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The Grenada newsletter
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughea.
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For The Week Ending May 27tkh 1978
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Mr Unison Whitemen, Opposition Member of the House of

Representatives, was "named" by the Speaker at a meeting of the

House yesterday (24th).


The House was, at the time, considering a Bill to increase

penalties set out in the Price Control Act. Mr Whiteman was

concluding his contribution to the debate when Prime Minister

Gairy objected to something Mr Whiteman said.


At a press conference yesterday (24th), Mr Whiteman said that, at

that stage, Mr Alison Reason, the Speaker, called on him to

withdraw the statement, but he (Mr Whiteman) pointed out that

neither the Prime Minister nor the Speaker had identified the

statement being objected to.


The leader cf the Opposition, Mr Maurice Bishop, who was also at

press conference, said he too had tried to get the Prime Minister

or the Speaker to identify the statement, but all he could get was

Mr Gairy's statement that he "would not remain and see the House

dragged down with gutter politics."
Records
Mr Whiteman said he told the Speaker that if he is. to withdraw any

statement, he must know exactly what statement was being referred

to, and the grounds on which he was being asked to make the

withdrawal. He said the Speaker did net answer either of these

two points but adjourned the House stating that he was going to

consult the records to see exactly what had been said.


According to Mr TLiteman, when the Speaker returned and reconvened

tho House, he still did not identify the statement but called

again for a withdrawal.


Mr whiteman asked again for identification of the statement. "At

this point", said the MP, "the Prime Minister got to his feet and

told the Speaker, 'we are prepared to name them', whereupon the

Speaker asked for a Motion to this affect and the prime Minister

moved it." (continued)











Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 27.5.78
Page 7
oppression in Grenada." "The undemocratic practices we have

seen in and out of Parliament have continued in the last few

months", he said. ."In pwrlisment there has been no Public

Accounts Committee, no RHport by the Auditor General for the last

7 years, no notices of Bills and very-few sittings of the House,
Outside of PaEliament, we still cannot publish newspapers without

paying a fabulous sum, the anti-worker laws and anti-worker

attitude continue and there is the continuing crisis over

permission to use a loudspeaker which the Commissioner of Police

continues to refuse us."

The meeting of Parliamentarians to select the delegation to the

CPA meetings was chaired by President of the Senate, Mr Graowas
James. Mr James was not available for comment brttLkh4HtlBR

reached Mr Alison Reason, Speaker of the house, who was present
at the meeting.

~r Reason told NEW~LETTER he could not remember what decisions had

been reached at the meeting. Hle did remember that there had

been an argument but he was under the impression that, when the

meeting closed, the dispute had been resolved.
(491 words)


OPPOSITION TO BOYCOTT ACP-EEC MEETING V/

Ar Winston Whyte, Opposition Member of the Grenada House of

Representatives, told NEWSLETTER today (25th) that he and

Mr Herbert Blaize, another Opposition Member, would reject

Government's invitation to attend the APC-EEC meeting to take place

here from May 29th to 3rd June. Mr Whyte said rejection of the

invitation is in protest against the "naming" of Opposition

Member, Mr Unison Whiteman, on May 24th. (see story on page 1)

The APC-EEC Meeting (African, Caribbean & Pacific Countries -

European Economic Community) will be one of the Joint Committee of

the Lome Convention Consultative Assembly of which :.r Kasango

:iukundji (Zaire) and ::r Giovanni Bereani (Italy) are co-presidents,

principall item on the agenda will be examination of a report on

the current operation and future evolution of the Lome Convention.

Before the meeting also will be a. rep*qn wvt r of ensuring
(continued)









Alister Hughes
THE GRELADA NEWSLETTL. Week Ending 27.5.78
Page 3

Coinouted
Arising from these meetings, Mr Friday said, Cabinet had decided

to make grants to the assisted schools to cover the period
January to August 1978, these grants to be worked,out individually

with each school. "The January to August 1978 period has been

the main concern of the School Boards", said the Minister, "and
the grants are to be computed on the basis of recommendations made

in 1972 by a University of the West Indies team."

Dr Friday said these recommendatidas are that there be one teacher
to every 30 students, the graduate staff must not exceed 50% and

salaries to be comparable with those at GBSS. The grants are

to be paid at the end of July 1978 after the schools' financial

statements have beer examined,

Government has also promised to give continuing assistance to the
schools from September 1978 on, the Minister of Education said.

