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February 24, 2009 3:45 PM Subscribe
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Due to “credible death and kidnapping threats”
, T-Pain has cancelled a concert in Guyana for Mashramani
, the festival that marks the anniversary of Guyana’s independence from Great Britain.
Last years, celebration was soured by a killing spree
perpetrated by a heavily armed gang led by man known as “Fine Man”. Because the 23 victims were mainly of East Indian descent, the massacre was a powder keg issue for the tiny South American nation. With a population of 44% East Indian and 30% African ancestries, Guyana tends to be socially and politically divided along ethnic identity lines.
What initiated the February 2008 rampage was the fact that “Fine Man’s” (Rondell Rawlins) 18 year-old pregnant girlfriend went missing. The gang leader accused the Ethnic East-Indian controlled government of kidnapping her; employing secret, yet sanctioned vigilante squads to do so.
Allegedly linked to the then Guyanese Minister of Home Affairs, these ‘Phantom Death Squads’
have been responsible for the murders of suspected criminals and escaped convicts since 2002. Such squads
have also been linked to a prominent Guyanese businessman
who may have motives of his own
when it comes to his involvement with them.
“Fine Man” was killed in a police raid last September. His girlfriend has yet to be found.