Several calls were made for unity as Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) ushered in Republic Day with a flag- raising ceremony which commenced with activities on Thursday evening. The need for unity among races and political parties was highlighted by a number of speakers as Guyana commemorated its 48th Republic anniversary.The first call for unity was issued to the gathering of hundreds by Region Six Chairman David Armogan. He posited that the nation has come a long way since receiving Republican status some 48 years ago, and that Guyana has the resource potential to become one of the leading countries in the 21 century.The Chairman charged the gathering to find common ground with one another, stating: “The time has come for us in this country to find political reconciliation. If we continue to fight each other, we have nowhere to go, despite the abundance of resources that we possess.”Region Six Chairman David Armogan addressing the gathering at the eventOn a similar note, New Amsterdam Mayor Winifred Haywood made the call for unity and support, while highlighting the volume of development that is taking place in New Amsterdam.The Mayor touched on the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s commitment to the improvement of the nation’s oldest township. She noted that development would be realised only if all efforts receive the full support of stakeholders.The feature address of the event was delivered by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who focused on the development of Region Six. Minister Henry advised that all Guyanese need to be prepared to contribute in an optimal way to the development of Guyana.“It is time to research, educate, retrain, seek and complete the necessary skills qualification you need to be part of the 21st Century workforce that will take Guyana to places we have all dreamt of,” the Education Minister said.But even as Chairman Armogan called for political reconciliation, the Corriverton Town Council was prevented from hosting its annual flag-raising ceremony after the APNU/AFC Coalition Government and the Guyana Police Force blocked its officials from carrying out the event.“It was a dark night in the history of Corriverton, when the Police and Government attempted to undermine the will of the people and our right to local democracy. In all of our 48 years of hosting flag-raising events, this has never happened. I am not only upset, but I am concerned about the embarrassment that we faced; but the people were on our side,” Corriverton Mayor Krishnand Jaichand told this publication.Speaking with Guyana Times during an interview on Friday afternoon, Jaichand related that neither Minister Ronald Bulkan nor the leadership of the Guyana Police Force had reached out to the Town Council to formally apologise over the fiasco which saw the event being halted prematurely.