"That assistance, however," he continued, "will be based on a

detailed study of proposals for revenue and expenditure to be

submitted to a specially appointed Cabinet Committee, and that

Committee will take into consideration the proposals contained in

uhe 1972 University of the West Indies Report, as well as the

provisions of the 1976 Education Act."

Mr Friday said it is interesting to note that the UWI Report (the
Purlong Report) makes specific reference to the minimum number of
graduates on school staffs, minimum qualifications of staff and
submission by the schools of audited statements of account. The
schools will have to comply with these requirements, he said, and

the Cabinet Committee will pay particular attention to the
statements, of account so that school fees are "not increased to

over-burdensome levels."

"This is important", the Minister said, "because several of the

schools had the idea that they could operate only if school fees
go to between 50 and 70 dollars a term. Government had to put
some constraint on this. The Prime Minister has given the
insurance that he will not want to see fees go beyond 50 dollars.
;ve hope it will still be less than 50 dollars."
(continued)










Aliater Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 27.5.78
Page L
TDeficit
The Ministry of Education is now awaiting visits from the vi ioue
schools so that their accounts can be examined, Mr Friday said.

This, in the first place, will be to discover what the Jnuw y

to August 1978 deficit is so that Government can make good this

deficit.

These decisions of Government were communicated to the Schoas
Boards late last week but, up to yesterday (24th) the teachers

et only three schools had been made offers by their Boards. A

meeting of teachers yesterday (24th) learned that, apart from

the teachers at St.Andrews Anglican Secondary School, the

Anglican High School and St.Johns Christian Secondary School,

no teachers had been made offers.


A spokesman for the teachers told NEWSLETTER teday (25th),
however, that the meeting was concerned to hear that those offers

which have been made by School Boards were verbal. The

spokesman understood that the Boards were hesitant to put

offers in writing because Government has nkt put its proposals

to the Boards in writing, and the only document given the Boards

is the script of a broadcast made by the Minister of Education

outlining Government's proposals.

No information is available relative to the teachers initial

reaction to Government's proposals, but it is known that

yesterday's meeting decided not to consider the proposals

officially until all the schools have been made offers in writing

by the Boards. It was also decided that the sick-out will

continue and that the issue of the dismissal of a teacher from

the St.Johns Christian Secondary School is to be considered a

part of the overall dispute.
Threats
yesterday's meeting also expressed concern over "threats" made to

some teachers at certain schools. A spokesman for the

teachers declined to identify the nature of the threats, the

schools concerned or the teachers affected, but he said the

meeting took a serious view of the matter and that "appropriate

action" was being considered.
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending Z7.5.78
Pase 5

Today, Thursday (25th) is a holiday in Grenada, teachers will

be "sick" tomorrow, Priday (26th) and, after the week-end,

Monday and Tuesday (29th & 30th) are holidays. Teachers

will probably be "sick" on Wednesday (31st) and the next

opportunity for them to hold a meeting will be either

Thursday let June or Friday 2nd June. They hope by that

time to have offers in writing from the School Boards.


There are 12 secondary schools in the State of Grenada.

The teachers at 8 of these are involved in the industrial

dispute. Those not involved are at the State-owned Grenada

Boys Secondary School, Bishop's College located on the sister

island of Carriacou, Mt Rose Secondary School owned by the

Seventh Day Adventist Church and located in St.Patricks Parish,

and St.Rose Secondary Uchool owned by the Roman Catholic Church

and located in St.Johns Parish.

NEWlSLETTER understands that teachers at Bishop's College are paid

salaries as good or better than those at GBSS. The salaries at

Mt Rose Secondary School are under GBSS level but housing and

children allowances to teachers considerably enhance their

economic position. It is understood that, for these reasons,

the teachers at these two schools have not tdken part in the sick-

out. NLWSLETTER is advised that at the forth non-participating

school, St.Rose Secondary, there was a strike some months ago

which was crushed by joint action of the pwaents and the School

Doard and this probably has intimidated the teachers .


The secondary schools at which teachers are taking part in the

sick-out are :-

Presentation College

Anglican High School

St.Joseph's Convent, St.Georges

St.Johns Christian Secondary School

St. Andrews Anglican Secondary School

St.Joseph's Convent, St.Andrews

McDonald College

St.Davids Secondary School
(1103 words)
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Altater Hughes
THE GRENADA NELWSLETTER Week Ending 27.5.78
Page 6
OPPObITION NOT ON CPA DhTEGATION /

Because of what has been called "undemocratic proceduress, the

Grenada Opposition in the ILbuse of Representatives will not be

represented at two forthcoming meetings of the Commonwealth

Parliamentary Association (CPA).

