The Grenada newsletter

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The Grenada newsletter
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
A. & C. Hughes
Publication Date:
Twenty no. a year
completely irregular
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.


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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes 23rd January, 1975
P 0 Box 65
St. Goorge's


For week ending 25th January lon )o


This week, on Tuesday 21st, Grenadians commemorated the first

anniversary of what has come to be known as "Bloody Monday".

One year ago, on January 21st 1974, Police and Secret Police

mounted an attack on anti-Government demonstrators assembled on

the Carenage, outside Otway House, headquarters of the Trade Union

Movement in Grenada, as a result of that attack (which involved

rifles, small arms, tear-gas, bottles and stones), one man,

Mr Rupert Bishop, was shot and several others were injured.

Commemorating the anniversary of "Bloody Monday" this week, was

the Seamen and inaterfront Workers Union (SWWU), one of the principal.

organizations involved in the anti-Government demonstrations and

shut-down last year. A commemorative service was held on

Tuesday morning at Otway House, to which service, both the

Anglican Archdeacon of Grenada, the Reverend Hoskins Huggins and

the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Reverend Michael

Chandoo, were invited to take part.

It is not known why, but neither of these priests were present,

and, in their absence, the service was conducted by Mr Curtis Stewa

President of the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU), Chairman

of the Committee of 22 and a Layreader in the Anglican Church.

Present were representatives of the Committee of 22 and of other

Trade Unions, and, following the service, officials of SWWU, TAWU,

the Committee of 22 and the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union

went to the St. George's Cemetery where wreaths were laid on the

grave of the late Rupert Bishop.

Alister Huqhes

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The Grenada Newsletter


According to a statement from the Grenada Cocoa Association,

5,166,624 lbs of cocoa were exported last year. This was some

29,800 lbs less than the previous year, but the f.o.b. value of

$5,240,254.46 was considerably more as the average 1972/3 price

per lb was only 67.2 cents as against 'noDI obtained in the year


The date for the payment of the cocoa bonus to producers has not

been fixed, but the Secretary of the Association, Mr C B Douglas,

said it would be paid before Carnival (lOth/llth).

(B5 words)


In a telephone conversation with the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper,

Sir Herbert Duffus Chairman of the Commission which, last year,

inquired into allegations of Police brutality in Grenada, said from

Jamaica thct the Report of the Commission should be delivered by

the end of February.

In this interview which took place on Monday 20th, Sir Herbert said

that the Report was "fairly long", but that the final draft was now

being corrected. Sir Duffus indicated that, when it is ready,

the Report will be sent as diplomatic mail to Sir Leo DeGale,

Governor General of Grenada and that Sir Leo will be informed when

the Report is despatched.

(106 Words)

Alister Hughes
23rd January, 1975

Alister Hughes

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The Grenada Newsletter

Austin prayed also that "we may have strength to remove the immediate

obstacles to true freedom in this country" and that "those men on

whose shoulders must fall the burden of forming a new and a just

Government may be able to resist the temptation to power and to

self-magnification and that they too may learn to respect and to

establish the respect for every single person in this country,

especially the most poor and the most ignorant.

The only incident of the day occurred when the demonstration was

moving from the cemetery back to the Carenage. The police had

stipulated the route to be followed, and several intersections were

heavily guarded, but, while the Police route was taken from the

Carenaga to the grave side, the NJM leadership challenged the

legal right of the Police to fix the route and a route other than

that set out by the Police was taken on the return.

As a result, a jeep load of uniformed Police drew up in front of

the demonstration in the Fish Market area, but the roadway there is

wide, and the demonstrators filtered around the jeep and proceeded.

This incident seems to have stimulated the spirits of the

demonstrators for, from that point back to Otway House on the

Carenage, there were songs and chants reminiscent of the

demonstrations of Januory 1974. "We shall overcome" and

"Gairy must go" were the most popular.

The demonstration and meeting ended about 5.00PM after several

NJM members had addressed the crowd.

(769 Words)

# # #

Alister Huhes

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The Grenada Newsletter

Also commemorating "Bloody Monday' was the New Jewel IMovement (NJM)

which organised a public meeting and mass demonstration. This

demonstration, which attracted some 2000 people, assembled on the

Carenage outside Otway House at about 2.00 PM, from which point,

there was a silent march to the St. George's Cemetery where wreaths

were laid on the grave of the late Rupert Bishop. Heading this

march under the NJM banner was Mr Maurice Bishop, Joint Coordinating

Secretary of NJM and son of Rupert Bishop. With Mr Bishop was

his mother, Mrs Alimenta Bishop, and also Mr Unison Whiteman,

Joint Coordinating Secretary NJM and Mr Lloyd Noel, Legal Secretary


At the graveside,a wreath was laid by Mrs Bishop, prayers were said

by Father Austin Milner of the Roman Catholic Church and an eulogy

was delivered by Mr Teddy Victor, a prominent NJM member.

In his address, Mr Victor said that "Rupert Bishop had seen the

erosion of people's fundamental rights. He witnessed the

disappearance of people's freedom. He observed that the wheels

of justice were being forced to an abrupt halt. He saw that

equality was moving to a state of oblivion. And he lamented the

fact that the civilisation that had taken centuries to be realized,

was being crushed and brought back to the centuries of darkness

and barbarism by one infidel, one degenerate, one selfish man,

devoid of the essential qualities necessary to make him human".

Mr Victor went on to say that "blood always was, is, and forever

will be, the price of freedom, so precious is freedom. And,

today, we honour the death of a comrade who was not afraid to bleed,

nor afraid to die".

Father Austin M'ilner prayed for "Rupert Bishop who gave his life,

simply caring for the children who were in danger". Father

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