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Volume 7 Number 8
For The.Week Ending, March 24th 1979
7th Year of Publication - - 206th Issue


The Revolutionary Government of Grenada has now been recognized by
Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Britain and the
United States. Canada also is expected to give recognition

"Because of the armed take-over of the Government, diplomatic
recognition has not come automatically and, since the coup d'etat
of March 13th which ousted Prime Minister Eric Gairy and put
Mr Maurice Bishop's New Jewel Movement (NJM) in power, recognition
has been an issue.

First developments in this connection came when Barbados' Prime
Minister, Mr Tom Adams, invited the independent Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) countries to discuss the Grenada situation and a meeting
was convened in Barbados on Wednesday March 14th, the day after the

Present at that meeting were Guyana's Foreign Minister,
Mr Rashleigh Jackson, Jamaica's Public Utilities Minister,
Mr Carlyle Dunkley deputisingg for Foreign Minister Mr P J
Patterson), Dominica's Attorney General, Mr Leo Austin and Prime
Minister John Compton of St.Lucia.

Trinidad & Tobago did not accept Prime Minister Adams' invitation,
and it was disclosed later that that country did not send a

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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24,3.79 Page 2

Representative to Barbados because it thought that "participation in

such a meeting could serve no useful purpose as it had no advice to

Mr George Louison of the Grenada Peoples' Revolutionary Government

flew to Barbados on Thursday 15th March at the request of the meeting.

Lengthy discussions followed but, by that evening, it was clear there

had been a split on the question of recognition. NEWSLETTER

understands that Jamaica and Guyana were in favour of immediate

recognition. Dominica and St.Lucia opposed this while Barbados
was undecided. After consultation by phone with Mr Bishop in

Grenada, however, a proposal was put forward through which, it was

hoped, the coup could be "legalised".

At a press conference on Friday (16th) Prime Minister Bishop referred

to this proposal. "Notwithstanding our position of strength'and

the fact that our revolution had been consolidated", he said, "we

were concerned to attempt to get the situation back within the

framework of our Constitution as soon as possible."
Mr Bishop said that, with this in mind, certain proposals were made to

Mr Herbert Preudhomme, Deputy Prime Minister in the deposed Oovernment

and Acting Prime Minister in Mr Gairy's absence. Mr Bishop said

that on Thursday (15th) he met with Mr Preudhomme (who is in

protective custody) and proposed to him that, first of all, he should
revoke Senator Derek Knight's appointment as Minister Without Portfolio

and appoint Mr Bishop instead.

Following this, the proposal was that Mr Preudhomme should resign as

Acting Prime Minister and, if the Governor General agreed, he would

then appoint Mr Bishop Acting Prime Minister under Section 61 of the
Grenada Constitution. That section reads

"(1) Whenever the Prime Minister is absent from Grenada or

is by reason of illness unable to perform the functions

conferred upon him by this Constitution, the Governor General

may authorise some other Minister to perform those functions

(other than the functions conferred by this section) and that
Minister may perform those functions until his authority is
revoked by the Governor General.

THE GR NADA NWSLSTTSR Week REnBing 24.3.79 a# : 3

(2) The powers of the Governor General under this section shall

be exercised by hit in accordance with the advice of the Prime

Minister. Provided that if the Governor General, acting in

his own deliberate judgement, considers it impracticable to

obtain the advice of the Prime Minister owing to his absence or

illness, he may exercise those powers in his own deliberate


"There were many pitfalls in this approach", Mr Bishop said, "in that

the majority in Parliament would still outnumber us.and also that all

the Governor General can do is to appoint an acting Prime Minister,

yet, in the interest of trying to achieve national unity as quickly

as possible, and in the interest of trying to reach a solution that

would ensure the continued peaceful situation in our country, we

decided we would make the proposal to Mr Preudhomme."
The Prime Minister said Mr Preudhomme's reaction to the proposal was

that he did not want to be seen as a 'Judas'. He wished to

consult Mr George Hosten, ex-Minister of Finance (who is also in

detention) and after the two men had spoken for an hour, Mr Bishop

said they still "felt likes Judases" and so they wished to consult al

the other Ministers-.of.the former Government who were available.

This was allowed. Also permitted was a discussion with "three
independent lawyers" named by Messrs Preudhormm and Hfuten Mr 4 aRhn



said these ex-Ministers "didn't trust the Government's lawyers"

since there had been a change of Government.

