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For The Week Ending May 12th 1979
7th Year of Publicatioji - - 13th issue
BISHOP: CIA PLANNING AGAINST REVOLUTION
The Grenada Government has information that the United States
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a.three-pronged plan to "turn
back the Grenada revolution".
This was stated last night (8th) ip a national broadcast:by Prime ;
Minister Bishop. The first prongaof the..plan involves .the
planting of false reports in the media about Grenada, and the
encouraging of prominent individuals and organizations and
Governments in the region to attack the revolution, Mr Bishop said.
According to the Prime Minister, the second prong of the CIA plaqai.,
invS Ves the use of violence and arson in Grenad --and, if these two
prongs fail in "de-stabilizing" the. country, the third pronr ; the
assassinating of theoleadership of the country, will be implemented.
"It is clear that the first and second phases of this plan are
already in operation", the Prime Minister said, "(and) it is now up
to us to ensure, not only that the third stage is avoided, but we
must take steps to crush the first and second stages.and move
forward to build our revolution in our own way."
Mr Bishop said the information about the CIA plan came to his
Government five days before when he had a visit from "a leading. _,
economist, an advisor to several Governments who has very close
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contact with individuals int United Statqs Stat Department."
The Prime Minister did not nAua this inaoidual but- sao the person
had told the Grenada overpan tWgl be had rfceid information of
the CIA plan from his con acts J the State paoptment.
This broadcast of Mr Bishop, with accusations against the CIA, came in
'the wake of two fires last Sunday night 1(6th). The first was a
wooden cottage in the hotel area of Morne Rouge, four miles south of
St.Georges, and the second was a three-storied building in the heart
The cottage was occupied by a male student of the St.Georges
University School of Medicine who is alleged to be mentally disturbed.
The two upper floors of the building in town were unoccupied. The
street floor housed the Grenada International Travel Service, a travel
agency managed by Mrs Doreen Donovan, wife of Mr George Donovan who
was deposed Prime Minitter Gairy's Minister of State for Honw Affairs,
Inforikation and Foreign Affairs. Mr Donovan is in preventive
Theacottage fire began shortly after 7.00pm and the fire in St.Georges
was seen about two hours later. Residents near to Church Steet,
where the fire was, told NEWSLETTER that, from before 8.00pm, they
were disturbed by the smell of: burning wood bulioould not locate the
source. Both buildings were completely destroyed.
The Prime Minister related these fires to what he called "a flood
of violence unleased in Jandica" in 1976 to I"try to cause the defeat
of Prime'Minister Michael Mantey,." "Just this week!', he said, "we
have seen the same development in our peaceful country. One fire
was set deliberately, by admission, outside of town and then, a few
minutes later, when the fire trucks rushed to the first one, another
broke out in the heart of town."
Mr Bishop said the second fire was a dangerous one which could have
caused the loss of many lives and much property. HI saio also
that the second fire was "undoubtedly caused by arson" as the firemen
Swho entered the building came out "smelling strongly of kerosene.
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De-stabilization of Grenada is also being attempted by "false,
distorted and !malicious stories" in the local, regional and foreign
press, the Prime Minister said. He denied these stories, ameng
which, quoted by him, is the story that there are "several hundred'
Cubans living in Grenada and training the comrades of our People'si
Revolutionary Army". Mr Bishop said that his Government had
requested and would be happy to accept assistance from Cuba "in any
field in which we have need", but he said Grenadians living in the
island would know that the press reports were false.
The Prime Minister had special mention for the local "Torchlight"
newspaper which, he said, had "jumped on the band waggon by
attempting to discredit the people's revolution." Mr Bishop
pointed out that "Torchlight" gave front page treatment to what he
called "the diplomatically offensive and unusual cable" sent recently
by the United States Embassy directly to the newspaper, which cablq'.
replied to the Prime Minister's address made on April 13th. "But",
he said, "the same 'Torchlight' failed to carry, in the first place,
any report of the address itself."
Mr~Bishop said also that the issue of 'Torchlight' of Sunday 6th May
carried a number of "malicious and distorted articles", some of
which, he said, were potentially dangerous to national security.
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He referred specifrally to a front page story in that issue of
'Torchlight' which, he said, repeated the "libellous propaganda
relating to a so-called Communist plot by Brother Kendrick Radix
to overthrow the Government of Antigua."
