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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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NEWSLETTER
Volume 8 Number 5
For The Week Ending 19th April 1980
8th Year Of Publication -.-.- 238th Issue
-- -- III r i i i I i
: ," . ,

PRG SAYS 'NO' TO 'TORCHLIGHT' ;

The Peoples' Revolutionary Government (PRG) sees "no reason 'why
the order of the Secretary for National Security to close down
the "Torchlight" should not remain .in effect". This is
expressed in a letter dated 31st March from Prime Minister
Maurice Bishop's Permanent.Secretary to the Board of Directors
of Grenada Publishers.Ltd, owners of the "Torchlight" newspaper..

"Torchlight" Was closed by the PRG on Oct6ber 13th last "in the
interest of peace, order and national security", and, among
official allegations were that the paper published "vicious lies"
and "misinformation"... PRG also accused the paper of disclosing
the location of an Army camp, failing to "open its columns to a
wide range of views,, trying to stir up the maximun amount of
confusion and unrest and generally attempting to destabilise the
PRG.

Following a complaint from Mr D M B Cromwell, Managing Director"
of Grenada Publishers Ltd,. the Caribbean Press Council
investigated the matter and reported that "Torchlight" was not
guilty of destabilisation. Referring to what had been
published in the paper, the Council said "while it is true that
some of the criticism could be said to be unbalanced and lacking
in investigative competence, the sane could be said of commentary
in organs owned by thq State or by the New Jewel Movement such as
S(contirued)

produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
p c Jox 65, St.GeLX2esa Qrna&da, WGtind'.qs


~T~3-'75 .~i~iwcrrsPr~ -- -~---




THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


Radio Free Grenada, the 'New Jewel' and the 'Free West Indian' ". -
ho ,,*'1 n S.. to
Two weeks after the closure ox "Totchlighnt", in attempt to

what itcallked 'dp mc o ti.g the, newspaper,, thq PRG passed

Peopl~ts, Ew 81. Thi. Law.banned sriiarol8ii.gs by aliens and .

limited any Grenadian to.4% of:- te sharphpld~ngs .in any Compan

which is the proprietor, printer or publisher of a newspaper.

The Law automatically vested in Government all alien

shareholdings and Grenadian shareholdings above 4%.
Criticized
A meeting of.Grenada Publishers shareholders on November 12th

las14 recommended that publication .of "Torchlight" should not be

resumed until Law 81 is repealed. This recommendation was

criticized by the "New Jewel", official publication of .the New

Jewel Movement (NJM), which said People's Law 81 is to "ensure

that the newspaper becomes mare na ti'ona,' and that it reflects

the true development of the Grenada revolution."


"NJ1 calls on these enemies of democracy to stop holding back the

ope ing of 'Torchlight' ", the 'New Jewel' said, "Let genuine

freedom of the press flow in this country. No one man or two

men must hold back the freedom of the press".


OnFebruary 8th last, the Directors of Grenada Publishers Ltd

wrjte Prime Minister Bishop that they had concluded that it

wold not be necessary to repeal Law 81 before the paper is

published again. With that decision and with all alien

shires and all Grenadian shares above 4% now held by the PRG,

they saw no barrier to resumption of publication.


"We see this resumption to be desirable for various reasons",

the Directors' letter said, "not the least of which are the

repeated appeals from our advertising customers, and the

opportunity to bear testimony to the public,. local and

otherwise, that Government is sincere in its declaration

tiat it wishes to honour freedom of the press."


The Directors told Mr Bishop they had noted the view attributed

Shim recently ,.re the press that" the matter of tpt.b l pca.tpa j .

(continiedj


Week Ening 19.4.80


Page 2




THE GRENAbA NBWSLJSTTER


accordingly, it was their intention to resume publication not

later than the first Sunday in April.
No Indication
The letter now addressed to the Directors by the Prime Minister's

Permanent Secretary,: in reply to their letter of February 8th,

restates the reasons given for closing the paper and says there is

no indication that 'a resumption of publication would not once more

lead to the publication of lies, distortions and counter-

revolutionary material".


"This conclusion is based", the latter says, "on the Company's open

hostility to the PRG as evidenced by the Company's refusal ever to

admit that anything it printed in 'Torchlight' was counter-

revolutionary. Indeed, on certain occasions, the Company has

stated openly that it saw nothing wrong with what it had done arid'

would, in fact, continue along the same lines."