"Apart from this", Mr Bishop continued, "in the middle of the

Barbados conference, on one occasion when they (the CARICOM Foreign

Ministers) rang into Grenada, we actually put Preudhomme and Hosten

on to them and they spent over 45 minutes talking with Prime Minister

Compton of St.Lucia, Foreign Minister Jackson of Guyana, Minister

Dunkley of Jamaica, Minister Leo Austin of Dominica and Foreign

Minister Henry Forde of Barbados."

Mr Bishop said the Foreign Ministers at the Barbados Conference told:

him it had been stressed to Messrs Preudhomme and Hosten that "they
should see the light of day" and that any option they got should be










E GRd)ADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 PaSe

accepted, The Prime Minister said, however, that immediately after
heir talks with Barbados, the two ex-Minister made other demands

including that of having the British, Canadian and US Governments

resent when the agreement to the proposal was signed.

r Bishop called these demands "ridiculous". He said also that the

arbados conference set a deadline of 5.30 pm for a decision as te

oteign Minister had to leave for their individual countries. "The

upshot was", the Prime Minister said, "that whatever attempts at

ettling this matter in this manner had now failed, and I can tell

ou that that option will not be exercised again."

Both Guyana and Jamaica formally recognized the new Government on

Tuesday 20th March and news of Barbados recognition was received on

Wednesday 21st March. NEWSLETTER is advised that the British

Government was waiting for a lead from the independent CARICOM

countries and, following the recognition given by Jamaica, Guyana

and Barbados, the following statement was issued on Thursday (22nd)

by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London at 7.30 am East

Caribbean time.
Normal Relations
"We have instructed our High Commissioner in Port of Spain", the

statement said, "to make an early call on Mr Bishop and explain that

his call reflects the British Government's decision to resume normal

relations with the Government of Grenada."

The British High Commissioner, Mr H R H Stanley, arrived in Grenada

on the same day (22nd) and paid calls on both Prime Minister Bishop

and Governor General Sir Paul Scoon.

Later in that day (22nd), the United States State Department announced

that that country was "resuming normal relations" with Grenada and, on

Friday 23rd, the US Ambassador to Grenada (resident in Barbado#),

Mr Frank Ortiz, arrived in the island and paid calls on Mr Bishop and'

Sir Paul.

On Friday (23rd) the Minister of External Affairs in the Trinidad &

Tobago Government, Senator John Donaldson, presented a paper to the

House which stated that the Government of Trinidad & Tobago "will

continue to deal with the Government of Grenada and specifically will

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 Pa 5

continue to honour the provisions of all agreements with that


At press time, Canada had not yet recognized the new Grenada

Government but NEWSLETTER has been reliably informed that this will

be done shortly. The smaller independent CARICOM countries,

4t.Lucia and Dominica have also not yet accorded recognition. It
is understood that the Governments of these countries are unhappy

over the armed take over in Grenada.

Also unhappy over the situation are the Associated States. At a

meeting of the Associated States Council of Ministers held in. ..

Antigua on Tuesday (20th), it was decided no recognition will be

given until Grenada returns to constitutional government.

Present at that meeting were representatives of the Associated

States of St.Vincent, Antigua and St.Kitts/Nevis. Also present

were representatives of the British Colony of Montserrat and of

independent St.Lucia. The meeting was under the chairmanship of

Deputy Premier of Antigua, Mr Lester Bird.
According to the West Indies Act 1967 (under which the Associated

States were created and received their Constitutions).; matters of

external affairs, including diplomatic recognition, are not in the

hands of the Associated State Government. External affairs and

defence matters are the responsibility of the United Kingdom

Government and, because of this, it appears irrelevant for

the Governments of St.Vincent, Antigua and StKitts/Nevis to give

consideration as to whether they should give recognition to the new

Grenada Government.

However, Mr Lester Bird is reported by the Press as saying that the

British Government is "morally bound" to discuss the matter of

recognition with the Antigua Government. "So far as Britain is

concerned", he said, "the UK Government can recognize whosoever it

pleases, but on a matter s6 sensitive to Antigua, we would have to

be consulted as far as our position is concerned."

Arising from the concern of the Associated States.over the New

Jewel Movement armed take-over, the Antigua meeting is reported to

THE GRFNA A NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 Page A,

Have considered establishment of a regional-police force "to defend

their constitutional integrity in the face of armed and trained


It was also decided to remove the judges of the West Indies Associated

jStates Appeal Court now resident in Grenada and also to relocate the

Court's headquarters, now fixed in St.Georges.

(1684 words)


Some 20 thousand Grenadians went wild with joy and staged a mini-

carnival when the news was broken that deposed Prime Minister Eric

Gairy had resigned.

