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NEWSLETTER '
Volume 7 Number 33
For the Week Endingl17th November .1979 .
7th Year of Publication - - 23'st Ossue i

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PUBLICATION INFORMATION
The last issue of NEWSLETTER, Volume 7 Number 32, was for the week
, ending 27th October 1979, but, in error the front page of that issve'
stated that it was for the week ending 27th November 1979. The
Editor apologises,

This issue, Volume 7 Number 33, for the week ending 17th November
1979, covers the period 28th October 1979 to 17th November 1979.



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SCJUP FOILED
Radio Free Grenadn anr'onced on Friday November 3rd. that plot to
overthrow the People's Revolutionary Government (PRG) hadleer succek
-fully foiled during the night before.

A spokesman for the Government Information services said that, in
, pre-dawn operations 16 persons involved in the plot had been detained
and large quantities of arms and ammunition were seized.

This inforI1-ion was confirmed by Prime Minister Maurice Bishop at a

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press conference later that day and he said this was the second plot
within the last tnree weeks to overthrow the PRG. He said this
second plot was much more significant in terms of the information obo
liined and the way in which the two attempts could be linked.
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S"We lave been able to establish very clearly from all that we have

heard so far from those people now in detention and being interro-

gated", he said, that there is a definite link between this attempt

and the attempt which led to the arrest of 20 persons some three

weeks ago."


The arrests referred to by Mr. Bishop took place on the night of

October 14th/15th last when it was announced that 20 "insurgents"

had been picked up in various parts of the island. These persons

wEre said to have been found in possession of arms and ammunition

and to have been involved in a p3lt to assassinate the FRG leader-

ahip.


The full list of those arrested then has not been released but it

is known that included are Winston Whyte, founder of the recently

established People's Action Liberation Movement (Palm) and Teddy

SVictor, co-founder ( in 1973) with Unison White mn (now PRO member)

of the JEWEL Movement. Also included are James Herty, Anthony

Mitchell, Winston Crowe and Cyril Anthony Daniel. ( see NEWSLETTER

for week ending 20.10. 79, Page 14)

Connection
Mr. Bishop said that documents falling into the hands of the Sezurity

Forces and information gained as a result ff interrogation had e.-

tablished a definite connection between Winston Whytc 's PALM and the

attempted coups against the PRG.


"Secondly", he said, I think we can safel3li say there is continued

evidence of involvement between Gairy and Gairylte forces and these

'efforts. Not only would that be represented by Winston Whyte him-

self, as an ex-Ca -net-Member-Minister under the Gairy regime, but

also by virtue of the number of Dpfence Force soldiers and policemen

who have remained loyal to the principles of Gairyism".


The Prlmc Minister said this can be demonstrated fiom the documents

held by the Security Forces and frcm wnat had beni learned in i terro-

'jation of the detainees.


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Relating the events leading up to the happenings of the night before,

Mr. Bishop said the PRO had received two separate reports from the

Security Forces, one coming in'on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd'Ndv'-

ember and the other the following morning. These reports established"

there was likely to be an attempt to overthrow the PRG.on the morning

of November 3rd.


"The plan involved that some elements inside cf Grenada Would begin

to use violence by the process df arson to start a situation of com-

motion in the country", he said, and that a link-up Would take place

later that night, from the 'imes we have been given under interroga-

tion, between 1.00 am and 2.(h) a.ms hbis-rning.
American Boats

The Prime Minister said detainees interrogated had stated categoric-

ally that three "American" boats were to land armed mercenaries on

points on the west, east and south coasts of the island, and these

boats were to bring arms for "elements of the population the plott rs
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had expected to respond to their plans". Mr. Bishop said the closes

estimate which could be made is that about 1QO people in Grenada were

expected to receive these arms and be inolvAd in the use of vioncc i


In the reports from the Intelligence Forces relative to .ae attempted

coup the PIime Minister said,'three names.keep cropping up bur, by t.

the name most consistently mentioned is Wilton Morris DeRavenierre, a

Police Corporal. Information had been had on this man for several

months and, sometime after 8.00 pm on Thursday 2nd, a search was made

of his premises where he was found making molotov cocktails.