According to the letter, the Company's hostility to the PRG is also

evidenced by ,"the Company's refusal to invite Government to a single

one of its meetings, in spite of the fact that Government is now a

shareholder", and the Company's refusal to "sit down and discuss

with Government the. terms under which the paper should reopen".


"The PRG has no intention of permitting 'a resumption of lies,

distortions and counter-revolutionary articles in a new

'Torchlight' ", the letter says. "Furthermore, Government intends'

to publish a comprehensive media policy document which will prevent

this. I am therefore directed to inform you that no publication

of 'Torchlight' will be permitted before such media policy statement

is published, and also until the Company is willing to discuss with

Government the important issues which were the basis for the

newspaper's closure. In the circumstances, the ord-r of the

Secretary (or National Security will continue in force until you are

otherwise advised."


Sources close to 'Torchlight' confirm that this letter has been

received but refuse to comment except to say that "the PRG has not

been invited to a shareholders ubeeting since Novembetr 2th: because

there have been no shareholders meetings since then." t is
(continued)


Week, Ending: 19.4'.80


Page 3




THE GRENAI k NEWSLETTER


understood that the Directors of Grenada Publishers Ltd are

considering the letter.
(892 words)

V'
TOURIST INDUSTRY STAGNATING


Grenada's Tourist Industry is now in a state of stagnation. The

island has lost a large part of its North American trade and the

increasing flow of visitors from Europe is not yet big enough to

offset that loss.


This opinion was expressed to NEWSLETTER this week by Mr Royston

Hopkin, President of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA) and, in

Mr Hopkin's view, the coming 'summer' season will be a slow one.

However,. he sees indications that Grenada will have a good 1980/

1981 "winter" tourist season.

"Our loss of North American visitors has resulted from the

unjustified bad publicity we have had", Mr Hopkin said, and,

in addition, because of the general state of world tension,

people are not travelling abroad as much as they usually do.

Besides, there has been a very mild winter in the United States

and travel within that country has shown a marked upward swing

during- the, last few months." ,


The GHA President said Grenada had taken part in the International

Tourism Exchange in Berlin in early March, which event, he said,

is the .biggest European travel trade fair, and he thought that

Government's expenditure of some US$10 thousand on the Grenada

boothwould do the industry a great deal of good.


"Eight -ive per cent of the businesS .of some of our hotels is tnow

coming- from Europe", Mr Hopkin said- "and, while this flow,is not

yet enoug.4 to make up:for the loss from North America' the prospects

are good that the European business will increase. vBesides, I

expect that, by the next 'winter' season, we will have recaptured

considerable business from North America."


,1r Hopkin'p findings of stagnatip,in the tourist industry are

supported by statist; e covering; hotel occupancy:in, the.island-s
., (continued)


'Week Ending 19.4.80


Pa& ^4




Week) Ending 19.4.80 ~iE GRENADA NE WSfJTTER Page 5

ten major hotels. The percentage of occupancy in January 1980
and DecembLt 1970 was the lowest in three years, figures for
September, October and November 1979 all fell below the relevant
figures for 1978 and the overall percentage of occupancy for 1979
was over 5% less than the figure for 1978.

*' Hotel Occupancy
1977 1979 .
-| Ten Major Hotels
Beds -
'OO
j760 -.-UL Availa le Ledsl .





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These figures refer to the 10 hotels which offer f1 restaurant
Touri..t a siry haveti .d it .






in this type of ..acco ation fo-the te .,. ei o
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n J F M AK M J J A S o -^ D'
1U Months *


These figures refer to the 10 hotels which offer fu2ll restaurant i
facilities and, between t1em they hive a total of' 760 beds.^. No
occupancy figures are avatLiable..for "he several .hundred beds
offered by guest houses and -a i fts, .but soutces close to the
Tourist Inidfstry have t Bld f~gii(S||H^^ tik othat tbicy pa'ttferl
in this type of accoaomQation foi~[4R the patteu.tIe ajor
(c eontinued




THEa G NADA NEWSLETTER


hotels. NEWSLETTER checked with some guest house operators

and the indications are that, as with the major hotels, the ,): :

occupancy is down.
Not Attractive
Mr Hopkin said the hoteliers in Grenada are faced with a coming

"summer" season which will be little if any better than the last.
"Speaking to some of the hoteliers", he: said, "I have been told

that their charts are hot attractive and the prognosis is not any

much greater than last year and we are going to be faced with a

very sdft summer"*

In reply to NEWSLETTER'S inquiry as to whether anything is being.

done to attract the Venezuelan visitor, Mr Hopkin said any

promotion in that direction is likely to result in a waste of money.

