Region 7 residents allege sex crimes by Police, army ranks

first_img…no report filed – CommanderResidents from various communities in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) are claiming that women from their villages are being sexually assaulted and in some cases raped by ranks of the Joint Services stationed there.Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Kevin AdonisAccording to a recently launched report on the land tenure situation of Indigenous peoples in that region, residents from the Kaikan Village, Region Seven, have complained about females in their community being sexually molested and harassed by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), in addition to them stealing from the community.“Police officers and army soldiers have entered the village supposedly to do patrols and provide security for the airstrip. However, villagers report that these Police and army soldiers have assaulted women and stolen from the village…the village has complained over the years that women in the community have been sexually assaulted and that army soldiers have had relationships with married women, causing strife,” the document which was released on Thursday night stated.It was further stated that residents also reported being threatened and intimidated by soldiers when they try to protect their daughters from the military men who “come uninvited” to their homes.Villagers in Kaikan also alleged that both Police and military ranks are also taking advantage of Venezuelan nationals who reside in that area.“…recently, army and police officers have also been taking advantage of Venezuelan prostitutes…taking away their identity cards and forcing the women to have sex with them in order to have their documents returned.”Additionally, according to the land tenure report, villagers from the Kambaru/Omanaik area have reported rapes of community members.The report also states that third parties occupying Indigenous customary lands have been reported to be threatening and assaulting village residents.“There have been numerous reports of deliberate rights violations by miners, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) officers, the police and soldiers, who are occupying Indigenous customary, including titled lands. There are complaints of miners bulldozing residents’ farms and destroying villages’ traditional trail lines. There are also reports of miners threatening village residents,” the report stated.However, Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis, when contacted about the allegations made against ranks of the Joint Services, stated that to date, no one has come forward to lodge a complaint or make an official report.“The villagers have never reported these things to us. They have not. I have not, we have never gotten a report from them or anyone about such allegations,” the Police Commander stated.last_img read more

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Lancers win on wild night

first_imgGLENDORA – After three wild innings at a packed Goddard Middle School field Wednesday night, Jordan Fox finally finished what he started. The junior first baseman, who hit a towering home run to right field on the first pitch of the game, hit a two-run, go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Bishop Amat High School baseball team to a 7-5 victory over Glendora in the third round of pool play of the Glendora Tournament. Fox’s lead-off home run in the first held up through five innings thanks to the efficient pitching of sophomore starter Brady Zuniga. And after the Lancers scored a pair of insurance runs to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth, the game looked to be well in hand. But the Tartans (2-1) chased Zuniga after two batters in the bottom half of the sixth and put together two runs off reliever Bryan Seymour on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Roundtree and a wild pitch that scored Kurt Vogel to cut the lead to 3-2. Later in the inning, freshman Woody Woodward came with the big blow, a bases-loaded double off the wall in center to cash in two runs and give the Tartans their first lead, 4-3. Leading 5-3 heading into the seventh, Glendora reliever Frankie Rivera came on and quickly retired the first two batters. But the Lancers weren’t done. After two hit batsmen, the Lancers loaded the bases with one out on a bunt that was picked up and held by Tartans reliever Stephen Chakerian – the fifth of seven Glendora pitchers – when no one moved to cover first base. The left-handed Fox then ripped the ball down the left-field line to give the Lancers (3-0) the win. “Any time you can win a game like that, it’s exciting,” Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “It was exciting for everyone that stood here. I think it was worth the money they paid.” center_img Rivera was replaced by Nathan Rollon after giving up two walks and a single to load the bases, and eventual winning pitcher Andrew Mistone smashed a single to left to drive in two and tie the game at 5. Glendora had one more big opportunity with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the seventh. But Nieto brought in a fifth infielder and the strategy paid off as Mistone got an infield fly, strikeout and a comebacker to end the threat. “It’s a gamble, that’s all it is,” Nieto said of the defensive alignment. “If it works out, it looks great.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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