"He also hdr. in his possession electronic detonators which are ex-

tremely hard to come by", the Prime Minister said, he .ha guns,

he had bullets, .e had 'mace' ( pocket-size cylinder of tear-gas), h'

had a gas-grenade and he hac a number of very critical documents".


These documents helped to outline more cle'cly the nature of the

overthrow plan Mr. Bishop s.id. Displayed at the press conference,

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these documents include two which refer to the North Atlantic Treaty Organ-)

isation (NATO). We believe, that, together with what he (DeRaveniere) hai

told us and what we have been able to obtain in the past several months

and from other evidence in the past few days", the Prime Minister said,

"tBtt this undoubtedly establishes the external connection that we have

been talking about for some time."


Another document said to have been found at DeRaveniere's house was taken

by the Prime Minister as establishing a firm connection between Winston

Whyt. and his People's Action Liberation Movement." The document says,

"The PRG is sheep in wolf's clothing. The Palm is the opposite. Please

support tpe Palm, support happint.ss, righteousness".


The other side of the paper on which this was written carried the words,

"Down with the PRG, Down with oppression,Down with victimisation, Down wicl

Sdupedness(sic), Up with righteousness, Up with freedom, up with equality,

up with Liberty."

Maps

Also on display -s part of the material found at Deaveniere's house were

two crude maps to which Mr. Bishop made specific reference. w' One gives

in very accurate detail the location of the prison, next to it the 'Lions

Den' Ad next to it still the People's Revolutionary Army (PRA) which i-

really the Deputy Superintendent of Prison's home where some of the PRA

comrades are housed", he said, "and it indicated by means of arrows, fivr

points from which the Prison was to be attacked."


The other map, the Prime Minister said, identifies the PRA camp at Calivi-

S ghy and establishes the location of particular buildings in the camp.

It identifies those areas, as it say4, 'easy to jump to', those areas

that require the 'se of rope, it identifies the major trees in the area",

the Prime Minister sai,, and it establishes the point at which they bad

proposed to establish a blockade".










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SMr. Bishop said this matt-r is being treated v'ith extreme seriousness.

"We believe it involves a measure of boldness on the part o* these

people that is really quite surprising in many respects", he said,

"'and certainly that is quite shocking in the sense that, only three

weeks ago, 20 of their compatriots were picked up and now, just three

weeks later, they were still willing to go ahead with the original

plan that they had and to widen the scope of that plan and to continue

with their attempts to try to overthrow the Government by force."


In a press release issued on November 6th, the Government Information

Services said four more persons had been arrested on the night of 5th/

6th Novembe in connection -ith the reported counter coup. They are

Dr. Rupert Jaral, Dr. Jenson Otway and Messrs Oliver Nedd and Eamor

DeFreitas.


Dr. Japal, a medical practicioner, wa1s the unsuccessful Grenada Nation

al Party candidate on the "People'c Alliance" ticket in the General

Elections of 1976. The release says he attempted to escape by hiding

and was helr only after an extensive search. Sources close to Dr.

Jap-l Any this.


Dr. Otway was employed in tne Government medical service A jubse-

qur'it press release ( 9th) said two loaded revolvers and two boxes of

ammunition were found at his home.
Fugitive

Mr. Oliver Nedd was a Grievance Officer and Youth Coordinator under

the Gairy Government while Mr. DeFreitas is a barrister. Mr.,

DeBreitas was held for questioning some months ago in connection with

the escape from Grenada of United States fugitive from justice,

Eugene Zee'


Another person disclosed by the Governiren Informacion Services as

being among those detained is "ex-police constable Bowen". In a

release issued or November 6th, it is sLated that i "plan" found in






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Bowen's possession listed a r.nmber of rumors which have been circulating

around the country since March 13th".


Still another person disclosed as detained is Mr. Jerry Pomain. Mr.

Remain was Manager of Radio Grenada until March 13th. This is the second

time Mr. Remain has been detained. He was taken into custody a few days

after the revolution and was released towards the end of April following

representations made on his behalf by the Caribbean Publishers & Broadcast-

ers Association.