The airline connections, he said, are so bad that.the visitor from

that country is unlikely to be attracted by any promotion Grenada

may do.:


"There is no way of getting to and from Venezuela in a day",

Mr Hopkin said, "and with that handicap, we would be throwing
away a lot of dollars if we attempted promotion in the Venezuelan

market. Venezuelan vacation travel to the Eastern Caribbean

is usually for the long weekend but, to get from Venezuela to

3i*nada, even though we're only 100 miles away, entails the

harassment of overnghting in Barbados, and this makes it

unattractive to the,Venezuelan". (continued)
(continued)
i i Hotel Occupancy
}. Ten Major Hotels
Augus 1976 January 1980
"1977 1978 1979 1980
January n/ 32.63% 41.87%" 53.155% 38.47%
iFebruary .n/a 41.54% 52.44% 45.11% n/a- 4-
SMarch n/a 34.05% 45.93% 38.61% an7&- .t
April n/A 29.47% 40.00% 34-.04% )
SMay n/a 11.56% 26.64% 14.70% $1B


JIne n/a 35'.27%
-July . /a.. -.16.29%
'August 8.01% 19.86%
September 10.90% 12.16%
i'&tober 3.63% 22.06%6
I aove.ber. :,7.41% 28.04%.
[Dece er 45-43% 35.06%


13.66% 13.40%
15.32% 12.38%
23.24% 170%
22.54% ld:24%
7 2 23.12%:
37*84 33.57%
47.67% 34.25%


,,


..


Page 6


We.ek.Ending 19.4.80




Week Ending 19.4.80 THE GRBNADA NEWSLETTER Page 7


Mr Hopkin said that, if the increasing travel trend from Europe

continues,.he expects that the-flow from that region will offset

the North American loss by the'next "winter" season. In

addition, he thought that much of the trade from North America

will be recaptured.


.I ;dont- envisage the North American loss as a long term one", he

sa.id. "The whole world is so much in turmoil that it will be

realized that Grenada is as safe as any and safer than most places

to vacation and, 6hce the North American has realized this, we will

again enjoy the traditional trade we have established with the

United States and Canada.
(735 words)



LIAT PASSENGER TRAFFIC

Grenada was the second heaviest of the 14 traffic points served

by Liat during December 1979, Barbados being the only other point

to handle more passenger arrivals and departures.


During that-month, there were 5,297 arrivals at Pearls Airport,

Grenada, and 4,604 departures, making a total of 9,901.. This

was 56 more than the third heaviest traffic point, Antigua, which

had a total of 9,845 arrivals and departures. Barbados.handled

17,674 arrivals and departures during December.


Barbados remained the heaviest traffic pointing January 1980 with

18,227 arrivals and departures. Antigua was the second heaviest

with 10,686 arrivals and departures. During that month, Grenada

had 4,747 arrivals and 5,206 departures, placing this island

third with a total of 9,953 arrivals and departures through Pearls

Airport,


Analysis of'the traffic between the points served by Liat shows

that Barbados'is a hub through which most of the airline'si

passenger traffic flows. This traffic moves principally on the

Barbados/St.Lucia/Barbados',Barbados/St.Vincent/Barbados and

BarbAdos/Grenada/Barbados routes, and, during December 1979 and

January 1980, the heaviest flow was on the Barbados/St.Vincent/
(continued o* page 10)


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Liat Point To Point Passenger,Traffic


December 1979


STT

STX

SXM 95

SKB 249

MNI 6

ANU -369

PTIP 3

DOM 26

PDF 11

SLU 9

BGI 16

SVD

GND


STX
'25



104

135

9

312

.3

32



26

.4


69

110



136

:5

378



S60


19

19


738

301

143



32

1225


17

-2
20

46

1


29 368

26 '.:277

4 -247t

22 719

.893


1616

I
1




142

12

2


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15
15


" 15

14


550

508

63

-200

278

S19

S31


2 ,36

1 .38 ;

64

.0 18

2 2

16 637

401

1

8 139

6 -44

9 521

9-

7 .12


3

1 50

18

3 27

3

80 261

19 195

87 109

611

366

392 2

5 69

5 54


7.