The occasion was a "Victory Rally" at Queens Park called on Tuesday

(20th) by the Revolutionary Government of Mr Maurice Bishop to

celebrate the successful overthrow of Mr Gairy's Government in a

military coup on March 13th. Information of Mr Gairy's

resignation came in the course of Mr Bishop'd address when he said

!he had been given information that "Eric Gairy, the dictator who

fled to New York has now formerly resigned".

It appears that news of Mr Gairy's resignation was first given on

Tuesday 20th in Antigua by former Leader of Government Business in

the Senate, Mr Derek Knight. Mr Knight, who is believed to

have escaped by boat from Grenada on the day of the coup (13th), is

reported to have visited St.Vincent (and probably St.Lucia) before

arriving in Barbados by plane on Thursday (15th).

Flying to Now York on Friday (16th), Mr Knight is reported to have
held discussions with Mr Gairy and to have returned to Antigua

where he tried to attend the meeting of the West Indies Associated

*States Council of Ministers on March 20th. When he was not

'allowed to attend that meeting, Mr Knight issued the following

statement to the press.

"People of Grenada, by now you would have heard of the

resignation of Sir Eric Gairy as Prime Minister of Grenada.

Over the last few days, I have had long discussions.with

THE GRENAA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 Pa 7

Sir Eric and he is well and safe. He has asked me to say

to you, as always, his thoughts are with you and especially

so through these trying and difficult times.

"I do not need to recall the sad events which have taken

place over the past week. Through me, Sir Eric has

had consultations with his colleagues in the Caribbean

and he has asked them to obtain from the new Government

assurances that there will be no victimisation or

..political harassment of any of our people, and that free

elections will be speedily held.

S"'I do not need to remind you that, throughout Sir Eric's

long political career, he has never resorted to violence

to achieve political office. In keeping with that

tradition, therefore, he has asked me to call upon all

Grenadians, both in and out of Grenada, to refrain from

using violence or force, despite all that has taken

place in our beloved country. I join him in that call.

"Let us not resort to the bullet but to the ballot box to

obtain our constitutional rights. If elections are

to be free and fair, those who are now being detained

must be given their constitutional rights to fair and

impartial trial by a Court established under our

Constitution. They must be given the opportunity

to take the case to Grenada so that, by the ballot,

the people can determine their own future.

"Let me say that I am under no duress or threat of any

kind and that what I have just said to you, I have said

after discussions with Sir Eric and some colleagues in

the Caribbean.

"I do not know when I shall again see my beloved country,

but I want you all to remember that, wherever I may be,

my prayers and my thoughts will be with Grenada and its


"To my family, I say be of good cheer.

Keep your chin


THE GRENDA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 .

.. "up. There will be a silver lining behind this dark

cloud. Good-bye and God bless you all."

Mr Gairy has sent two "messages" to the people of Grenada, both of

which have been published in the "Nation" newspaper of Barbados.

Neither-message speaks of resignation and the only indication that

Mr Gairy has given up his position of Prime Minister is that given

in the statement issued by Mr Knight.
Mr Gairy's last message, issued on March 17th, ends, "We shall nevex

give up I repeat, we shall never give up! My dear Grpnadian

citizens and residents, please don't panic, don't weaken, don't ever '

give up May God bless us 'til we meet again soon, very s4o*

very soon, very soon indeed I" *'

This is out of character with Mr Gairy's resignation publicised by

Mr Knight three days later. Mr Knight's statement was made

before any country had recognized the Revolutionary Government,'and

political observers point out that it is unlikely that the probability

only of recognition by Caribbean Community countries would have mpye

Mr Gairy to resign. ".

NEWSLETTER called Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon, with a view to

ascertaining whether he has received Mr Gairy's resignation. It

was not possible to speak to Sir Paul, but a secretary in his office

advised that, "as the Queen's Representative, the Governor General

cannot give any information to the press".
(822 words)


The names of Grenada's Provisional Revolutionary Government were

broadcast over Radio Free Grenada for the first time at 2.15 pm on

Friday 16th March.

They are Messrs Maurice Bishop, Unison Whiteman, Bernard Coard, Hudson

Austin, Lyden Ramrhanny, Nornis Bain, Sydney Ambrose, Lloyd Noel,

Kendrick Radix, Selwin Strachan, Vincent Noel, George Louison,
Dr Bernard Gittens and Miss Palme Buxo.

THE .GNBADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 age 9

This 14-man Government includes nine members of the New Jewel
Movement (NJM), two members of Mr Herbert Blaize's Grenada National

Party and three persons of undeclared political affiliation. The

following are "thumb-nail"' backgrounds of the Gover.anent members.

