen and was later seen on fire.
The Joint Services said that later Sunday, residents of the Linden community took in and handed over two men to the police at Wismar Police Station who they claimed were suspects in the attack on the One Mile Primary School. The two men are in police custody assisting with the investigations. Residents say one of them is known as "Candy Man".
Police and soldiers, according to well-placed sources, have begun initial clearing the area to build on gains in Mackenzie east of the river where major roads and bridges have been cleared and are being held by the Joint Services. With the western side still blocked, vehicular traffic to and from Regions 7,8 and 9 is impossible and so those regions remain without vital food, fuel and other supplies.
The origin of the unrest dates back to four months ago when government announced an increase in electricity rates from July 1.
Things turned for the worse on July 18 when three men were killed and several others injured during clashes between police and protesters.
Though agreement was reached to suspend the increase in electricity rates and review the sector in Linden by a bipartisan committee, tension again boiled over last Friday when police fired teargas to disperse arsonists from the Wismar Mackenzie Bridge.
Public buildings housing the offices of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Institute of Distance and Continuing Education, Linden Electricity Company Incorporated and the Linden Care Foundation were burnt down.
Early Saturday morning the Wismar-based branch of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) was destroyed by fire.
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