Th- actual number of persons who have been detained in connection with the

reported counter coup has not bee:: disclosed but it is est mated to be

between thirty and fjrty. With those already in custody, the total num.z;

of persons now in detention is believed to be ju t short of 1,0.

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i TRIAL Bti TV

S The Grenada Natioral Party has drawn to the attezrtion of the People's

Revolutionary Government (PRG) what it calls th great damage that cculd

Sdcne to the image of justice by what is now seen by many as tantamount

Sto a One sided trial by the public of those persons who are now held in

detention for allegedly plotting the armed overthrow of the Governr-mnt".


The reference is to television interviews of four persons who have been

Detained for allegedly taking part in the reported attempt to overthrow the

IPRG by force on November 3rd and this reference was made in a press release

issued on November 14th. The persons interviewed were James Mo4este, Tom

Pat+erson, Wayne Lett and James Bowen, and the interviews took place on the

evenings of Novem.- r 9th and 10th.


In those interviews, Messre Modeste, Pattersor, Lett and Bowen confessed

their involvement in a ptot toMoverthrow the Government and implicated in

that plot several other persons including Dr. Rupert Jap-l, Dr. Jensen

Otway and Mr. Winston Whyte. The:ry ade the poirt, however, that they had

Deen threatened with death if they revealed the plot and that they felt the

had been used a '"puppets" .


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Objecting to these interviews, GNP said there are always people who

would become "so-called informers in the hope of getting off scots

free", and the Party expressed the opinion that those who are accused

should be brought to "open, properly constituted trial".

Image

"Let them have the manifest opportunity of speaking for themselves

rather than through the mouths of immunity seekers", GNP said, "What-

ever the outc-me, the PRC would thus have enhanced their image of

seeking justice."


Some indication of the fate o: th- persons arrested in connection wit

the reported co.lp was given by James Modeste in his interview. He

Expressed the opinion that same of the deLainees are innocentt" and

will be released while those who were "using other people" will be


"judged by the Government".


" I .wnt to give the public the assurance that who knows that they az

innocent, the" would be off", he said, and, if there are people Lhal

are inl61ved in the detainees, they will be dealt with properly."


The GNP press release expressed concern also about the detention of

Dr. Rupert Japal, a senior member of the Party's Executive.


Frora recei+ addresses made to the Nation by Prime Minister Aishop,

the release said, it seemed that what is held against Dr. Japal is

that he allegedly spoke frequently and critically against the Govern -

ment.


"If this is now a crime punishable by indefinite detention" GNP said

"then very few people in this or any democratic country could plead

innocent." (442 words)




NUTMEG P 1 jCERS GEt EC$4 MILLION

Grenada's six thousand p'us nutmeg pro--cers ;~e to receive EC$4.3

million n earl, in Decembr .


The accoin:s 1.! the Grenada Co-cpe-St .'.e i.ataeg Association (GCNA)

Show this amcurt as "surplus due to growers'" for the trading year

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THE GRENADA JNEWSI'SlTT Week Ending 17 1 .79


ended 30th June 1979 and chequc3 to producers will be sent out

immediately after the Annual general Meeting due to be held on

November 29th.


Nutmeg & Mace Sales
1975 1979


Yr.Ended
'30th June 1975
6ales
N/megs lbs 2,664,720
Average
Market
Price
per Ib EC$2.6474
Siles
ace Ibs 221,960
Average
Market
Price
;. lb BC$5.2641
Total
value EC$8,170,088


1976


1977


1978


1979


6,528,719 5,819,417 6,145,449 4,533,499



EC$1.8899 EC$2.2461 BC$2.3518 EC$2.3803


763,750


740,790 549,500 576,350


EC$3.1838 BC$3.0146 EC$3.0497 EC$2.8832

14,770,613 15,304,760 16,128,777 12,453,067


Although the amount


to be distributed exceeds the surplus of BC$4


million received bv producers last year, the accounts show that the
year which ended on 30+h June 1979 was a bad one as compared with
the previous year. Gross income in 1970 was only $EC12.4 million
cs compared with EC$16.1 million in 1978 and, for the trading sur-
plus for the year, GCNA had only seventy cents for each dollar it
had in 1C78.


