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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Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
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Social conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
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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Alister Hughea
P 0 Box 65

14th Aueust 1975

For Week Ending August 16th 1975

Mr Maurice Bishop, Joint Coordinating Secretary of the New

Jewel Movement (NJM), said today (14th) he had been told by

Commissioner of Police J Usen that the warrant for the arrest

of Prime Minister Gairy and three other persons on a charge of

conspiring to commit previous bodily harm, cannot be executed.

According to Mr Bishop, Commissioner Usen said that the

Attorney General, Mr Desmond Christian, had advised that,

during the hearings of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry, an

agreement had been reached that no charges would be brought
against anybody who gave evidence to the Commissioners relative

to the events of November 18th 1973. It was the Attorney

General's opinion that, since the charges, against Mr Gairy

relate to the incident of November 18th 1973, they could not
be brought and so the warrants could not be executed.

Describing this statement as "ridiculous", Mr Bishop said that,

during the Duffus hearings, an offer had been made by Senator

Derek Knight (appearing on behalf of Government), that Members
of NJM who had charges laid against them arising out of the
November 18th incident, would have those charges dropped if

they gave evidence before the Commission relative to that
incident. Mr Bishop said Senator Knight's offer had been

rejected as it was considered that he did not have the

authority to make it, only the Director of Public Prosecutions

having the power to waive charges brought against an accused.

Mr Bishop said further that, in any case, a charge had been
brought against NJM Member Simon Daniel for possession of arms

and ammunition. This charge related to the events of
November 18th 1973 and Mr Daniel had given evidence before

the Commissioners relative to those events. Mr Bishop

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Alsiter Hughes
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Officials of Messrs Geest Industries Ltd, buyers of bananas

from the Windward Islands, said today (14th) that, until
further notice, the Corpany's ships will be calling at the

islands fortnightly instead of weekly.

The reason for this, said the officials, was that, because

of poor weather conditions, banana production in the islands
had fallen off considerably and there was not enough fruit

to justify weekly loadings.

It is understood that the Windward Island production of

bananas which used to have a weekly average of between

2,300 and 2,400 tons, has now fallen to an average of

1,500 to 1,700 tons, and that it is uneconomical to send a
ship for these reduced tonnages.

No Geest banana boat visited the islands this week, but it

is expected that the next loading will take place in the

week ending August 23rd. It is estimated that Grenada will
have some 540 tons for that loading.

For purposes of record, it is stated that, in the week

ending August 2nd, the S 8 "Geestland" loades 21,835 boxes

of bananas at Grenada. This shipment weighed 655,456 Ibs

and was valued at $62,268.00. There were 162 boxes

rejected, /

i Hughes:

.th August 1975

Aliater Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending August 16th
Page 3

Referring also to the dissolution of the Nutmeg Board and

"the take over of the Nutmeg Association by force of arms

and the literal dissolution of the cooperative", the petition

says. that "producers are previously wounded by these unjust and

unlawful acts and are existing in a state of constant fear."

It also stated that "this condition will not be tolerated


The petition concluded with a request that Sir Leo use his

good offices "to seek to correct these dreadful conditions

under which we have been labouring for so long, and which have

been intensified by the dissolution of the Nutmeg Co-operative,

the final act in the destruction of the agricultural industry

as a meens of livelihood for us."

Mr Exel Roberts, a farmer who led a small delegation from the

demonstration to present the petition to Sir Leo, said

afterward that the Governor General had been courteous and

sympathetic but had indicated clearly that there was nothing

he could do in the matter. According to Mr Roberts, Sir Leo

said he was not an executive of the Government, and, unless he

intended &o resign his post, he had no option but to place his

signature on whatever documents Cabinet placed before him.

"I don't think", said Mr Roberts, "that Sir Leo intends to

resign now."

Mr Roberts said, however, that the Governor General told the

delegation that Government had promised to have new elections

to the Nutmeg Board within two months.

It has been decided that another demonstration of farmers will

take place next Thursday, August 21st.

(378 words)

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending August 16th

thought that the fact that a charge had been made against

Mr Daniel in this connection made it clear that no

agreement of any kind had been entered into relative

to the incident of November 18th 1973.

Contacted today (14th), Mr Deanond Christian said he had

not been Attorney General at the time of the Duffus

Inquiry, but he had been advised by officers of his
Department that there had been an agreement that no charges

would be brought against anyone giving evidence before the

Commissioners, not only relative to the incident of

November 18th, but concerning any matters heard before the

Commissioners. Mr Christian said he did not know of the

case pending against Mr Simon Daniel, but he would look into

the matter.

Sources close to the New Jewel Movement said that, when the

High Court site again about mid-September, a Writ of Mandamus

will be applied for to force the Police to execute the

(448 words)


A demonstration of over 200 farmers marched to Government

House today (14th) and presented a petition to Governor

General Sir Leo DeGale.

The petition, which outlined the historical background

to the establishment of farmers cooperatives to handle

the marketing of cocoa, bananas and nutmegs, accused the

Government of amending the Acts of Parliament under which

these cooperatives were established, so that it could

"take full control of the cocoa and banana cooperatives,

and resting them in a few hand picked members of the

regime who rendered no account of their operations and

of the monies obtained by the sale of these commodities."

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