"It is h-ighly significant", the Prime Minister said, "that, although
this story was some five days old, the 'Torchlight' never chose to
contact Brother Radix or any other member of the Government for a '4
comment or response. It smacks of destabilization that a firC'
days old story,which had been beaten up and down the radio stations
throughout the region,should be put on the front page and take up
Mr Bishop referred to several pjher stories in that issue of the
'Torchlight' which he found objectionaBle. Some, he rid,
contained "classical CIA planted anti-Communist propaganda" and
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others showed "the extent to which Acting Editor of the 'Torchlight',
iNick Joseph, was prepared to go in order to discredit the People's
Referring to recent statements by Prime Minister Tom Adams of Barbados,
Prime Minister Bishop said one Prime Minister has claimed that no
Chilean arms were discovered in Grenada "despite the fac# that the
world press had actually photographed the arms discovered in Chilean
crates marked 'Medical Supplies' "The same Prime Minister
appears to be ignorant of the fact that Gairy did have soldiers train
in Chile", he said, "and that Gairy's military gang of. 'mongoose men',
secret police, army and the criminal elements in Gairy's Police Force
did, in fact, terrorise and brutalise the people of our country."
:Mr Bishop referred also to a recent statement by Prime Minister John
Compton of St.Lucia that "some US$5 million in arms has been sent to
Grenada by an unnamed country". atr Compton expressed the view,'
the Prime Minister said, that this posed a threat to the security of
"According to this gentleman (who only a week ago had indicated his
interest in coming to Grenada for an informal visit to hold discussions
with our Government)", Mr Bishop Raid, "the region is too closely
tied together for him to stand like Pontius Pate and say that any
unusual occurances in one State are solely an internal matter and of
no concern to another Caribbean State."
Dumb & Silent
Mr Bishop wondered how Prime Minister Compton could.,stay,"severk
hundred miles away" and know what arms are in Grenada. "We
wonder how come", hO said, "given his professed concern for regional
security and for unusual occurances in particular Caricom countries,
thai he remained so dumb and silent, not only during Gairy's reign of
terror, but particularly with regard to Gairy's Chilean military
Mr Bishop referred also to a statement of MI. ReW HwrMts of the
Antigua Government, which statement was the subject of the 'Communist
Plot' story in the 'Torchaight' r erred to. A'The'Minister of
Education* of a particularly oppressive Caricom regime, with South
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,African connections, which takes pleasure in jailing teachers, dock
workers and political activists, and denying them bail", he said,
"has also had the nerve tp claip that Brother Kendrick Radix, our
Attorney General and Minister of Legaa Affairs, and also our
Ambassador to the UN and the USA, was banned from his country,
before the Grenada revolution, because he was involved in a
Communist plot to overthrow his Government."
The Prime Minister said Mr Radix (who is a lawyer) had been detained
in Antigua, made to sit on a chair all night and then deported, and
"his only crime was that he had gone to that island to defend the
leader of the Teachers Union and the leader of the Opposition
Political Party, both of whom had been charged with the ancient and
forgotten offence of 'watching and besetting' while taking part in a
The Prime Minister warned Grenadians that destabilization is a more
subtle and deceptive enemy than,"cowardly mercenaries sent by Eric
Gairy", but destabilization has a "fatal flaw". "Destabilization
can work only when people don't know it is happening", he said, "it
is a total failure when it is exposed and when people see it for -
what it is." He called on Qsenadians to learn and understand
what destabilization is.
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FIREMEN FIGHT TWO FIRES
Fifemen had a busy time last Sunday evening (6th) when they had to
fight two fires which broke out within a short time of each other.
The first fire occurred in a wooden cottage insthe hotel area of
Morne Rouge within a few hundred yards of the Holiday Inn and
about four miles from St.Georges. This cottage was one of
several known as the "Carifta Cottages" which were erected as
temporary buildings in 1969 to provide accommodation for visitors
to the island fot Grenada's exposition, "Expo 69", but have been
retained and rented out by Government.
At the time of the fire, which is reported to have started shortly
after 7.00pm, the cottage was occupied by a male studenteof e
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St.Georges University School of Medicine. This student is alleged
to be mentally disturbed and there are reports that his supply of the
special drug prescribed for him ran out some two weeks ago and, since
then, he has been behaving strangely.
The second fire was in the heart of St.Georges and occurred less than
two hours after the first began. The building, a three-storied
structure on Church Street, near Barclays Bank, housed the Grenada
International Travel Service on the street floor. This travel
agency is managed by Mrs Doreen Donovan, wife of Mr George Donovan
to was Minister for Home Affairs, Information and Foreign Affairs
in the deposed Gairy Government. Mr Donovan is in preventive
The fire was first seen on the second floor about 9.00pm and that floor
and the upper one, both of which were unoccupied, were soon engulfed in
flame. 'Fisemen had difficulty because of low water pressure and the e
was danger that adjoining buildings might catch, thus posing a serious
threat to a large section of the town. By 11.00pm, however, this
danger had been averted. One adjoining building,housing lawyers
offices and a small furniture store, suffered slight fire damage
but there was considerable water damage.