1951
1956
1961
1966
1971


Nutmeg & Mace Production
Annual Average For
Years Ended 30th June
Nutmegs ( lbs) Mace (Ibs)
Equiv.Shelled Equiv. Cured
1955 5,021,159 692,508
1960 1,192,979 176,355
1965 1,548,151' 237,809
1970 2,780,909 397,573
775 4,027,174 540,136


Year Erded 30th June
1975 5,339,720 769,173
197, 4,103,96b 534,660
1977 6,719,400 923,497
19/8 4,454,40- 568,139
1979 5,128,773 625,467


his drop in irnc -r- was anticipated and :esulteu be-ause a fall off in
productions on the nutmeg left, GCNA with insufficien' stocks to meet

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Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association
Statement of Trading & Surplus Distribution 1979
(Figures in ECS)


Sales
ISelected
Unassorted
Defectives
Mace No 1
Mce No 2


Cost of Produce
From Growers
!Inventory at
;Beginning of Year
Advances Paid for
;Produce Delivered
by Producers

Net Adjustments for
Mace purchased as
SOne Grade but processed
as the other

Inventory -.t end of Year


Nutmegs Mace Total
No.1 No. 2
i,215,482 1,215,482
6,835,480 6,835,480
2,740,366 2,740,366
920,013 920,013

71726 741,726
10,791,328 920,013 741,726 12,453,067





1,507,990 579,448 200,549 2,287,987


4,088,221 514,94) 188,385 4,791,546
5,596,211 1,094,388 388,934 7,079,533i
!


(1,444). 1,444
5,596,211 1,092,944 390,378
2,105,072 653,134 224,728
3,491,139 439,810 165,650


;Lxcess of Sales over Cost
of Procdce 7,300,189
O other Income
SI.,terest 271,851
SMiscellaneous 4,717
Total Income :- 7,576,75'

Expenditure
Direct Expenses 3,091,204


General & Administrative
SExpenses
Cess


Trading Suirnlus for Year
Interest c. Land Sale
Transfer from Reserve
Surplus Due to Producers


480,203 576,076


23,148 18,663
402 324
503,753 595,063


250.29C 258,901


857,345 73,003 58,858
1,085,460 3,745 64451
5,034,009 417,038 382,210

2,542,748 86,715 212,853


7,079,53-1
2,982,934i
4,096,5990
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8,356,4681


313 ,663
S443!
3,675,573,


3,600,395

989,206
1,243,656
5,833,2

2,842,316
59,884
1.448 800(
4,351,000U


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market demands: During the 977 Nutmeg Year, there was

what was described as a "dramatic increase" in production, being

the highest production in any year since GCNA was established in

1948.


Sources close to the industry say that, following an increase of

this nature, a fall off must be expected, but, during late 1977

and 1978 the drop in production was much greater than was antici-

pated and, by the start of the 1979 Nutmeg Year ( July 1977) the

Association was having difficulty meeting the demands of the world

market.


This situation is ':aflected in the production statistics which show

that, in 1978, there was a tall off to 4.4 million pounds fr-n the

1977 records of 6.7 million pounds. In 1979, somr improvement is

shown with a production of 5.1 million pounds and informed sources

say the current year is likely to be a good.one.


The payment of GCNA surplus funds to producers ( or "bonus" as it

is popularly called) is a big factor in commercial end-of-year

trading in Grenada and the negativee impact of the poor nutmeg year

would have had serious effects if the distribution of funds h
been based only on the EC$2.8 million which resulted as trading

surplus for th3 year. -n
Transfer

In this connection, the Nutmeg Board, in its Report to producers

says,"After careful consideration the Board decided to transfer

the sum of EC$1,448,800 from the reserve, plus the interest on the

Saount due by Government on the Carenage property amounting to

S EC$59,884, mak&i' a total of EC$4,351,000 available for Surplus
Distribution to Growers ....


On the basis of 'his sum, end taking into account the cash advances

made to producers and the surplus funds nw to be distributed, grow-

ers will receive the same races -er pound 'or ',,.tmegs and mace as

they received in the Nutmeg Year ending 30th June 1978.