Mr.Maurice Bishop was born on 29th May 1944. He heads the
Government as Prime Minister. He qualified as a barrister at
Lincolns Inn in 1967 and founded a political group, the Movement for
Assenblies of the People (MAP) in 1972. MAP was merged with
r Unison Whiteman's Jewel Movement in 1973 to form the New Jewel
ihpve ent (NJM). Mr Bishop is married with two children.

Mr Unison Whiteman was born on 23rd September 1939. In 1969, he
obtaineded a Masters Degree in Economics from Howard University. He
founded the Joint Endeavour for Welfare, Education & Liberation
(AMWBL) in 1972 and merged this with Mr Maurice Bishop's MAP in 1973
S' orm NJM. Mr Whiteman is married with two children.

Mr )bernard Coard was born on 10th August 1944. He is an NJM
Tnember. e received a degree in Political Science & Econoics
from Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA in 1966 and a Masters
Degree in Comparative Political Economy from Sussex University,
Britain in 1967. He worked as a Youth & Community Development
,.oicer for one year and taught for two years at a school for
,e" e( tional.y subnorman children, both in Britain. During 1971
ad, 1972, he did research in Latin America for a doctorate in
P litical Economy, following which he lectured until 1974 at the
Department of International Relations at the St.Augustine Campus cf
the University of the West Indies (UWI). He then lectured from
1974 to 1976 at the Departments of Management Studies and Government
at the Mona campus of UWI, returning to Grenada to contest
successfully a seat in the 1976 General Elections as an NJM member.
Mr Coard is married with two children.

Mr Hudson Austin was born on 26th April 1938. He is an NJM ::
member. He studied with both the Bennet College and International
Correspondence Schools, specialising with the former in highway and
airport construction, and with the latter in general construction.
He is a graduate in Construction Engineering of the Jamaica Institute
of Science & Technology. Mr Austin was a member of the Grenada
Volunteer Constabulary in the 1950s and, in 1958, had a six month
course at Chaguaramas, Trinidad in uwapons, tactics, reconnaissance,
and map reldtng. He served as a Prison Officer in Grenada from 1960
to 1969. Mr Austin now commands the Peoples Revolutionary Army.
He is married and has three children.



IMr Lyden Ramdhanny was born on 6th April 19321 :He. is a Director
of the family business of L L Ramdhanny & Sons,.a large department
store in the town of Grenville. The business also incorporates
(estates and a cinema. Mr Ramdhanny has no stated political
iaffiliatiois. He is married with one child.


Page, 10

Mr Norris Bain was born on 28th September 1934. He holds a diploma
in Business from the Bennet College and was formerly a Civil Servant'
with the Grenada Government, having served in the Forestry Degartment
for 15 years. Since 1970, he has owned and managed his own
business in the town of Grenville, handling radio and automotive
equipment, general hardware and sports equipment. He also runs B
ballroom in Grenville. Mr Bain successfully contested a seat
in the last General Elections as a member of the Grenada National
Party, which Party, together with the United Peoples Party, fought' .
the elections with NJM under a common manifesto. Mr Bain is **
married with six children.

Mr Sydney Ambrose was born on 7th December 1909. He began his
working life as a teacher but left this to become a trainee at the
Grenada Public Works Department. He retired as a Water
Inspector in 1969. He was unsuccessful as a candidate ror the
Grenada National Party in the last General Elections. Mr Ambrose
is married with seven children.

Mr Lloyd Noel was born on 13th December 1934. He is an, NJM uaebet.
He qualified as a barrister at the Inner Temple, London, in 1971. "*
He was unsuccessful as a candidate for the NJM in the last Generai
Elections. Mr Noel is married with two children.

Mr Kendrick Radix was born on 25th November 1941. He is an NJM
member. He qualified as a barrister at Lincolns Inn in 1970.
He was unsuccessful as an NJM candidate in the last General Elections.
Mr Radix is unmarried.

Mr Selwin Strachan was born on 23rd September 1947. He is an NJM
member. He has held clerical positions in both the Commercial and
Tourism sectors but, for the past few years has devoted most of his
time to organisation of NJM. Mr Strachan unsuccessfully contested
the General Elections of 1972 on the Grenada National Party ticket,
and was also unsuccessful as an NJM candidate in the 1976 General
Elections. Mr Strachan is married but separated from his wife;
they have one child.