In an exclusive interview on Tuesday (23rd), Mr Maurice Bishop,

Leader of the Opposition, told NLWSLATTE that, at a meeting of

Parliamentarians called to elect representatives to CPA meetings

to be held in Trinidad on June 10th and Jamaica on September 19th,

GQvernment parliamentarians had refused to accept nominations
made by the Opposition.

mr Bishop said the convention is that two Government representatives

and one Opposition representative form the delegation, but the

government Parliamentarians refused to consider the nomination
oade by the Opposition because the nominee was not at the meeting.

lIt was pointed out that our nominee had indicated his
willingness, to be on the delegation", Mr Bishop aaid, "and it was

also pointed out that one of Government's nominees was also not
at the meeting, but, in spite of this, they persisted in refusing
to accept our nomination and proceeded to elect one of their own

number to take our place on the delegation."

The Leader cf the Uppositton said that letters of protest are

being sent to all branches of the CPA and that personal contact

had already been made with parliamentarians on both sides of the

House in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana. He

said there had been favourable reaction that something be done
about the matter and there were several possibilities.

"One possibility is that certain elements in Trinidad might be
prepared to hold a protest demonstration if the Grenada delegation
arrives without an Opposition representative", he said, "and there

night also be a challenge of the Grenada delegation from the floor
or the meeting."

Ir Bishop aaid this incident had to be seen as "part of the
:-ntinuing saga of the general Aove towards dictatorship and
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GPRNADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 27.5.78
Page 2


Mr Whiteman said he refused to leave the House and, at Mr Gairy's
instigation, the Speaker called on the Sargeant-at-Arms to eject

him. All the opposition Members then walked out.

Both the Leader of the positiono, Mr Binsop, and Mr Whiteman said
they returned to the House after the Meeting to get a copy of the

statement objected to by the Prime Minister. Mr Bishop said

Speaker Reason had told him he would have to consider his ruling

on that request. Mr ihiteman said he had been told by the

Clerk of Parliament that, on the Speaker's instructions, a copy

of the statement could not be given to him because he is not a
Member of the House now.

I.r Reason has not been available for comment.
(441 words)


TEACHERS' SICK-OUT CONTINUES'

Following a meeting of teachers yesterday (24th), it is likely
that the sick-out in operation against Governient-operated

secondary schools will continue until the end of next week (June 2nd).

This industrial action began on May 4th and is in support of the
teachers claim for increased salaries. The School Boards have

said that, unless Government increases its annual grant or allows

the schools to charge more than the present fees of EC430 a term,
salaries cannot be increased.

Teachers at the Government-owned Grenada Boys.' Secondary School

(GBSS) recently had salary increases, and teachers at the
Government-tssisted schools want their salaries equated with
those paid at GB8S.

In an exclusive interview, the Minister of Education, Dr Wellington

Friday, told NEWSLE'LTE yesterday (24th) that Prime Minister Gory
and a special Cabinet Committee under the chairmanship of

ir George Hoste9 Minister of Finance, had given attention to the

,mtter and had had meetings with Heads of Churches and Governing
bodies of Government-assisted secondary schools.
(continued)











Alister Hughes
THE GRONADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 27.5.78
Page 8

closer cooperation with economic and nooac.l sootors of the A&D

-tates ~.a ths FC,


The Joint Committee has 106 delegates, half of which are from the
European Parliament and half appointed by the IMP Statea Among

those taking part in the debates will be ir Peroival J Patterson,

Foreign minister of Jamaica and Presidert-in-Office of the ACP

Council.


Following the meeting in Grenada, a delegation of members of the

Luropean Parliament will visit Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and

Jamaica.
.(207 words)
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GRKIADA'S TERRITORIAL WATERS EXTENP)ED

The territorial waters of Grenada are to be extended to a point

.2 nortical miles from the coasts of the island including the

;oosts of off-shore islands whjoh are dependencies.

This is set out in an Act (17 of 1978) which was assented to by

Governor General Sir Leo de Gale on May 5th and published in the

Government Gazette of Uay 12th. The Act is called the "Grenada

Territorial Waters Act 1978", and it "shall come into force on

such day as the minister may appoint by notice in the Gazette."

According to the Act, a foreign ship shall be permitted "innocent

passage" through Grenada's territorial waters, but a foreign ship-

of-war shall not nagivate in those waters without permission.

