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WHE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
Por The Week Ending July 2nd 1977
FOR THE RECORD
The last regular issue of NLWSLETTER was for the week ending June 1lth
1977. A special OAS issue of NEW LETTER was published on June 29th
BISHOP CHARLES CONDEMNS ACTIONS DEFENCE FORCE & POLICE
In a letter read in all Roman Catholic Churches on Sunday June 26th,
Monsignore Sydney Charles, Roman Catholic Bishop of Grenada, condemned
events of Sunday June 19th as "a gross violation of human rights as
well as an example of grate incompetence on the part of some officers
of the Royal Grenada Police Constabulary."
Bishop Charles was referring to the action taken by the Defence Force
against a demonstration led by the opposition People's Alliance. This
demonstration was broken up by unite of the Defence Force firing
automatic weapons and chasing everyone off the streets.
"Curiously enough", said the Bishop, "while the 7th Regular Session of
the OAS was in progress, with several countries of this Hemisphere
discussing the subject of human rights, the host country was the scene
of an event which seemed to call in question the principle, so loudly
enunciated by our Prime Minister and other participants."
Bishop Charles said that, even if an offence is committed, those who
act on behalf of the law can never be justified in enforcing the law
in a manner unworthy of human dignity as exemplified n. Sunday 19th.
"I call upon the appropriate authority to do something at once to
correct this very serious evil in our midst", said Bishop Charles,
"before it becomes too late."
Two days after publication of the Bishop's letter, Prime Minister
Gairy invited the Heads of Churches to a meeting at his office to
discuss "the success and impact of the 7th Regular Session of the
OAS ...", "thanksgiving prayers and services to God for the privilege
given Grenada to be the host country", and "matters surrounding the
public meeting which involved members and supporters of the Alliance
(Jewel) and members of the Grenada Military Force and the Royal
Grenada Police Force on Sunday June 19th 1977."
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Heads of Churches were asked to bring "a Minister or layman" to
the meeting and about 40 persons were present. Among these
were Reverend Maxwell Thomas, Superintendent of the Methodist
Church, Archdeacon Hoskins Huggins of the Anglican Church and
representatives of the many Baptist sects in Grenada. Reverend
Michael Chandoo of the Presbyterian Church was not present nor
was Bishop Sydney Charles of the Roman Catholic Church.
Bishop Charles was represented by Father Cyril Lamontagne, Vicar
Provincial of the RC Church.
Prime Minister Gairy told the meeting that he had asked Bishop
Charles to withdraw and apologize for the statement he had made
relative to the events of June 19th involving the Defence Force
and the demonstration of the opposition people's Alliance.
Mr Gairy said Bishop Charles had refused and the Prime Minister
expressed his intention to visit Archbishop Pantin in Trinidad
to discuss the matter.
Reliable sources in Trinidad advised NEWSLETTER that Mr Gairy
did go to Trinidad on Thursday 30th and was granted an audience
with Archbishop Pentin, although His Grace was unwell at the
time. What was discussed is not reported but, on Friday
July ist, Prime Minister Gairy broadcast to the nation over
Among other things, Mr Gairy said the action of the police on
June 19th is regarded by some as a denial of the human rights of
the Opposition, but by others as a preservation of the human
rights of other citizens. "Even before checking the truth
of the reports he received", sail the Prime Minister, "the
Bishop of St.Georges, Monaignore Sidney Charles, in a circular
letter read in all Catholic Churches, hailed the incident as a
gross violation of human rights."
Mr Gairy thought the question of human rights is "not a one-
way traffic", nor is it easy to describe as some people have
one thing in mind and other people another. "We accept this
plurality of view", said the prime Minister, so long as we make
it clear that, as a Government, we have the ultimate responsibility
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for promoting individual freedom and liberty and ol0 th other
manifestations of human rights within the compass of the overall
nencern'for -the ndatire soatety. T1 :
Unconfirmed reports state that Prime Minister Gaipy intends to take
t'.e matter of his dispute with Bishop Charles, first to the Papal
Representative in Haiti and then to the Pope in Rome.
LOTTERY COMPANY CLOSES
All employees of The Grenadian Company Ltd, operators of the
international lottery based in Grenada, were sent home on June 27th
on "indefinite leave".
On March 26th 1976, the Government of Grenada granted this Company a
99-year exclusive franchise to operate the lottery, and tickets went
on sale November 1st. According to the Conpany's advertisements,
tickets sell at US1500 each and entitle purchasers to take part in 12
consecutive monthly draws. First primes rotate each month between
US$ million, Deutschemarks 1 million and Swiss France 1 million.