A report that there was an attempt to,set fire to Barclays Bank at the
same time that these fires were taking place is untrue. A blaze
did occur against a back door of the Barclays building, but
residents of the area told NEWFLETTER that this blaze resulted when
sparks fell from the nearby burning building into a box of waste
paper. This small blaze was quickly extinguished by bystanders
and no damage *aS done.
There are strong suspicions in official quarters that the fire in
Church Street was the result of arson. Among circumstances
creating this suspicion is one to which NEWSLETTER can attest. This
circumstance is that persons entering the burning building emerged wit
a strong smell of kerosene on their clothes.
Both the Carifta cottage aad the b Iding on Chtrch street were
Completel'destroyed. (461 words)
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ILLEGITIMACY RATE GROWS
According to the 1978 Report of the Grenada Planned Parenthood
Association (GPPA), more than three out of every four children born
in Grenada last year were illegitimate. The figure quoted is
77.43% and this is an increase of 0.34% over the 1977 figure.
There were 2,521 live births during 1978, and the GPPA Report gives
the birth rate as 24.54 per 1000. However, revised figures given
to NEWSLETTER today (12th) by the Illegitimate Births
Association place the birth rate at 1978
23.23 per 1000. During 1977,
the birth rate was 25.29, and the
revised figure shows a drop of 3.01
per 1000 over the period 1974 to
Other figures supplied today (12th) 77.4
by GPPA show that the age 20 group
produced the highest number of live
births in 1978. These figures show also that the youngest
person producing a live child last year was 12 years old, and the
oldest was 48. There were"47 mothers whose age was not recorded.
Age Live Births Age
107 37 31
There were '47 births in which the age of the
mother waW not stated.
During 1978, GPPAferved 10,10iective acceptors" of contraceptive
methods, and this was an increase of 1,077 or nearly 12%4over the
Live 4 irth Age
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1977 figure of 9,028. This, however,, is still under the peak year
of 1975 in the 1972-1978 period. In that year, there were 11,066
Contraceptive methods offered by GPPA are "Oral", "Inter-Uterine
Devices" (IUD), "Injections", "Condoms", "Other Methods" and, since
1976, "Sterilization". In 1976 and 1977, there were respectively,
186 and 166 acceptors of the sterilization method, but, in 1978, the
figure for this class of acceptor fell to 67. On the other hand,
acceptors of IUD rose dramatically from 362 in 1977 to 1,178 in
Active Acceptors By Method
Year Oral IUD Inj Cond Methods nation Total
1972 1781 184 319 .454 347 3085
1973 2034 223 551 4770 572 8150
1974 2289 274 673 5725 750 9711
1975 2721 263 730 6703 649 11066
1976 2581 310 886 6136 694 186 10793
1977 2769 362 750 4222 ..759 166 9028
1978 3167 1178 1496 3302 895 67 10105
The increase in IUD users is due to the trial study
of "multiloads" being conducted. A large
percentage of acceptors who changed their method,
changed to the injection method which accounts for
the increase in acceptors of this method.
This increase results from the tU16i' dy of "multiloads" now being
carried out. The "multiload" is a small plastic rod wound with
copper and fitted with two flexible plastic arms at the top end.
During 1978, 806 of these divices were fitted, the majority being
in the 20 to 24 age group. Of the total fitted, 64:had .to bej;
removed for various reasons (bleeding,. pain etc). and GPPA reports
that only 6 acceptors had to be treated at the clinics for side
effects. Follow up visits to acceptors are to be made during
this year and results of the study will be reported later.
6PPA's programme emphasis during 1978 was on establishment of an
island-wide youth programme. This was an effort to decrease
the number of teenage pregnancies, and the main thrust was the
"Youth Involvement in Family Life Education & Services" project
which was launched on March 1st 19 w
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This project received funding of BC$106,699 from the United Nations
Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), and activities include youth
club meetings, school programmes, film shows, home visits and
informal chats. At years end, some 20-25% of Grenada's 29,750
young people in the age group 14-22 werecontacted, and GPPA
considers this a good start for the programme.