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Holland and West Germany continue to be the largest buyers of nut-

-megs, accounting, between them, this year for 46.5% of the sales,

For the years 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978, purchases of these two

countries together have been respectively 48.6%, 48.1%, 47.9% and

50.5%.


As in previous years also, West Germany and the United Kingdom have

been GCNA's best customers for mace, West Germrny being the slight-

ly bigger buyer. West Germany's purchases in the 1979 Nutmeg Yeaz

were 43.91% of the total of exports and the United Kingdom's pur-

chases were 40.96%. In tb> years 1976 to 1979, the percentages

Nutmeg Exports 1979
of total maco exports taken by West

Germany and the United Kingdom are

respectively, 58.93% & 24.23% -

53.27% & 32.94%, 56.36% & 27..475 ,' '.r -

and 43.91% & 40.96%. ."
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In January :his year, the Manager -

of the Association, Mr. Rcbin ..

Renwick, visited Indonesia with a

vjew to getting the cooperation of

nutmeg producers in that country

in controlling world export prices ( see NEWSLETTER Volume 7 Number

25). Indonesia produces some 65% to 70% of the world's supply of
I nutmegs and the major portion of the
Mace Exports 1979
remainder is produced in Grenada.


On his return, Mr. Renwick told NEWS-
GerLETTER that there were difficulties to

S _. . be overore before this cooperation could

q be established, the main p.a'blem being

S.6 t lt there was resistance by Indonesian

Snutmeg exportc-: to an.y attempt by their

I Government to control prices.


Rir. Ro.n'ck felt, ho'~--er, that theae difficulties would be ov-

come and, that the required cooneration between the two countries
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would be of great benefit to nutneg producers in both Grenada and

indonesia. During his visit, he extended an invitation to a

mission of representatives of both the public and private sectors

to visit Grenada and he expected the mission would come to Grenada

"sometime in the coming months". A source close to GCNA told

NEWSLETTER this week that nothing has been finalised in this con-

nection

Dissolved
Since July 4th 1975, GCNA has been run by an 'Interim Beard'

appointed by the then Government after the elected Nutmeg Board

was dissolved by the Governor Gc.seral. The dissolr-d bdard,

headeC by Mr. F J archibald took this matter t- the High Court

and won a decision on July 28th 1977.


Government appealed the decision and, in January 1978, the Appeal

CourSgtreversed the High Court decision and declared the Dissolu-

tion Order valid, Mr. Archibald and the dissolved Board gave

notice of appeal lo the Privy Council but, in its report last

year, the 'Interim Board' said the time had passed for the prose-

cution of the appeal and a formal order dismissing the appea was

being sought.


Sources close tD GCNA say this crder was never obtained How-

ever, the revolution of March 13th appears to have closely this

matter. With effect from 5th Apry;. 1979, a Nutmeg J3oard under

the chairmanship of Mr. F J Archibald was appointed by the People's

Revolutionary Government and the first General Meeting of producerA

since the 'Interim Board' #ks appointed in 1975, is to be held on,

November 29th

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GS WORKERS STAGE PROTEST SI,'IKE


Employees of Grenada Electricity carv-ces Ltd. k iS) staged a one-

day strike on Saturday November 3rd to draw attention to an

inust'-ial disittc which has existed for nea y two years between

their Union, the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) 'and the
Company. .- continued -


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Negotiations between GES and tAWU, on a new Wage Agreement to take

effect from Ist January 1978, broke down early in 1978. Under the

Essential Services Act, the dispute went to an Arbitration Tribunal 4

but the Tribunal was not appointed until late in 1978.


Chairman of the Tribunal was Mr. Elvin St. Bernard while Mr. Adrian

Date represented the Company and Mr. George Brizan represented the

Union. Hearings were held early in January last and it is reported

that the findings of the Tribunal were submitted to Government be -

fre the end of the month.


The Report 'f *e Tribunal, however, was not mare public i-nediately

and it was not until sone time later that the Union and the Company

learned that the Report recommended that the matter be referred once

more to the two parties for negotiation.

