Making it clear that the Enmore Martyrs’ sacrifice remains as relevant today as it was 73 years ago, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) made it clear that it would continue to honour the legacies of the five slain sugar workers.
This is according to the PPP in a statement on Tuesday, on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the Enmore Martyrs. According to the Party, it wants to remind all of the selfless sacrifices of the five slain sugar workers – Rambarran, Pooran, Lallabagee, Surajballi and Harry – and the profound relevance of the incident today.
“In 1948, having been strangled by social and economic hardships, the burdensome “cut and load” cane harvesting system and being deprived of having a union of choice to represent them, sugar workers were forced to mount protest actions after their fair demands were continually being ignored by the sugar producers,” the PPP said in the statement.
“Instead of their demands being met, Riot Police fired on the poor, simple workers, killing five in the process. They died in their quest for a better life for all the workers and their struggles and horrific deaths significantly impacted Dr Cheddi Jagan. On that unforgettable day of their funerals, he silently pledged to dedicate his life to the cause of the Guyanese people and to free them from bondage and exploitation.”
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