The passage of foreign ships will be "deemed to be prejudicial

to the peace, good order and security of Grenada" if, among other

things, they exercise or practice with weaponry, collect

information about the defence, security or economic or social

conditions of the island, fish or cary out research.

The Act empowers the arrest of the ship and its captain without

warrant and the ship may be brought into a irenada port.

Convictions under the Act carry fines up to EC010,000 and

imprisonment up to 5 years.
(215 words)









Allster Hughes
THE GRLADA NEWSLI TIER Week Ending 27.5.78
Page 9
THE rlaIX/BhLMAR CjijTRaOVESY
There has been controversy over a speech made by Opposition

Senator Kenrick Radix at a meeting of the Grenada Senate on

Saturday 18th February 1978. Senator Radix spoke on the death

of the late Innocent Belmar who was murdered in Grenada in

January last and who, at the time of his death, was an Acting

Minister of Government.

Belmar was at the centre of an incident which took place in the

town of Grenville on 18th November 1973, which incident was

investigated by the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into police

brutality and the breakdown of law and order in Grenada. It was

this incident which was referred to by Senator Radix in his

speech.

The background is that 3 members of the New Jewel Movement (NJI)

were badly beaten by a gang of "Police Aids" under the command of

Belmar who was then a Police Officer. The three injured men,

:Maurice Bishop, Unison Whiteman and Selwyn Strachan, together with

three other NJM members, Kenrick Radix, Simon Danuel and Hudson

Austin, were taken to the Grenville Police Station (then in the

charge of Bolmar), put in a cell and, until the next day, denied

medical treatment and contact with family, friends and legal

representatives.

In their Report, the Duffus Commissioners say two doctors were

taken to the police Station but Belmar refused to let them see

the injured men. ",There is clear evidence", the Commissioners

say, "that Belmar's behaviour was not only inhumane and uncouth

but he was arrogant and insulting ....."
Afraid
Also in their Report, the Commissioners say Belmar spoke to the

men in the cell and "must have been aware that they were in urgent

need of medical attention." They say that, in his evidence,

Belmar admitted that a doctor came to the police Station "but he

was afraid to open the cell because of the attitude of the 150

Police Aids who were there."

Evidence before the Commissioners was that the "Police Aids were
"the bosses of the situation" on that occasion. "It was Belmar
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THL GRENADA NEWSLETTER nack -nddng.27.5.78
?Pae 10
who had unleashed this Frankenatein on the town of Grenville",

the Commissioners said, and he was unable to control it."


Following Senator Radix' speech in the Senate on February 18th,

an exonrpt from it was broadcast over Radio Grenada together with

a statement by Prime Minister Gairy. In that statement, Prime

Minister Gairy sasd Senator Radix' speech exposed the "truth" of

what happened on 18th November 1973.


There has been much debate as to whether this exaorpt from Senator

Radix speech accurately reflects the substance of what he said,

and whether his speech throws new light an the events of November

18th 1973. As part of the record of the early months of 197.,
NLWSLEfTER now reports Prime Minister Gairy's broadcast statement

together with the excerpt from Senator Radix' speech. The

hole of Senator Radix' speech as recorded in Hansard, the

official report of the Senate, is also reported. For convenience

of reference, the exoerpt is underlined.


Radio Grenada Broadcast By Prime Minister Gairy
6th :larch 1978
t.y dear people, thousands of citizens and residents of Grenada

for 4 years have been carrying the wrong impression over the Jewel

crisis, with particular reference to an incident which took place

in Grenville on Sunday November 18th in which people, including the

parents of the Jewel leaders, religious leaders, even a bishop,

medical doctors and other respectable citizens were told, and

they believed this, that the Jewel leaders were beaten and

-iutalised cruelly and mercilessly by a police officer called

Innocent Belmar.

thousandss flared up in sympathy for the Jewel leaders as they

were told that they were locked up and beaten up in jail. A

crisis ensued. Over 20 demonstrations took place. "Human

Rights" was the cry of the day. School children joined in.

Government was esked to resign. The Govern&r was asked to

:;ave. The Premier was, likewise, asked to resign and all and

sundry washed their tongues on Erie Gairy as the HeaA of Government

i minister responsible for Home Affairs, and on Innocent Belmar.
(continued)








Alister Hughea,
THE GRENADA NEMISLjTTER leek Ending 27.5.78
Page 11

Mount Royal was the scene of many meetings. Representatives
of various interested Bodies, Bishop Bebster and other religious

Heads, leaders of tradeunlons, commercial business leaders, in

fact, they formed that infamous Committee of 22. I, Eric

Matthew Gairy, was not able to convince any ef the 22

organizations that Belmar's action in the exercise was simply to

secure the lives of those Jewel leaders who thought they could

have taken the Grenville Police Station and subsequently the other

Stations and Government by the bullet rather than by the ballot.


