Protester killed in Guyana as unrest spreads over vote fraud reports
GEORGETOWN: A protester was shot dead as demonstrators took to the streets in Guyana on Saturday after opposition leaders and international observers accused the government of David Granger of rigging this week’s presidential election. Diplomats and foreign observers described credible evidence of fraud in the tallying of the results of Monday’s vote, which took place as the poor former British colony ramps up oil production in hopes of transforming its economy. The unrest threatens to inflame decades of racial tensions between black Guyanese, who broadly support Granger’s APNU-AFC coalition, and Indo-Guyanese, who largely backed Irfaan Ali of opposition party PPP. Across the South American country, PPP supporters blocked roads, burned tires and clashed with police. Police said in a statement early on Saturday that they came under attack in the rural West Coast Berbice region after they cleared barricades set up on a road in an Indo-Guyanese community, adding that officers had killed an unemployed 18-year-old in response to the attack. - Reuters