30,

32



205

136

470-

357-

2021



2262.

2483:


19

S3

1'



'27

f

14



14'

2973



7.


GND
3

5


1:
I'


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2

12



114

2478

103


POS Tota#
1280

828

709

1 -. 1354

952

5 5686

23 :1351

29 1600

13 1216

33 3136

163 9503

1028 3497

2005 :: 4604


PQS 6 1 4 30 "168-. 1264 2538 4020

Sota 65 :2536 I- 4159. 8045: 25.- 958 -2 7i 432"- 5297 3300 39736 {

SSTT = St.Thomas; STX = St.Croix; SXM =St Maarten; -SKB= St.Kitts; MNI '-Montserrat; ANU = Antigua i
: PTP'- Guadeloupe; DOM Dominic,; FDF.= Martinique; U^LU. St.Lucia; BGI = Barbados; SV"- St.Vincor oqt'
IND .= Grenada; 0OS = Trinidad.
Left hand column represents points of origin of traffic, top line represents destination
i Figures at right represent total traffic originating at points, figures at foot of tAble repr ,seit
S total traffic arriving at points..
-- -----~- - - -. ,- - .-.-~,-., --., .-.-*. ~,---.--,- ..-.. --..





Liat Point To Point Passenger Traffic
SJanuary 1980

PTT STX .XM 'zKB MNI ANU PTo -POM FDF SLU BGI SVD GND I
CTT 50 192 13 222 2 30 9 :18 4 .

STX 76 118 9 177 4 33(| 2 26 6 5 :

SXM .141 71 98 3. 385' 1, 59 10 38 5 2

,KB 610 282 133 38 !19' 6 24 3 -23 58
S.. . :. -:: .j i: ,- .;
lNI 9 :9 20 20 1810 1 5 .

ANU 311 334 443 801 1554: -525 616 "8 194 223 45 45 3
.279 .00 e : .2
.. T 3 1 31 5 4: 4 4 '341 279 73. OO 2 1

DOM 36 44 62 14 3 595 ,214 101 122 436 18 14 24

FDP 13 :76' 20,:.'. 94 : 9 376 447

"LU. 7 29 2 ;20 10 330 .134 153 579 2277 37 1 108 ,

BGI 7 21 54 8 267, 112 429 426 1 866 269 2599 164,

S3 4 .39: 7 9. 6 90 2973 106 i.83

G&D 54. 1 9 : 34 102 2822 17 ; 250 '
11 2:: 28 35 -175 :1020 1&

Total 1225 778 .868 1323 1642 5426 104$ 1764 1230 2931" 9574 3854 4747 3735
.,,- .. ... --,
EY S t.Thomas; STX = t.Croix; SXM = St.Maarten; S.B ; St.Kitts; MNI ontserra.t; ANU. A.tigua
t Guadeloupe;. DO = Dominica; FDF Martiniqxe; SLU' St.tLucia; BI = Barbados; SVD S S. !incen-t
GND Grenada; POS Tinidad -. ....
LJftt hand column represents nts of rigin 'of traffic, top- litne represents destination:,
g figures at right represent t 1l traffic originating,, figures at foot of table repesent- total traffic


Total'
541

456

714

2402

1875

5260

841

1683

1027

3833

8653

4520

5206

3131


40142





arriving


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Page 10 .. THt.NE. DA NEWSLETTOR. Week Endi gg(9j 4.80


Barbados route.

There were 2,973 arrivals from Barbados at Amos Vale airport,

St.Vincent during December 1979 and 2,262 departures for

Barbados, making a total of 5,235 passengers on that route. The

next itciieist rbute was thd Grenada/iarbados/Grenada route with a

total of 4,96i passengers The Grenada/Trinidad/Grenada route

was third this month With 4O010 passengers, There were 3,143

passengerV on the Batbados/St.Lucia/Barbadog route.

A secondary htb for Liat passenger traffic is Aitigua, but the

flow at that point is much less thhn that through Barbadds.

Total arrivals' and departures at Antigua during December 1979 and

January.1980 were 9,845 and 10,686 respectively, and these

figures are slightly less than 60% of the ,affic through

Barbados during those months.