Unsuccessfully
A source close to TAWU told NEWSLETTER that the Labour Commi ionei

has tried unsuccessfully to get the Union and the Company together

and the Union came to the opinion that something had to be done 'n

view of the fact that a new Wage Agreement is due to be negotiated

in Deambe .


"This long-standing dispute relates to an Agreement which wor~" have

come into effect on January 1st 1978", the source said, ano we

felt something had to be done tddraw atcentici to the fact that

this old dispute had to be resofWd before we went into negotiations

for the Agreement which is to come into effect on January 1st 1980."


Electricity supplies were disrupted island-wide on November 3rd, arn,

early the f, -!owing week, the Minister of Labour, Mr. Selwin Strachan

intervened $n the ;atter. Discusstos3 took place between the Union

a,.d the Company and agreement has been reached. NEWSLETTER is ad-

vised that, tc date, (17th, the document has not yet been signed but

tiis is expected co be done 5,hortly.


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Bisi.op and Coard On "Hit List"

The Cove'yeint information Service (GIS s -.yghat, some months

ago a plan was hatched by co.unter-revoluti naries to assassinate

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Marryshow Headstone Consecrated and Unveiled

At a ceremony at the grave of T A Marryshow, Grenadian patriot,

a headstone was consecrated and unveiled at a ceremony which took

place on November 7th, Marryshow's birthday. Marryshow, who

Struggled for Westindian unity during the early ye:.rs of this

century, was known as the "Father of Federation". He died in

1958, shortly after the establishment of the Federation of The

West TIdies.

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ES
Spice Project itartec
The Agro-Industry Division of the Ministry of Agriculture has

started investigation into the possibility of grinding and pack-

agin Grenada's spices. The project i3 funded by the Organisa-

tion of American States (OAS) which is providing US$85,600.

The Agro-Industry Division is already processing fruit juices,

nectar;, soups and sauces on a commercial scale, using 500 lbs

of raw material per week; and these products are expected 'p be

on sale by the end of November. Operations of a ner plant aru

due to begin early in 1980 when 1 ton of raw material per day i,.

expected to be used.

,, (99 ,ords)

Yemeni Ambassador Named

The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen has named Mr. Ahmad Ali

Maisari as non-resident Amssador to Grenada. Mr. Maisari is

Ambassador to Cu.- and lives in that country. Grenada and the
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People's Democratic Republic of Yemen establJshed diplomatic rela-
tions on 26th September 1979.

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reek-Bidinc 17.11.79 THE GRSADA NEWSLETTER Paqg 15

'rime Minister Bishop and Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard.


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The Govsriment Information Services (GIS), in a release issued on

November 6th, says that two policemen ,arrested in connection with

the report d p' >t to overthrow the Peoples Revolutionary Government

have implicated mr. Lawrence MalaraJ i. the plot "beyond any doubt"

Mr. Mahara; is a Trinida uarrister a,' is Head of the Trinidad

Human Rights Bureau.


GI3 said the policemen hao stated that Mr. Wir..to1i Whyte, one of

the perxc-i" etainpg in connection with .he reported plot, had
told them that, if he :7as Arrested, Mr. Maharaj wquld '1go ahead

continued -


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According to GIS, at a meeting held at the home of Dr Jensen Otway

it was decided that six persons would draw lots to decide the kill,

A hat was to contain six slips of paper, five of which would be

blank while on the sixth slip was to be written the word "kill".

The person drawing that slip of paper was to be the killer and this

fact was not to be revealed :o anyone, including the five who drew

blank slips.


"The Security Forces view this method as being highly sophisticated"

says the G'S release, "anc. ggests an e:.ternal lir.x to the counter

revolutionaries."
:r (133 words)
Bignop: What To Do witn Counter Revolutiona Les?

At a rally at Queens Park on Sunday November 4th, Prime Minister

Bishop said one criticism of his cGvernment has been that it is too

lenient, and he asked Grenadians to write in their suggestions as

to what should be done with those who had been arrested recently in

connection with the reported attempt at a military coup.