Belmar told me, on the telephone about 7 o'clock that same evening,

that if he had allowed the angry crowd of many hundreds of people

to see any one of the Jewel leaders, it would have been instant

murder, a complete massacre of the Jewel invaders. I gave this

in my evidence at a private sitting of the Commission of Inquiry.

Both ;ir Belmar who has now passed to the Great Beyond and your

humble servant were the victims of all types of abuse and slander,

but, since God is greater than Man and prayer is the strongest

weapon God has given Man on this planet Earth, I have the fullest
one day
confidence that the truth would/come out, and must come out, from

one of the horses' mouths. Alas, the truth has come out, and

has come out from the horse's mouth, the mouth of Kenriok Radix.

The following is an excerpt of what he said in hid own voices

speaking in the Senate on the morning of Saturday February 18th

1978. Listen to what he actually said .......
( in Senator Radix' vote)

Let me say, and I will say something today in memory of

Innocent Belmar, which I have never said on any public

occasion, and I say, in the Parliament of the people that,

were it not for Innocent Belmar on the night of the 18th

of January (sic) 1973, I would not be alive today. He
was a complex man. I say publicly that, were it not

for Innocent Belmar, the Leader of the Opposition today

would not have been alive to chart the destiny of our

country in the years ahead. Were it not for Innocent

Belmar, the Honodrable Unison W.hiteman would not be alive

today. Mr Selwyn Strachan and IMr Hudson Austin would

not be alive today. This is a ~icession that I
/Cont-:nued'










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLLTTIE Week Ending 27.5.78
Page 12

make because it is true.

(Prime Minister Gairy continued ..)

My dear people, how could any person, young or old, take the

Jewel seriously.? How can young people trust them ? The

Jewel leaders owe an apology to every citizen, a letter to

;ir Duffus. ahd to each of the other Commissioners, a letter to
I Y
the Bishop, Bishop Webster, an oral apology to their parents

and close relatives, a letter to each of the 22 organizations.,

rn open apology to the schools that were involved, letters of

apology to all the press, radio and television media to which

they have, for years, constantly been telling their lies about

Innocent Belmar and, finally, because of the sympathy votes

which they got, they owe this country their immediate and

unqualified resignation from Parliament, if they have any modicum

of decency and manhood. The Grenada public now awaits their

resignation. Thank you.


Speech By Senator Kenrick Radix in the Grenada Sent e
18th February 1978

:.l President, we on this side of the House would like to extend

to the wife and children of the late jlr Belmar our sincere

sympathy on the loss of a father and a husband and a relative

in the family. But, Mr President, I heard the distinguished

Leader of Government Business saying of lr Belmar that he was a

man who was a champion of the people of Grenada. This is a

matter of perspective.


I got to know Mr Belmar myself while I was incarcerated by him

in Grenville, but, this was not our first acquaintance. Our

first acquaintance took place in St.Davids when, gun in hand,

I escaped with my life. But I guessed that he was acting

in the way that he thought was fit and he showed a certain way

of thinking which, to my mind, was misguided, but which he no

doubt thought it would be the line of his duty.


The loss of Mr Belmar, an elected Member in the Parish of

Jt.Andrew, is untimely and the circumstances of his death

as far as we are concerned on this side of the House were

'deed unfortunate. However, Mr P~asident, Mr Belmar's
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NElIS&LETTER Week Badlng 27,5.78
Page 13
relatives, his children, his wife, have now joined the litany of

widows, the litany of children who will see no more their loved
ones and who will wtcep no more at the joys and the tribiations

that a family usually doss.


I say it is a lit oa Mr Iresident, because, as far as we are

aware on this side of the House, there hav, been wanton shootings

and killings of other persons of this State and there have never

been a incantation of an official nature as there is now. There

has never been a thought or a word of prayer being offered up for

the souls, for the families, for the children, for thc wives made

widows at the flash of a gun.