The heaviest route around the Antigua "hub' "in December 1979 and

January 1980 was the Antigua/Montserrat/Antigua route which,

during -he two months, had 2,509 and 3,364 passengers

respectively. The Antigua/St.Kitts/Antigua route was the

next with i,,944 and 2,020 passengers respectively for the two

months.
(337 words)



"CORRECTION: LIAT LOANS

NEWSLETTER for the week ending March 29th (Volume 8, Number 4)

reported, on page 4, that Liat had had a loan of US$10 million

from the Caribbean Development Bank in 1975 and that a second

loan of US$13 million was expected to be available soon.

It has been-pointed out to NEWSLETTER that these loans are in

East Caribbean Dollars and not US dollars. NEWSLETTER

apologises for"this error.


^i^S?





Week-Ending 19.4.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTkR Page 11


"POLICE MAKE MARIJUANA CLEAN UP

The Grenada Police Foice has started a drive 'against 'marijuana

cultivators in the island and several large fields have been

destroyed.


In a broadcast over Radio Free Grenada on April 7th, Police

Commissioner James Clarkson said the cultivation of marijuana has

become a matter of growing concern. He said large tracts of

land which should be used "for the production of food crops were

being planted in marijuana and, in addition, the marijuana

cultivators were robbing fields belonging to regular farmers.


"Farmers cannot plant their vegetables and reap them themselves",

he said. "What is happening is that those who do not sow are thei

ones who a'e reaping. These parasites have moved to the stage

of harvesting nutmegs and have been cutting" dwn bananas planted by

the farmers." '


Commissioner Clarkson issued the warning that, in the next few days

after his'broadcast, theisecurity forces would be seeking out and..

destroying "all large scale marijuana cultivation". "The next

few days, therefore", he said, "is the time for all misguided

growers to cut down their cultivAtions, for anyone caught after that

will be arrested, charged and tried."


Commissioner Clarkson told NEWSLETTER this week that the security

forces have concentrated their first drive in this connection on

the east coast and have discovered and destroyed large fields of

marijuana.


"The volume of what we found is far more than is possible fodr local

consumption", he said, "and I believe that the principal export ..

market is probably Trinidad where the authorities have made it very

difficult to produce marijuana."


Indicating the extent of the cultivations, the CommisSioner sa

that, in one area, eight fields were discovered, the estimated value

of which was a quarter of a million East Caribbean dollars. Nobody

was found in charge of these fields, but there was evidence that
(continued)




Page 12 ,. THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week .Ending 19.4.80


hasty reaping had been done following ;his broadcast warning.

No arrests have. been made.
(317 words)



RADIO ANTILLES CRITICIZED

A Minister of -the Presbyterian Church in Grenada has accused

Montserrat based Radio Antilles of broadcasting a report on Grenada

which is "unrealistic" and "untrue,", and has suggested that the

Station's, reporter should be sent back tq the island f.or a second

look .. ,


The. criticism. came from Reverend Gerald Hutchinson,, Head of .the

Presbyterian Church in Grenada, and refers to a broadcast report

on Grenada made by the Station on March 13th., the anniversary of

the revolution of March 13th 1979. Reverend Htchinson's

comments were made in a letter to Radio Antilles, the contents of

which were published in a Government Information Service release.


Reverend Hutchinson said the Antilles report expressed the.opinion

that it, is doubtful whether the Pepple's, Revolutionary Government

has majority support in Grenada,, but, his own observationsand his

consultations with.others place,general support at at least. 70.


"I can list the criticisms of Government action which have decreased

support from the first few, weeks", he said, ".and. can speak abgut the

concernsmany share about the future, but,there..can be no-doub. that

he* (Prime Minister Bishop) has massive support clean across the

country and including all age groups."


Among other. matter, ,the Reverend Minister said also.. that the

Antilles report had belittled the support which was given to the

school repair programme which was undertaken in January.. He said

he had seen the communities out in force, pupils, parents, teachers *

with merchants supplying materials, and it was his understanding

t1it some 60 schools were entirely renovated, repaired and painted.


"Even if you were entirely opposed to developments in Grenada and
its, 4,mpact on the Caribbean", Reverend, Hutchinson told. Antilles, "you

surely would' serve the entire community better by presenting continued1





Week Ending 19.4.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 13


realistic information. You would be misleading your own side of
the cause by speaking of a few young people and doubtful support,

and consequently leading to miscalculation on all sides."