Population, Birth Rate Etc
Live Birth- Rate Rate Per 1000 Illegiti-
Year Population Births Per 1000 Live Births macy Rate
1974 106,031 2734 26.24 31.09 75.13
1975 107,779 2890 27.42 23.53 76.54
1976 109,609 2717 25.98 27.65 69.06
1977 111,184 2628 25.29 16.74 77.09
1978 113,121 2521 24.54 28.96 77.43
Revised figures give the birth rate for 1978 as 23.23
TRIBUNAL CONTINUES SITTINGS
The Preventive Detention Tribunal continues its sittings and, this
week, nineteen detainees had their cases heard. Details of 16
were given in NEWSLETTER for the week ending 5.5.79, and the other
three are as follows.
Romain's connections are not known. Francis Jones was the
Superintendent of Prisons at the time of the revolution on March
13th. He served at one time in the Grenada Pefence Force as a
Commissioned Officer. Dudley Passee is identified by the Duffus
Commissioners as a member of the "mongoose gang". There was
evidence before the Commissioners that, together with other members
of the gang, he took part, on 9th June 1973, in an attack on a
tradeunionist, Mr Clarence Ferguson, and his family. As a result
of the attack, Mr Ferguson was hospitalized and had to receive
over 50 sutules. His wife was chopped on the hand and his 15
year-old daughter was stripped of her clothes and left naked in
the road. (continued)
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Rodney Garraway, another detainee, was due to have his case heard
on May 11th, but NEWSLETTER is advised that he has now been released.
Ma 14th see note on page 11)
Coomansingh's connections are not known. George Rullow is an
auctioneer and small businessman. It is alleged that, after the
revolution had taken place, he:made-aa overseas telephone call which,
in the opinion of the Government, endangered.national security.
Adonis Francis was an Assistant Superintendent of Police. Terrance
Jones is identified by.the Duffus Commissioners as a member of the
"mongoose gang". Jones took part in the attack, on November 18th
1973, on six members of the New Jewel Movement,
The connections of Mason and Fraser are not known. Ian LaCrette
was a Sergeant in the Grenada Defence Force and received military
training in Chile during 1977 and 1978. Moslyn Bishop is
identified by the Duffus Commissioners as one of the leaders of
the "mongoose gang". Carrying the aliases of "Pram" and
"Joseph Bishop", Bishop had ?8 convictions between August 1956
and December 1969, including convictions for larceny, assault on
police and wounding.
The connections of Neckles and Whyte are not known. Johnny Madrid
is reported to have been bodyguard to deposed Prime Minister Gairy.
Alston Hood is identified by the Duffus Commissioners as one of the
leaders of the "mongoose gang". Hood, alias '"horne", had eight
convictions between July 1961 and December 1967, including
convictions for assault and disorderly conduct.
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Nothing is known of the
connections of these two men.
NOTE The names listed for hearings from 14th to 17th are, of
course, scheduled for next week.
The number of persons in preventive detention as of today (12th)
The last statistics given for banana shipments were in NEWSLETTER
for the week ending 21st April and covered shipments up to the
"Geeststar" on March 20th. Statistics are now available on the
Ship & Boxes
Date Shipped W
The boxing plant weights
603 43.824 4
on these shipments are not yet available.
On the shipments of 28th March and 4th, 11th and 17th April, the
Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) paid producers ECCi3 per
pound on the weight of fruit received at the boxing plants. On the
shipments of 17th, 24th and 30th April, and the shipment of 8th May.,
payment was at the rate of EC( 15 per pound.
Boxing plant weights for the 6th, 13th and 20th March are,
respective 540,122 jbs, 534,656 lbs and 635,356 Ibs.
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Prices paid to producers by q$GCS on shipments of 5th,llth and 16th
February, 13th and 20th March, are BC(:12 per pound on each shipment.
The price paid by Geest Industries on the shipment.'of March 20th is
ECo 29.026 per pound.
Statistics still to be obtained are the boxing plant weights on
shipments of March 28th, April 4th, 11th, 17th, 24th and 30th, and
Shipped to ....
+17.40% 8,228,054 -14.07%
+18.33% 6,055,675 -10.55%
+44.72% 3,374,687 9.06%
Total Dollars (BC)
Earned to ....
+57.59 2,246,67 -1122
+57.57% 1,627,932 8.20%
+89.72% 922,307 4.12%
i August ]
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Cruise Liner Earnings
Grenada has earned EC$3,785,576Vto May 7th from cruise liner visits
during the current Winter Cruise Season. This is the estimate
of the Grenada Tourist Board. Basis of the estimate is the
assumption that 75% of 77,408 cruise liner passengers landed at
Grenada and spent US$18 each.
