PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 30, CMC – Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines does not hide his passion for wanting reparation for slavery, which he describes as a “brutal, exploitative and dehumanising system”.
He insists that Caribbean countries do “have a very strong case to put to an appropriate tribunal” and has welcomed the decision of his fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to establish a committee under the chairmanship of the Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to drive the issue.
Suriname has already said it would instruct the councils of the Union of South American States to collect “all relevant information for Suriname and CARICOM” on the reparation matter.
Gonsalves said the Caribbean is demanding reparation from Europe for native genocide and African slavery.
“Principal reason for under development in the Caribbean and Latin America is the legacy of native genocide and African slavery and we do so with the spirit and with the examples, in this new period, of the combatants of Moncada,” he said as he addressed an audience in Cuba marking the 60th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister insists that the Caribbean must remain “part of the leadership on the reparation debate” even though the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE) is warning regional leaders of adopting a “top down approach” to the issue.
PARCOE fears that the Caribbean will “end up not achieving the reparations aspirations of the masses of Afrikan descendant and indigenous citizens”.
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