Reverend Hutchinson said he had disagreed with Government decisions

from time to time and wondered about the "strong tides moving

through our nations just now", but he was strongly impressed'with

the "principled integrity of this administration and the direct

energetic approach they are taking to re-ordering the priorities of

the nation,"


I have been deeply disillusioned by the response of the press,

particularly in Trinidad and America", he said. '"There is not

only hostile opinion which is admissable, but many distortions of

fact which are not".
(404 words)



WIFE OF DETAINEE SAYS 'THANKS'


Mrs Florence Alexis, wife of Mr Hubert Alexis, Deputy Speaker, of

the House of Representatives during the Gairy regime, has expressed

her thanks for the treatment given her husband during his detention.


Mr Alexis was arrested on 15th March 1979, two days after the

revolution. Last August, he joined with a group of other

detainees to send out a circular letter to over 100 individuals, and

organizations asking that an appeal be made to the People's

Revolutionary Government for their release, but this effort to secure

freedom was unsuccessful.


In a letter dated February 14th last, his wife wrote to Prime

Minister Bishop explaining the medical problems affecting her hisbanc

and pleaded for his release. Two days later, on February 16th, he

was allowed to go home and, on the following day, Mrs Alexis wrote

her thanks to Mr Bishop....


"On behalf of Hubert and myself", she said, "I wish once more to

thank you Mr Prime Minister and you Mr Minister of the Armed Forces,

all prison personnel and PRA officers for their kindness to him
during his detention, and may I take this opportunity to wish you
(continued *




Page 14. THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 19.4.80


all a happy anniversary, good health and strength of purpose

to-keep the ilqgan flying, Forward Ever. Backward Never."
Proof
Citing this letter as proof of the humane treatment given to

political prisoners, the Government Information Services said

Professor Stanley Cyrus, Jis the only person in or out of

detention who has alleged torture in the prisons."


Professor Cyrus (Grenadian born and lecturing at Howard

University) who the People's Revolutionary Government alleges

has links with the United States Central Intelligence Agency,

was detained in Grenada on October 14th. last. To mark the

first anniversary of the revolution, he was, released on March

25th 1980 with 12 other detainees.


In an interview with the Trinidad "Express" newspaper published

on April 16th 1980, Professor Cyrusx said he had not been

physically tortured during his.detention nor was he aware of any

prisoner at the Richmjnd Hill Prison being tortured. He had

heard, however, of stories of torture from other prisoners.


"There was no torturing ef great consequence in my prison", the

Express reports Professor Cyrus as saying, "but, when a

number of the others were transferred from the Fort, they told

us how they were tortured."


According to'the 'Expres report,, Professor Cyrus' said

prisoners had told him' they had been "Ihanged and dragged" while

others'had their"'knees and toe-nails hammered. In another

case, he said, "a man was blindfolded and led unsuspectingly

into a hive of bees around the Fort".


Professor Cyrus told 'Express' he had seven tape recordings

and signed statements from prisoners recounting torture by

prison authorities and he has already- sent tapes to the:.Human

Rights Committee of the Organisation of American States and to

Amnesty International.
(471 words)




Week Endinl 19.4.80 THE GeADA NWSE~TTER age 15


FUEL PRICES UP

The prices of gasoline and kerosene have been increased with

effect from April 8th and, for the first time, the price of'diesel

oil has been controlled.

Gasolene, which used to be sold at EC$4.72 per imperial gallon, is

now to be retailed at EC$5.04 per imperial gallon, and the retail

price of kerosene has moved from EC$5.15 to(EC$5.34 per imperial

gallon. Diesel oil must be sold at BC$5.08per imperial gallon.

These prices for gasolene and diesel oil obtain in St.Georges, the

prices in the country districts being 2 cents per gallon more. The

price for kerosene obtains islandwide.


The price of cocking gas has also been increased and this is

effective from April 14th. Twenty pound cylinders .of gas have

moved from EC$16.22 to EC$20.42 each and 100 pound cylinders from

EC$76.12 to BC$93.10 each.
s wd' ^u^' (151 words)



NEW BRITDSH HIGH COMMISSIONER

Mr J S Arthur, CMG, has been appointed non-resident British High

'Commissioner to Grenada.