Junior Ministers Appointed
People's Law Number 25 of 20th April appoints Mr Caldwell Taylor to
be Secretary in the Department of Information & Culture in the
Prime Minister's Ministry with Mrs Phyllis Coard (wife of Minister
of Finance ir Bernard Coard) as his Deputy. The-same law appoint
Mr Vincent Noel to be Secretary in the Department of Home Affairs
in the Prime Minister's Ministry.
People's Law Number 26 of 27th April appoints Mrs Angela Bishop
(wife of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop) to be Deputy Secretary for
Tourism in the Ministry of Agriculture, Tourism & Fisheries. Miss
Palme'Buxo is the Secretary for Tourism (People's Law Number 13)
Boards Of Agricultural Cooperatives
The Government appointed Management Boards of the Grenada Banana
Cooperative Society, Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association and the
Grenada Cocoa Industry Board (see NEWSLETTER week ending 7.4.79,
page 16) are in effect from Sth April 1,979 according to the
Government Gazette of ..ay 4th.
Income Tax Commissioners Appointed
The Government Gazette of May 4th announces that Elvin St.Bernard,'
Louis Rowley and P C JereQpiah have been appointed Income Tax
Commissioners with effect from 26th April 1979.
The Government Gazette of May 4th announces the following appointments
to the Grenada Agricultural &.Industrial Development Corporation
L F Wilson Jr
Robert Lloyd Fesguson
The notice in the Gazette does not state when
effect, but it is presumed that they are with
the date of the notice which is.April 30th.
these appointments take
immediate effect from
Tourism Secretary meets GHA
Miss Palme Buxo, Secretary for Tourism, met with the Grenada Hotel
Association (GHA) on April 10th, and assured GHA that Government
will shoulder its responsibilities to the Tourist Industry. .She
said close liason will be established between the Ministry, the
Tourist Board and the Hotel Association. GHA's. President,
Mr Royston Hopkin, told Miss Buxo that 75% of,Grenada's hotels are
owned by nationals, and he hoped the Government would continue to
encourage local investment in the industry.
Grenada Represented at CEC Meeting
Mrs Angela Smith, President of the Grenada Employers Federation, was
the island's representative at the 19th Annual General Meeting of the
Caribbean Employers Confederation ( BC) held in Kingston, Jamaica
from 25th to 27th1 t il. CBC's Interim Meeting will be held in
Grenada ex. October.
New Director of Public ProsecUtions
Grenada's new Director of Public Prosecutions, Guyanese-bor' .
Mr Desmond Christian, arrived in the Stat 'uon Monday (7th) and
took up his duties on Tuesday (8th). Mr Christian was Director
of Public Prosecutions in the Gaiify regimiuntitf.'e 'w~i dep6ed -
on August 3rd 1976' (42 *ord )
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SGrenada Represented at Legal Affais Meeting
Mr Lloyd Noel, Grenada's Acting Attorney General & Minister
for Legal Affairs, left the island on Sunday (6th) for a meeting in
Antigua of Caribbean Legal Affairs Ministers. The meeting is
expected to end today (11th) and Mr Noel will return on Sunday (13th
The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) will receive this
month a Technicon Auto Analyser which will improve greatly the
analystical facilities at the WINBAN research centre in St.Lucia.
Made available through the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA), the analyser is said to be capable of processing 60
to 120 samples per hour, and to be able to analyse 5 different
Mr D A Perryman and Dr J Edmunds of WINBAN visited Belize in
January of this year to survey banana industry development and
assess future developments in that country.
The Belize Banaha Industry collapsed in 1968 due to problems
associated with disease, transport, shipping and finance, but was
resusitdied in 1972 with Caribbean Development Bank funds. Bananas
are grown in pure stand at 700 mats per acre in holdings from 30 to
over 100 acres. Twenty-eight tenant farmers take up 1,090 acres
and the rest of the acrages is farmed by the Banana Growers
Association and banana growingcompanies. Shipments are to the
United Kingdom and present production is 12,500 tons per annum.
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WINBAN scientists will present 4 papers at the meeting 'ot
Association for Cooperation in Banana Research in the Caribbe- &
Tropical America (ACOBAT) due to be held in Panama later this
month. ACOBAT Pad its beginnings in St.Lucia in May 1970 when
a group of banana researchers met to share knowledge and experien
It is expected that more than 200 delegates will attend the Panama
THE GRBmADA NRWSLETTBR
CIhftSE LINER CAiLS
Week Ending .12.5.79
During the week ending May 5th, four cruise liners called at Grenada.
Ma.: 2nd "Carla C" 805 Passengers
There were also four calis during
May 9th "Carla C"
10th "Ivan Franco"
the week ending May 12th :-