Woke up early at 4 a.m. The local newspaper Stabroek-News reports online about the numerous protests against the hush-up of the Region 4 election results. Guyana Chronicle, the newspaper we receive in the hotel, shows photos of the violent protests.
During breakfast, our photographer and filmmaker Tom Vierus, who’s been in the country a day longer, tells us about his and Luke’s experiences in the city centre. A police officer (Riot Police) lost his nerves during the protests and fired a shotgun onto the ground. One could hear the ping-ping of the ricochets and Tom kept one of the pellets as proof. It wasn’t until a day later that we discovered three bullet holes in the back of the rental car. The three of us go through plans for the day and the trip. Melinda reports that our midday interview has fallen through, because Joe Singh, former army chief and presidential adviser, has to go to court in connection with the electoral results.