Guyana. Desmond Hoyte, leader of the opposition party
People's National Congress (PNC), which is largely supported
by black Guyanese, in March interrupted the talks since last
year's election with the People's Progressive Party, PPP,
the Indian Guyanese party. According to Hoyte, the election
results were manipulated by PPP.
Countryaah website, the break in the talks led to new mutual accusations,
against the PNC for its congressmen still receiving salaries
and other benefits despite the party boycotting
parliamentary meetings, and against the PPP for
discrimination against black and excessive police violence.
The conflict between the parties also caused a general
wave of violence in the country. By December, 140 people had
been killed in the Georgetown area. The climax was reached
on July 4, when the Caribbean States' CARICOM cooperative
organization opened its summit in Georgetown and two
protesters were killed and another fifteen injured in
confrontation with police.