Officers attached to the Georgetown City Constabulary have been accused of unlawfully assaulting a taxi driver on Thursday along Water Street, as he was awaiting a customer outside National Hardware.Guyana Times was told that Surendra Mohabir parked his vehicle outside of the building located on Water Street, Georgetown, and was standing outside of the car.Photo which shows the car being parked within the demarcated boundariesShortly after, he was approached by three Police officers attached to the City Constabulary, who accused him of obstructing the flow of traffic.Upon questioning the accusations, the man was handcuffed, harassed and walked to the City Constabulary Outpost located on Regent Street.An eyewitness at the scene, who spoke to this publication, revealed that Mohabir was not guilty of the accusations, since his vehicle, bearing registration plate HB 3474, was parked within the demarcated lines.At that time, it was also noted that there was no traffic buildup in the area which could have caused a disturbance in traffic.The matter was brought to the attention of the management of the hardware store. The owner of the hardware store, Edward Boyer, stated, “They harass the people so much that I think that people coming from out of town will be afraid to come to Georgetown to shop. This has got to stop. It is harassment at its highest.“The City Council needs to talk to the City Police. This is not a criminal offence. Do not handcuff people [and] scramble them. This is despicable. What happened here today (Thursday), we need to stop this sort of thing. We live in a democracy and you can’t do it this way,” he added.“I think it’s time we complain [to] the Mayor and City Council. They need to teach the City Police not to do this!” he related.A customer who operates a bus was also harassed by the City Police for the same offence, although his vehicle was parked in the demarcated limits and away from the roadway. However, it was unclear whether he was arrested.Mohabir was ordered to pay $5000 in bail, and is expected to appear at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on May 11.
A Donegal priest has hit out at a TD after she claimed that prayers should not be recited in the Dail.Fr Martin Doohan, PP of DunfanaghyParish priest of the Catholic Church in Dunfanaghy, Fr Martin Doohan, slammed the remarks made by Independent TD Clare Daly over the recital of a prayer before each Dail sitting.Deputy Daly described the recital of the prayer as ‘offensive’ and claimed it had no place in modern Ireland. Her comments sparked a heated debate in the Dáil, with fellow Independent TD Mattie McGrath calling her remarks ‘ill-judged’ and ‘baseless’.That row in the Dáil prompted Fr Doohan to speak about it during his homily to his congregation at the Holy Cross church at the weekend.When contacted about his sermon Fr Doohan told Donegal Daily “I was very surprised that she found the recital of a prayer both ‘offensive’ and outdated in modern society.“But it’s almost getting to the stage in this country where you actually need to apologise for having faith in your religion. “We live in a democratic state, and everybody’s beliefs should be recognized and respected, but for an elected representative to say that about the recital of a prayer was astonishing.“I told my congregation, that in times of illness, tragedy and death, we get strength from our Lord, and our faith can get us through the most difficult times we experience in our lives.“I said, I think we’ll stick with our Lord in times of hardship rather than Clare Daly,” he said. ‘I’LL STICK WITH OUR LORD RATHER THAN CLARE DALY,’ SAYS DONEGAL PRIEST was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clare DalydailFeaturesFr DoohanIndependent TDnewsPriestRecital of a prayer