I call to mind that it is in hhis spirit of loss, family loss,

which is the highest stage of any orgainsed unit in society, that

we call to mind also the wanton and malicious killing of Jeremiah

aichardson, gunned down in the prime of his life. We call to

mind also, with equal sadness, the murder of the late Rtpert

Bishop, the father of the Leader of the Opposition, who was

gunned down on the 21et January 1974, a 303 bullet through the

mid-section of his body. We call to mind also the memory of

Harold Strachan, himself gunned down by a bullet, wanton and

maliciously executed, but no word has been sung. In the words

of a famous poem, "not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,"


Let us also remember the memory of a martyr of this country, a

young man in the prime of his life, blister "trachan, who was,on

the 19th June last year, ceremoniously, maliciously killed,
murdered by the authorities and under the aegis of law and order.

This young man of Woburn or Caliviny in this Parish, citizen not

involved in any conflict, not causing any concern to the

authorities of this State save that he was attending a meeting,
and the forces of law and order orchestrated from Mt Royal, shot

at this young man while he was in the sea, and, as a result, he
swam out and met his untimely death.

Let us, therefore, in observing the passing away of an ex-

parliamentarian, an ex-Member, Jfficial Head of the Grenada

Police what we can call he wasn't titular but he was the de
(continued)










Alister Hughes
'H2i GRENM~D NEL.LETTER Week Ending 27.5.78


facto Head of the Grenada Police Force, also the Official Head of

the Grenada Secret Police. Let us remember, too, Mr President the

weeping that has become too frequent, much too pronounced, of the
is sweeping this region of ours, a violence which
violence which/has its origin, the repression, the anti-democratic
nature, the suffering, the hunger, the lack of oj;por.tunities for

our people.

Let us remember that this Government has been in power now nigh

25 years, and therefore it is responsible for the creation of that

sort of environment in our country where the gun seems to be

symptomatic of that democracy ruled by the gun, unprecedented in

the annals of our country, Mr President, all emanating from a

policy of law and order, not law based on justice, but order
based on facist forces and, therefore, if this is another

opportunity i;r President, and we in the Opposition clearly

recognized the Goverrnment has an overall responsibility to see

chat conditions existing in our country are for the preservance

of peace, but always peace within a democracy and not like

Chamberlain said, 'peace in our time at what price'.

ind so if my words today, and if the words of all citizens of

this country taken as a whole, that they want peace, but not

ence at any price, they want justice and not one-sided justice,
work, work for the salvation of our country. If that has that

effect upon the Government, then I say that the memory of

Innocent Belmar would live on.

It is often said that "the evil that men do live after them",

that is certainly true, and "the good is often interred with

their bones." Let me say, and I will say something today

in the memory of Innocent Belmar which I have never said on

any public occasion, and I say in the Parliament of the people

that, were it not for Innocent Belmar on the night 18th

January (sic) 1973, I would not heve been alive today. He
was a complex man. I say publicly that, were it not for

'Tnocent Belmar. the Leader of the Opposition today would not

have been alive to hove to chart the destiny of our country in
.i years ahead. iere it not for Innocent Belmar, the
(continued)









Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTIR Week Ending 27.5.78
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the Honourable Unison Whiteman would not be aldve today. Mr.

Selwyn Strachan and Ar Hudson Austin would not have been alive

today. This is a concession that I make because it is true and

history will have to be written and all the objective factors of
history must be known to the people so that they, in the years

ahead, would be able to judge objectively when the patterns of our

times has been removed.

Mr Belmar, on that 18th December (sic) 1973, acting in concert

with the forces of law and order headed by the mystic in Mount

Royal, acted with him, but he said, at a certain point in time,
'thus far shall thou go and no further', and for this I give

a public expression of thanks because death is everlasting and in

life there is hope of that victory, the victory which we in the

Opposition see, the victory which has the effect of liberating

the masses of this country.

So, let it be said of Mr Innocent Belmar, and let history record

ttatLfr.lanar was a man of many talents, good and bad, but let it

also be known that history must be judged and the people mustknow.

May the soul of Innocent Belmar, and all the other martyrs, all the
other martyrs' of this country, rest in peace.


BANANA SHIPm1ENTS

S S "Geestland" sailed on 23rd -ly with 43,052 boxes of bananas

weighing 1,365,093 Ibs. There were 457 boxes of rejected
fruit. The Grenada Cooperative Banana Society paid producers

ECG 14 per pond. NliSLETTER regrets that, to date, no other
statistics are available.


CRUISE LINER CALLS.
There was only one cruise liner call durlog ,the week ending May

20th. This was the "Carla C" on Wednesday 17th with 699

passengers.


,iler Hughes
26th May 1978




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