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Amnesty: Killing of Guyana activist fuels fear ahead of vote

March 18, 2015

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Amnesty International says the killing of a political activist as he was campaigning for the opposition “fuels fear” ahead of Guyana’s May general elections.

In a Wednesday statement, the London-based rights group called for authorities to carry out a thorough and timely investigation into the March 10 killing of activist Courtney Crum-Ewing.

National Security Minister Clement Rohee said earlier this month that it was not clear what motivated the shooting of the former army officer.

Amnesty says he was shot five times in a neighborhood of Guyana’s capital after using a bullhorn to urge people to vote against the governing party. The shots including three to the head.

Two men were arrested, but Amnesty says officials say they are likely going to be released.

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