First Oraw for these prizes was on April 1st for 1 million Swiss
Franca, but, to encourage sales since November, there have been three
monthly "bonus draws" at the end of January, February and March, each
worth 100,000 Swiss Francs, Deutchemarks or U S Dollars. In March,
Mr Robert Hunt, Managing Director of the Company, said ticket 98479
had won the "bonus prize" for January and the money had been paid
somewhere in the Western Hemisphere. He declined, however, to
name the winner or give the country of residence.
"I cannot disclose these facts", he said, "we have committed to our
membership that all winners will be anonymous".
Recently, there have been rumours of friction between Government and
the Company but the cause could not be ascertained. Company
employees report that, since June 20th, there has been little or no
work. Salaries for June were paid by June 24th to the employees
who number some 150 and, on June 27th, a Company official read a
letter to the staff instructing them to go home on "indefinite leafv.,
No reasons were given and no indication as to whether salaries will
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be paid during the "leave" period.
Managing Director Robert Hunt is off island and no Company
officials are available for comment. At time of going to
press, employees have not been recalled to work at the Company's
"Brendon House" offices.
DATE FOR ELECTION PETITION FIXED
The Election Petition filed by Mr Kenrick Radix against Mrs
Cynthia Gairy relative to an election held in the constituency
of St.Davids last December 7th will be heard in the High Court
on Tuesday 26th July 1977.
This election was part of the General Elections held in Grenada
at that time, and there were two other petitions filed together
with Mr Radix's on January 10th. These petitions are those
of Dr Rupert Japal against Mr Albert Forsythe in the St.Mark
constituency, and Mr wilberforce Nyack against Mr Oliver Raeburn
in the St.Patrick East constituency.
All three petitioners are of the opposition People's Alliance
while those petitioned against are of the ruling Grenada United
Labour Party (GULP). Mr Radix lost to Mrs Gairy by 263 votes,
Dr Japal to Mr Forsythe by 218 votes and Mr Nyack to Mr Raeburn
by 60 votes.
Among other things, the petitions allege there was bribery before
and during the elections, that names were omitted from the Electors
List and that, on election day, Radio Grenada carried voicecasts
advertising candidates of the Grenada United Labour Party.
Results of the General Elections gave GULP 9 seats to the people's
Alliance 6, and the outcome of these petitions is important in
that, if they succeed, by-elections could challenge the ruling
position of GULP. If the petitions are upheld, political
observers see strong possibilities of a General Election in
Grenada before year end.
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HUMAN RIGHTS SOU NqCIL. FORMED
At a Press Conference on June 15th, the Grenada Oounoll for Human
Rights was officially launched with membership open to "all persons
and organizations regardless of political bias."
According to the Council's Constitution, its objects include
"...development of national consciousness and the recognition of
human rights and civil liberties ...", and the upholding and support
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
At a meeting held on June 27th, Dr Bernard Gittens was elected
Chairman of the Council. Other members of the Managing Committee
elected are Reverend Gilbert Coxhead (Vice-Chairman), Mr Victor
Husbands (Secretary), Miss Sandra Fergusson (Assistant Secretary),
Mr Winston Bullen (Treasurer) and Ur Allan La Grenada (Assistant
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PROTESTS POLICE ACTION
In a press release on June 21st, the Grenada Human Rights Council
deplored the action of the Police and Defence Force in breaking up a
political meeting and demonstration of the opposition People's
Alliance on Sunday June 19th.
Recounting the events of that date, the Council said, "Deeply
concerned about the persistent and systematic erosion of the ordinary
citizen's rights being daily perpetuated by and sanctioned under the
guise of duly elected Government, this Council would like to register
its strong protest and condemnation of the procedures used to abort
last Sunday's meeting."
UNIONS DISCUSS SALARIES COMdISSION DELAY
Executives of the Civil Service Association (CSA), Grenada Union of
Teachers (GUT) and the Technical & Atlied Workers Union (TAWU) held a
joint meeting on june 29th to discuss the delay attendant on the
report of the Government appointed Commission charged with
recommending salaries revision of all Government monthly paid
These three Unions, recognized by Government as representing all
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Government monthly paid employees, wrote Government on May 20th
calling upon Government to cause the Commission "to reconvene not
later than Fridey 27th May 1977 and its work completed by June
13th 1977 ..."