Mr Arthur who, additionally, is resident High Commissioner to

Barbados, succeeds Mr H R H Stanley, resident. Commissioner to

Trinidad & Tobago and non-resident Commissioner to Grenada.

Mr Stanley retired recently.

Prior to his Barbados appointment, Mr Arthur was Counselor at the

British High Commission in Kenya, Deputy High Commissioner in Malta

and High Commissioner in Fiji.


During the first anniversary celebrations of the revolution held in

March, Mr Arthur represented the British Government as High

Commissioner designate, but he has not yet presented his credentials-i

NEWSiTTER is advised that he is now away from the Caribbean on

leave and is expected to present his credentials shortly after his

return in June. (129 words)
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Page .6 THE GREnAQA NEWS~ER Week Enging,19.4.80,


CUBAN EMBASSY, LAIFIES REFUGEE POSITION

The Cuban Embassy in Grenada has issued a declaration to clarify

the position of the Cuban Government with reference to the

persons who sought asylum in the Peruvian Embassy in Havana,

which matter, the declaration says, "has been misused,

misinterpreted and misrepresented by the imperialist propaganda

and its agents in the Caribbean and Latin America."


It is reported that, on April 1st, over 10,000 Cubans entered the

Embassy of Peru in Havana seeking political asylum. This created

serious problems of health, sanitation, feeding and accommodation,

but these were relieved when the Cuban Government did not oppose

the immigration of these refugees to other countries and gave safe

conduct passes to several thousand who returned to their homes

awaiting transportation.
Delinquents .
The statement from the Cuban Embassy describes .these refugees as

"common delinquents, lumpens and antisocial elements to which

foreign governments do not give permission to travel to the

countries they intend to'. The statement says these people have

been adopting the procedure of forcefully entering foreign Embassies

and,''for unclear reasons, have selected the Embassies of Venezuela

and Peru.


"In the past", the statement says, "Lati American Governments,

traitors and accomplices of the yankee imperialist, hostigated Cuba,

blockaded Cuba and took by force its sugar markets and continue in

crimes against the country. With the only and honoured exception

of Mexico, the oligarcy and reactionary governments in this

hemisphere united iJth .this policy". -


The statement from the Cuban Embassy in Grenada says the Cuban

Government will not tolerate violation of its laws and sovereignty

under the pretext of diplomatic immunity ,which violations are

intended to legalise cripe, protect common delinquents and create a

climate of insecurity for foreign representatives in Cuba. Necessary

measures will be adopted to put an end to these violations.
(294 words)




TIE ERRHADA- NBgtLETTER


EAST CARIBBEAN CURRENCY AUTHORITY

The sih of EC$104.7 million was in rcUllation at the end of

FebruAry according to the Statement of Assets"& Liabilities of the

East Caribbean Currency Authority published in the Government

Gazette of April 18th.


At the end of December last, the internal assets of "Participating

Governments Securities' including Treasury' Bills" stood ai EC$33.5

,million. At 29th February, this figure had risefi by nearly two

million to EC$35.4 million.


The following is the ECCA statement of Assets & Liabilities at 29th

February 1980 :-


Liabilities
Notes in circulation
Coin in circulation
Bankers Balances
Unpresented cheques
International Organisations
Bankers Deposits
General Reserve
Special Reserve
Other liabilities


$96,889,808
r. 7,793,591
15,668,242
13,881
49 ,286 $120,860,808
84,517,919
9,952,733
1,546,560
S76,291,731
$293,169,749


Assets
External Assets
Fixed deposits & money at call $159,014,286
Securities 84,425,233
Regional Currencies :: 8,371,974
Bankers Balances 2,011,119 $253,822,612
Internal Assets
Participating Governments Securities
including Treasury Bills 35,425,863
Other Assets 3.921.274


J ,'


$293,169,749


MAIDEN BLASTING AT AIRPORT SITE.
4 4
A blast, making the start the heavy work on the Point' Saline

airport site was set off about 2.00 pm on Sunday March 30th in the

presence of a group of officials headed by Prime Minister Maurice

Bishop.
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Page 18 THE GRSBAPAH. BWLETTER Week Bhdinq_ 1i 4',80


According to a Gbvernment Inf or miation Srvices (GIS) release, the

explosive used had a molassA base and is, a recent development;.