A release issued by the GOvernment Inforiation Services on November

6-h says that "letters have been pouring into he Prime Minister's

office "rith suggestions as tI the possible fate of those '.nvelvei

in the plot to overthrow the People's Revolu nary Government."
(99 words)


PRG Says Maharaj Implicated In Plot


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PaE 16 THE GRF.NADA NEWSLyETTER Week Ending Q7. 79,

with the plan".


Mr Whyte had also said, GIS reports the policemen as saying, that

Sone million dollars was to be funneled to the plotters through

1Maharaj This money was to be used "particularly for the pur-

chase of arms and ammunition".

130 words)



SKorean Ambassador Appointed

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea established diplomatic

relations with Grenada on May 9t' .:.979 and "MrS Li Yun Ok has now

SLen appointed non- esid-nt Ambassado' to Grenada.

Mr. Li Yun Ok, who is his country's resident Amb.assdor to Cu ana,

Dald calls on Gove4nor General Sir Paul Scoon and Prime Minister

Maurice Bishop on Friday 16th No emabe .

S,(57 wordp)




Sugar "r'.m- Cuba

The Cuban ship "20th Anniversary" arrived at G-rnada early in

November with 10,000 l.gs of brown sugar. This is t'he first

shipment of sugqr to be received from Cuba and, with the island'

monthly consumption estimated at 2,500 bags, this h -pment should

meet needs until February. According to the Government owned

"Free West Indian" newspaper, an doiicial of the National Import-

ing Board has said that, from now on, only non-commercial

quantities of not more than ten pounds of sugar will be allowed

into Grenada th. -'qh p.ivate traffickers."

( 89 iw6ds)


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Educate r to Visit

The Government cned "Free W.s d4-a" newspar -: leport3s that

P-azilian born Professor Paulo F-elre of the World Crunci.l of

Chur-:nes i; to ,'i"J Grenada from Novemhe:. 2~A Tne newspaper

says -hat Professor Freire :.ll discuss with the Ministry of

Educ-tion plans for the operation of ..e Centre for Popular
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Week Ending 17.11.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 17

Education which is preparing a national literacy campaign.

(57 words)



Hole in Prison Wall

The Government owned "Free West Indian" newspaper reports

that, .bout the cime of the reported attempted coup in

Grenada early this month, officials of Richmond Hill Pri-

son discovered a hole dug into the prison walls from the

outside.

The hole is reported to have penetrated 18 inches through a

20 inch wall and was lc-rge enough to acc,'-,odate two men.

6/ 0 words)



"FREE WEST INDIAN" GETS NEW EDITOR

The Government owned "Free West Indian" newspaper has 4tneV,,

Editor. He is Jamaica-born Mr. Patrick Smikle, 30, who will

be attached to the .papor on secondment for the next twelve

months.

Mr. Smikle, who is BBC trained and who is a graduate of the

Macs Communications Course of the University of The West In-

dies, waj previously employed by the Jamaica Broadcastinq

Corporation (JBC). He served with JBC for 61 years, fr 2

of which -he was Chief Editor-In-Charge of TV News.

Since 1975, Mr. Smikle has been employed by the Social Action

Centre (SAC) in Jamaica as 7Ijas & Communications Officer.

SAC is-,a sbCial arm of the Roman Catholic Church and Mr.

Smikle's principal obligation was to ediL a monthly tabloid

geared towaris agricultural workers.

'e "Free Wr-st Indian's" new Editor arrived in Granada on

October 5th and assumed ht? lut'es shortly afte:. His

salary is being paid by SAC.

(154 words)




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CRUISE LINER CALLS

The last statistics given for cruise liner calls was in NEWSLET-

TER for week ending September 22nd and covered calls up to the

I week ending August 25th.


The following additional statistics are


September 9th, "Fair Wind"
No calls during week ending 22.9.79


now available :

Passengers Week Ending
970 15. ,.


