The Grenada newsletter

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


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

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Alistor Hughes 13th February, 1975
P 0 Box 65 (1,111 words)
St George's


For w -ek endiSA Februarv 15 I


Grenada,commemorated the first anniversary of her independence

on Friday February 7th, and, this commemoration took place in

an atmosphere characterise-d on one hand by Government optimtnism

and on the other by public concern over the future of the island.

Speaking at the opening of Parliament on February 5th, Prime

Mini;:>ter ~airy put on record that, for the past year, "Grenada

has made some measure of progress". The Prime minister conceded

that ;'reconstruction' and growth of the economy had been slow, but,

he said that the island made significant progress in the areas of

politics, and a better social understanding and atmosphere.

Mr Gairy thought, too, that Grenada now enjoys "a.tremendous

measure of goodwill' throughout the world.

However, in statements made on Independence Day, several other

public figures in Grenada expressed contrary views.

According to ilr Paul Kent, President of the Chamber of Commarce,

Grenadians had a very trying first year of Independence, and,

there is "no glimmer of hope that the situation is likely to

improve in the near future". Mr Kent thinks there must be

"a complete change of thought and policy" emanating from

Government, and that the most basic requirement is "a genuine

sincerity of purpose which appears to be singularly lacking up

to now.

Worse Situation

The need for a change of Government policy was echoed by

Senator L-ric Pierre, General secretary of the beamen & Waterfront

Alister Huqhes

Sheet 2

The Grenada Newsletter

Public Figures Disaygree With Gaitv

Workers Union and President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers.

Union. Mr Pierre said workers realise that, in their own

interests, they must "put their shoulders to the wheel to build

a strong economic country", but, he felt that, if present policies

of ir Gairy's Government continue, he did not foresee "anything

better but probably a worse situation arising in Grenada".

In his statement on Independence Day, the Leader of the Opposition,

Mr Herbert 1Blaize, gave a reminder of Mr Gairy's pronouncement

some two years ago that Grenadians would not have to worry about

how 4hey would support Independence, but that independence would

support them. Mr Blaize thought that, on this basis, "the very

idea of independence had been conceived in duplicity" and, it was

not surprising that "all Grenadians have got from Independence,

so far, is a hollow farce, a mere sham".

The Leader of the Opposition thought, however, that, in spite of

the fact that Independence was a "premature baby", "it is here,

so Government should immediately stop fooling themselves and the

people, pull up their shirt sleeves, put on thinking caps and get

to work". 'Nobody helps you if you keep on fooling around"

said Air Blaize, "and, God knows Grenada needs a lot of help"'.

In the field of Tourism, Mr John Yearwood, President of the Grenada

Hotel Association, said 1974 was a bad year for Grenada and that

90', of the hotels in the island face bankruptcy.

Racial Issue

This situation, according to Ar Yearwood, was brought about by the

unrest in Grenada early last year, which, he said, "was a purely

internal political issue based on a protest against alleged

Ali-ster .Hughes
Sheet 3

The Grenada Newsletter

Public Figures Disagree with Gairv

Police brutality", but, which had been wrongly reported by foreign-

journalists as a "racial issue".

Hr Yearwood thought that "in the conditions existing then, the

unrest was quite unavoidable, but, the foreign press did Granada

a disservice in that, in several instances it was not reported

accurately, and prospective visitors to Grenada were given the

impression, and are still given the impression, that the

demonstrations here were of an anti-white nature".

What "disturbs" Mr Yearwood is that the future does not look

bright. He pointed out that Grenadians now await publication

of the Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into alleged

police brutality, and that the controversy which existed in

January last year is still unresolved. "Only time will tell

what the future hold for us", said Mr Yearwood.

Another critic of the economic situation is Mr Lloyd Noel, Legal

Secretary of the New Jewel Movement (NJil). In his Independence

Day statement, Mr Noel said the first year of Independence had

been meaninglesss", and that "economically we are worse off,

prices have escallated, unemployment had doubled and money is

almost impossible to come by".

According to Mr Noel, "meaningful independence must be independence

both politically and economically, and, until we are able to

achieve that kind of independence, we are not going to see any

benefits from it".

Alister Hughes
uhee"t 4

Th jroenada Newsletter

Public FiD~ures Disagree with Gairy

Crazy Man

NJM, said Mr Noel, has recognized Mr Gairy's promises as nothing

more than promises that could not be fulfilled, and "all the

fanfare and pageantry are pure bacchanal carnival.' Mr Noel

said his Aiovement saw the future as 'a sharpening of the struggle"

to liberate Grenadians from "the meaningless economic situation

in which we have found ourselves, all because of this one crazy

man ....... ."

Also making a statement on Grenada's Independence Day, was

Father Austin Milner, a Roman Catholic Priest who was Bishop

Patrick Webster's personal representative on the Committee of 22.

Assessing the past year on the basis of his contact with the

people among whom he works, Father Austin said that, at the

beginning of 1974, there had been "a great deal of fear and

anxiety." Father Austin's reference relates to the aftermath

of "Bloody monday", January 21st 1974, when armed Police and

Secret Police attacked anti-Government demonstrators, and,

according to Father Austin, after this, when there had been an

outward sense of quieting-down, i'there was a tremendous sense

of waiting".

This sense of waiting, said Father Austin, was "not so much for

things to get better, as a groat desire for justice. There was

a fooling that so much injustice had been done, so many people

had been hurt and ill-used, that there must be a public assessment,

that there must be a legal endeavour to put the thing straight".

"And people have gone on waiting", said Father Austin, "and

nothing has happened'.

Alister Hughes

Sheet 5

The Grenada Newsletter

Public Figures Disagree with Gairy


Pointing to what he called "a great lowering of esteem for the

Courts and the Police", Father Austin said that there has been a

tremendous increase in crime which has "increased the fear and

nervous tension of the people". Father Austin said also that

an ever increasing lack of work and money had driven many people

out of the country, "simply, it would seem, in despair of Grenada

ever settling down to the kind of place that she could be."

According to Father Austin, the independence celebrations were

not celebrations of joy or rejoicing for liberty, but a "mere

escape from the tensions of the present situation." The

atmosphere on this first anniversary of independence is "one of

deep dejection and hopelessness", said Father Austin. "Many

people expect that when the Duffus Commission of Inquiry Report

is finally published, something will happen; some of us suspect

that nothing at all will happen." "And so, the future looks

dark", he continued, "dark economically, dark socially, dark

politically, and this, I think is the feeling of the majority

of people in the country."

Alis' r Hughes

3th February, 1975

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