Alister Hughes 23rd January, 1975
P 0 Box 65
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER,
For week ending 25th January lon )o
"BLOODY MONDAY" COI, l;OR'.T1D
This week, on Tuesday 21st, Grenadians commemorated the first
anniversary of what has come to be known as "Bloody Monday".
One year ago, on January 21st 1974, Police and Secret Police
mounted an attack on anti-Government demonstrators assembled on
the Carenage, outside Otway House, headquarters of the Trade Union
Movement in Grenada, as a result of that attack (which involved
rifles, small arms, tear-gas, bottles and stones), one man,
Mr Rupert Bishop, was shot and several others were injured.
Commemorating the anniversary of "Bloody Monday" this week, was
the Seamen and inaterfront Workers Union (SWWU), one of the principal.
organizations involved in the anti-Government demonstrations and
shut-down last year. A commemorative service was held on
Tuesday morning at Otway House, to which service, both the
Anglican Archdeacon of Grenada, the Reverend Hoskins Huggins and
the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Reverend Michael
Chandoo, were invited to take part.
It is not known why, but neither of these priests were present,
and, in their absence, the service was conducted by Mr Curtis Stewa
President of the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU), Chairman
of the Committee of 22 and a Layreader in the Anglican Church.
Present were representatives of the Committee of 22 and of other
Trade Unions, and, following the service, officials of SWWU, TAWU,
the Committee of 22 and the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union
went to the St. George's Cemetery where wreaths were laid on the
grave of the late Rupert Bishop.
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COCOA BONUS SOUNJ
According to a statement from the Grenada Cocoa Association,
5,166,624 lbs of cocoa were exported last year. This was some
29,800 lbs less than the previous year, but the f.o.b. value of
$5,240,254.46 was considerably more as the average 1972/3 price
per lb was only 67.2 cents as against 'noDI obtained in the year
The date for the payment of the cocoa bonus to producers has not
been fixed, but the Secretary of the Association, Mr C B Douglas,
said it would be paid before Carnival (lOth/llth).
DUFFUS REPORT DELAYED
In a telephone conversation with the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper,
Sir Herbert Duffus Chairman of the Commission which, last year,
inquired into allegations of Police brutality in Grenada, said from
Jamaica thct the Report of the Commission should be delivered by
the end of February.
In this interview which took place on Monday 20th, Sir Herbert said
that the Report was "fairly long", but that the final draft was now
being corrected. Sir Duffus indicated that, when it is ready,
the Report will be sent as diplomatic mail to Sir Leo DeGale,
Governor General of Grenada and that Sir Leo will be informed when
the Report is despatched.
23rd January, 1975
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Austin prayed also that "we may have strength to remove the immediate
obstacles to true freedom in this country" and that "those men on
whose shoulders must fall the burden of forming a new and a just
Government may be able to resist the temptation to power and to
self-magnification and that they too may learn to respect and to
establish the respect for every single person in this country,
especially the most poor and the most ignorant.
The only incident of the day occurred when the demonstration was
moving from the cemetery back to the Carenage. The police had
stipulated the route to be followed, and several intersections were
heavily guarded, but, while the Police route was taken from the
Carenaga to the grave side, the NJM leadership challenged the
legal right of the Police to fix the route and a route other than
that set out by the Police was taken on the return.
As a result, a jeep load of uniformed Police drew up in front of
the demonstration in the Fish Market area, but the roadway there is
wide, and the demonstrators filtered around the jeep and proceeded.
This incident seems to have stimulated the spirits of the
demonstrators for, from that point back to Otway House on the
Carenage, there were songs and chants reminiscent of the
demonstrations of Januory 1974. "We shall overcome" and
"Gairy must go" were the most popular.
The demonstration and meeting ended about 5.00PM after several
NJM members had addressed the crowd.
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Also commemorating "Bloody Monday' was the New Jewel IMovement (NJM)
which organised a public meeting and mass demonstration. This
demonstration, which attracted some 2000 people, assembled on the
Carenage outside Otway House at about 2.00 PM, from which point,
there was a silent march to the St. George's Cemetery where wreaths
were laid on the grave of the late Rupert Bishop. Heading this
march under the NJM banner was Mr Maurice Bishop, Joint Coordinating
Secretary of NJM and son of Rupert Bishop. With Mr Bishop was
his mother, Mrs Alimenta Bishop, and also Mr Unison Whiteman,
Joint Coordinating Secretary NJM and Mr Lloyd Noel, Legal Secretary
At the graveside,a wreath was laid by Mrs Bishop, prayers were said
by Father Austin Milner of the Roman Catholic Church and an eulogy
was delivered by Mr Teddy Victor, a prominent NJM member.
In his address, Mr Victor said that "Rupert Bishop had seen the
erosion of people's fundamental rights. He witnessed the
disappearance of people's freedom. He observed that the wheels
of justice were being forced to an abrupt halt. He saw that
equality was moving to a state of oblivion. And he lamented the
fact that the civilisation that had taken centuries to be realized,
was being crushed and brought back to the centuries of darkness
and barbarism by one infidel, one degenerate, one selfish man,
devoid of the essential qualities necessary to make him human".
Mr Victor went on to say that "blood always was, is, and forever
will be, the price of freedom, so precious is freedom. And,
today, we honour the death of a comrade who was not afraid to bleed,
nor afraid to die".
Father Austin M'ilner prayed for "Rupert Bishop who gave his life,
simply caring for the children who were in danger". Father