September 25th

October 6th


8th

10th

t2ti'



October



17th
!,7th


October -2nd

23rd

24th


October 30th

31st


"World Renaissance"

"World Discoverer"
"Fair Sea"

"Carla C"

'Fair Wind'





"Cunard Countess"
"Carla C" '

"Veondam"


"Fair Wind"

"Cunard Countess"

"Carja C"


"Curard Countess"

"Carla C"


MAGISTRATES APPEALS COURa ESTABLISHED

The People's Re\olutionary Government has established an -f

Count to deal exclusively with judgenmnts from the Magistrates'

Courts.


This Appeal Court, created by Py'opp's Law Number SO of 26th

October, consists of one judge namely the Chief Justit or

the person for the time being acting as Chief Justice'.


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J425

49
gi
919

765


2588


747
745

678
2170

926

738

751
2415

753

732
1485


29.9.79;

6.10.79





13.10.79


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20.10.79






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Week Ending 17.11.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 19


This Law is to be read as one with the Magistrates' Judgepents
4,
(Appeals) Ordinance, and a source close to the Attorney General's
office told NEWSLETTER that appeals may be made from the special
Appeals Qpurt Now created to the" regular Court of Appeal.
4 (92 words)


BANANA STATISTICS


I
ThpKast statistics given for banana shipments were in NZWSLPTE.R
for the week ending September 22nd and covered shipments up to the
"Geestcrest" of 31st July.

The following aiBitional statistics are now available :-
em


"Gceststar"
W 7.8.i#
Boxing
Plant
Weight lbsp540,470
Boxes 17,021
Shipped
Weight fibs527,144
Geest #
Price (ECC) 38.751
GBCS *
Price (ECr) 18
Rejects
(boxes) 343


"Geestland" "Geesttide" "Geestcrest"
14.8,79 1.2."' 28.8.79


521,895p
16,296


474,706 415,572
14,375 I, ,96


500,945 442,727 397,247
.?


*"
38.876

18

616


35.056


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18 18

966 396


# Geest Industries Ltd paid,,to Grenada Baana 4
Stoop.rat ive Society on shipped weight of fruit.


* Grenada Banana Cooperative Society paid to producers
on weight of fruit'eceived at the boxing plants.








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BANANA BAROMETER


Total Pounds
Shipped to ....


1977
31,956,783
29,564,608
26,133,837
23,926,239
21,902,725
19,028,328
16,434,7
13,633,491
10,292,476
8,156,305
A 5,720,989
2,564,180


1978
31,329,521
29,4A5,398
27,881,052
25,603,992
23,814,791
21,273,037
18,748,730
15 369,158
12,532,6040
9,576,103
6,769,83
-*711 ,02
TF


1979


- 1.96%
+ .81%
+ 6.68%
+ 7.01%
+ 8.72%
+ 7.20%
* 14.08%
+ 12.73%
+ 21.76%
+ 17.40%
+ 18.33%
+ 44.72%
4,V


r4 B"S 79/
>, ,7, 'b/
21,465,760
19,597,697
16,548,601
13,811,088
11,0;0,527
8,228,054
6,055,675
3,374,687


- %
- 9.86%
- 7.87%
-11, 3%
-1 14%
-11.98%
4.07%
-10.55%
- 9.o0%


Total rDllrs (EC)
Earned to ...


9,
8,

7,
7,
6,
5,
4,
3,
2,
1,


1978
408,509 + 10.64%
967,352 + 13.63%
382,371 + 22.85%
640,980 + 25.86%
036,196 + 30.85%
180,346 + 34.31%
349,667 + 34.26%
257,377 + 52.03%
375,955 + 50.59%'
530,5C2 + 57.5'%
773,422 + 57.57%
96',909 + 89.72%


S IS, 7-><7
. 7, b6? 11 7
6,949,465
6,301,442
5,105,946
S4,148,878
3,163,850
2,246.667
1,627,?32
922.307


4- .u
i _7
-L .7
- .5
+ 1.9
- 4.5
- 2.5
- 6.8
-11,2
- 8.2
- 4.1


i9ceriier '


ct


s8 ust
6%
6%
5% la

13% r

0% bruar
2% gJanuaryj


A.


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1977
8,503,421
7,891,650
6,874,142
6,219,691
5,590,339
4,772,874
3,983,182
3,171,067
2,233,740
i, 60,370
1,125,411
507,027


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