In a reply dated May 23rd, Government advised that the Chairman
of the Commission would not be available until June 15th and the
Unions' nominee would not be available until after June 25th.
The Commission met last on March 10th and, at that time, it was
expected that its Report on salaries revision would be submitted
by the end of April. This Commission is also to recommend a
reorganization of the Public Service and it is not known how
long investigation into this will take.
sources close to the Unions said today (2nd) that it is hoped
that the Commission will resume its sittings on July 14th.
Members of the Commission are Mr Eldon Maturin, Tax Administration
Advisor attached to the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr Edwy Talma, former
Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, and Senator James Manswell,
Executive Secretary of the Trinidad & Tobago Public Services
GS COMMISSION OF INQUIRY COMPLETES SITTINGS
The Commission of Inquiry appointed by Government "to examine
and investigate all aspects of the Grenada Electricity Service
operations" concluded its hearings on Friday July 1st.
A total of seven persons gave evidence before the Commission
and five memoranda were submitted for consideration.
The Commission comprises Mr Adrian Date, retired Judge of the
Supreme Court as Uhairman, the other two members being Mr Joseph
Bain, the Grenada Government's Director of Audit, and Mr Glyn
Evans, the Grenada Government's Electricity Inspector.
Grenada Electricity Services is jointly owned by Commonwealth
Development Corporation (59.3%) and the Government of Grenada
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TUC TO REET MINISTER Og.ECUIr
In a release dated June 21st, the Grenada Trade Dhio. OouneiU (TUC)
said representations had been made to it "...regarding the incident
which took place at the Market Square on Sunday June 19th 1977, when
a political meeting and an ensuing demonstration were broken up by the
Police and Military."
TUC restated its non-partisan political stand but said its concern feo
the workers is "as much Bread and Butter issue as it is the Rights of
"On the face of it", said the release, "it would appear that the acts
of the Police and Military in using force and intimidatory tactics to
break up the meeting and demonstration were both unwarranted and
An interview has been sought with the Minister responsible for
Security (Prime Minlster Gairy), and a source close to TUG told
NEWSLETTER this interview will take place on Tuesday July 5th.
GRENADA DELEGATION FOR COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY COgNERENCE
Grenada will be represented at the 23rd Commonwealth Parliamentary
Conference by a four-man delegation comprising Hon. George Hosten,
Hon. Roy St.John, Hon H A Blaise and the Clerk of Parliament,
Mr C V Strachan.
This Conference, due to run from 10th to 25th September, is being
hosted by the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association and, according to a Government Information release of
July 1st, invitations have been sent to the United States Congress,
the Parliament of the Republic of Ireland, the Inter-Parliamentaq
Union, the International Association of French-speaking
parliamentarians, the European Parliament, the Council of Burope, the
Commonwealth Foundatton and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
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CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES RASBiag
The Executive of the Conference of Churches in Grenade ha~ endorsed
"the general thrust of the statement by Bishop Charles" concerning
the events of June 19th when Police and the Defence Force broke up
a political meeting and demonstration of the opposition People's
In a statement issued this week, the Conference said, "The use of
guns and batons to disperse the crowd ... is a gross violation of
the law and an unwarranted and unnecessary attack on the citizens
of this country."
The statement called upon the authorities "to take the necessary
steps to prevent any further recurrence of this nature."
BRITISH MPs TO VISIT
A Government Information release of June 30th states that two
British Members of Parliament will visit Grenada from July 12th
to 15th. They are Mr Alan Fitch and Mr Merck Carlisle, Q.C.
and they will be guests of the local branch of the Commonwealth
For the weeks ending 18th and 25th June, and 2nd July, banana
shipments were as follows :-
Da teP Boxes Weight (Ibs) Yalua (Wt) Redects (Bo
June 14th Geesturest. 26,802 812,754 $113,785.00 416
21st Geesttide 20,732 630,444 88,262.00 538
28th Geeststar 22,279 674,407 94,416.00 543
CRUISE LINER CALLS
No cruise liners called at Grenada during the week ending June
1th. In the week ending June 18th, the "Sun Viking" with
558 passengers called on Saturday 18th and, in the week ending
June 25th, the "Cunard Countess berthed on Tuesday 21st with 774
passengers. I'- %6 \
Two cruise liners called during the week ending July 2nd. These
were the "Cunard Countess" with 684 passengers on 28th, and the
"Sun Viking" with 620 passengers oaturday Ju$ 2nd. (76 words)
ar g ea 2nd July 1977