The explosive is the work of experts Miguel Martinez of Cuba and

HilmarSchmidt,df the German Democratic Republic, and both these

men were in Grenada for what GIS said was the< first major

experiment with the explosive.


The airport project was. launched officially on March 9th. The

work of.draining the salt pond:and clearing the land has proceeded

since then, and the project is expected tO take some three years to

complete. The latest cost estimate is EC$108 million.
(142 words)



NEWS SHORTS

Whiteman At PAHO Meeting

Minister of Agriculture, Tourism & Fisheries, Mr Unison Whiteman,

attended a meeting of the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) in

Washington, D C, U S A, from April 14th to 16th. The meeting

discussed animal health in the Caribbean and Latin America, and

Mx Whiteman was accompanied by Dr K S Manyan of the Veternary

Department of the Ministry of Agriculture.
(60 words)


Strachan Visits Panama, Canada, USA

Minister of Communications, Works & Labour, Mr Selwyn Strachan, left

Grenada on Wednesday. 16th April to attend a- two-day seminar in

Pa ma. NEWSLETTER's efforts to find out the nature of this

seminarx have been unsuccessful.

Mr Strachan was expected to hold talks with the Panamanian Government

on matters of economic and technical cooperation before flying to

Canada for discussions with Ministers of the Canadian Government and

officials of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in

connection. with plans for the internatf nal airport at Point Saline

noW being constructed,,;

On his way, back to Grenada, Mr Strachan will fulfil speaking

engagements in New York and Washington.
S(107 words)





Week fShding 19.4.80 THE GRENADA NWFS iTTER Pge 19


Coard Attends SELA Meetino ,

Minister of fiPance Bermatfd Cord left Grenada oP, April 9th to. .

attend a meeting it Peru of Minis.ters of Finance and Presidents, of

Central Banks of member States, of the Latin American. Economic

system (SELA).

According to the Government Information Service, this two-day

meeting was the first of its type convened by SELA and it discussed

financial and monetary matters relating to Latin America. : The

meeting was also expected to discuss technical cooperation, trade

and investment financing and balance of payments support.

(82 words)



Fisheries School Reopens

The Grenada Fisheries Training School reopened on Monday 14th April

at its new location, True Blue, St.Georges. The Schopl was

started late last year at Bocage, St.Marks but classes were

interrupted when the training trawler, a gift from Cuba, went adrift

on December 2nd.

This trawler, originally., called the ?"Manzanilla",' was recovered

after it was found on December 21st near:Curacao. The boat has

been renamed the "Fedon" in honour of Julien Fedon, a coloured

French planter who ledan unsuccessful revolution in Grenada in

1795.
(88 words)



New Body To Manage Forests

A Forestry Development Corporation is being formed within the

Ministry of Agriculture to manage reafforestation and exploit the

island's forest resources.

According to a Government Information Services release, Government's

plan is to.extract timber from 200 acres of natural forest every

year, and this is expected to yield about 2 million feet of board.

To further this plan, a 2 mile road is now under construction from

'Grand Etang at the island's centre to Petit Etang in St.Davids on

the east coast.
;"* (83 words)




TH' GRENAbA NEWSLE-TT-ER


Gairy's Land Rented To Farmers .

Thirty-f"ive a'r'es of cdaneland at woo blands', t.Georas o'rnfer1y the

property of deposed Prime Minisnter Eri& Gai'ry, were hakded over on
April 3rd to fdirers who will pay an annual rent of E~ 25.00 per

acre.

This (arid 'is part of the property confiscated by the People's

RevOu"tionafy Gdvernment under People's Law Number 95 of December

21tt last'.'

As part of its efforts to revitalize the Cane Industry, the Ministry

of Agriculture will supply free planting material to be used on these

lands, and arrangements are being made for the farmers to get

fertilizer on credit.
( 95 words')


IUS -Met ing jih Grenada ."
The International Uni6n of Students (IS.) will. po'nsor an

international meeting of students in Grenada in Jne. .

The Grenada Information Services says this meeting is being planned

by Grenada s National Students Couhail- (NSC) and the aim of the

meeting is exposing "the link1 between facism in Chile and apartheid

in South. Africa. i.: .? L i i

This meeting will b ttenhdeb by students from both Latin America

and the Caribbean. NEC has applied for affiliation to IUS and

this will be considered when the IUS Executive meets in October.
(85 words)


19th April 1980


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