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Protestors at Chenapau after the arrests were made (Photo courtesy of Edward McGarrell)
Protestors at Chenapau after the arrests were made (Photo courtesy of Edward McGarrell)

20 persons arrested during Kaieteur Park raid released from custody

Some 20 Amerindians arrested earlier this week have been released from police custody, after being charged with violating the Mining Act.

This is the latest development following a covert raid of the Kaieteur National Park. The order for the raid was issued by President David Granger, according to the Ministry of the Presidency, which said it was in possession of information about illegal mining operations.

The Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, in a statement today, said the persons released from custody include:
1. Calixtus Francis, 47
2. Kenvil Cyril, 18
3. Donald Andrew, 48
4. Aladin Sebastian, 29
5. Garlon Andrew, 32
6. Clifford Andrew, 30
7. Leroy Fraser, 29
8. Collin Francisco, 27
9. Phillip Andrew, 18
10. Rudolph Bobb-Semple, 37
11. Franklin George, 38
12. Carlton Lewis, 40
13. Jason Baptiste, 30
14. Cecil Baptiste, 56
15. Bryan Mason, 31
16. Tomson Edwards, 17
17. Sabrina Dossantos, 26
18. Mark Andrew, 26
19. Carrol Williams, 22
20. Clive Edwards, 20

Notably, Edward McGarrell, Toshao of Chenapau Village, where several of those arrested are resident, has said that some of the persons detained were not mining at the time of the raid; rather they were said to have just been passing through the area at the time.

Additionally, a massive protest was staged yesterday by over 100 residents of Chenapau, including several children.

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