Mr Vincent Noel was born on 31st March 1947. He is an NJM member.
He has been employed in the Commercial sector in accounts, but
resigned his last position in November 1978. Mr Noel founded
the Bank & General Workers Union in 1977 and is President of that
union. He is also Vice-President of the Commercial & Industrial
Workers Union and Vice-President of the Trade Union Council. He
is married with one child.

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 Page 11

Mr George Louison was born on 29th November 1951. He is an NJM
member, and graduated from the Grenada Teachers' College. He
is a farmer and, for the three years prior to December 1977, was
Youth Coordinator for the Caribbean Conference of Churches.
Mr Louison is unmarried.

Dr Bernard Gittens was born on 9th August 1933. He qualified as
a Medical Practicioner at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, in
1960. He holds the post of President of the Grenada Council for
Human Rights. He is married with two children. Dr Gittens
has no stated political affiliations.

Miss Palme Buxo was born on 28th November 1927. She was
secretary to Mr John Mordecai; who was Secretary of the pre-
Federation Standing Committee, and she became secretary to Governor
General Lord Hailes when the West Indies Federation was established
in '1958. She had a spell of duty as Executive Officer of the
Federal Defence Office and, after the collapse of the Federation in
1962, received training in Advertising & Sales Promotion from Britis
British Petroleum in Trinidad, following which, she worked as that
Company's Product Manager. Miss Buxo now owns and manages a
block ofitourist flats. She is unmarried and has no stated
political affiliations.
( 1160 words)


There were long term reasons and immediate reasons which sparked

the March 13th revolution in Grenada On March 13th. Mr Maurice

Bishop, Prime Minister of the new Peoples Revolutionary Government

(PRG) disclosed this on Friday March 16th at his first press

conference after the coup.

The long term reasons are well known Mr Bishop thought as, he said,

deposed Prime Minister Eric Gairy has achieved "something of an

international notoriety". "The repression over the years", he

said, "the murder, the brutality, the destruction of our economy,

the introduction into Grenada of maffia and criminal elements, the

links with the most facist and hated regimes, there are too well

known to repeat."

The Prime Minister said that, in more recent times, a new wave of

repression had begun, including mass and arbitrary searches of

Grenadians' homes. He said that, on Saturday 10th March, the

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 Page 12

New Jewel Movement (NJM) had received information "from the

intelligence sources from whom, from time to time, we receive word",

that another attempt would be made on the lives of the NJM


"The plan was to mount a joint search and detain operation", he said,

"and, in fact, our homes were searched and, in my case, more than 150

police and soldiers did the usual digging up."

"Having received word that the detention plan was to keep us there",

he continued, "we went underground and, on Monday morning, we got

further information that the plan was that Gairy was going to leave,

the country on Monday, mid-day, and the instructions that were being

left behind were that we should be liquidated. That left us'in a

position where we had to choose whether to sit and wait for

liquidation or whether we should move on the offensive."

The persons who went "underground" were, in addition to'Mr Bishop,

Messrs Unison Whiteman, Kendrick Radix and Bernard Coard, and

Mr Bishop said that, from their hiding places, they were able to

contact their "main groups and individuals around the country",

hold a meeting and decide that they should "at this point, in the

name of the people, seize power from the hands of the dictatorship."

At the press conference, which was attended by some 45 foreign and

local representatives of the media, Mr Bishop covered a wide range

of subjects. Among them was what he called the "character of the

uprising", of which, he said, an examination would reveal a "number

of outstanding characteristics."

"First", he said, "is the almost entirely peaceful nature of the

take-over. Not only no blood-letting, but only two people died

in the course of the uprising and, in both cases in fact, after power

had been effectively seized. Secondly, the fact that the prisoners

that have been taken and are now in detention have been treated in a

most human way, treated very kindly, very humanely."

Mr Bishop invited the Press to check with the prisoners and ascertain

that their own private doctors have been allowed to visit them. He
also asked that a check be made on the 'mongoose gang' and the 'secret

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 Page 13

police', "those notorious criminals who unleashed a reign of terror

on Grenadians over the years", and who are now in custody. "Not

one of these persons have received even a single scratch", he said.

The Prime Minister said this points to the fact that he and his

NJM colleagues are not concerned with blood-letting, revenge or

feelings of hate or ill-will, and, "even for the Dictator Gairy, a

fair trial will certainly be assured."
(581 words)


On the first day of the March 13th coup, between 50 and 60 persons

were taken into protective custody. Prime Minister Maurice

Bishop said this at his first press conference on Friday March 16th,

and he said that more than half of these had been released on the

same day they were arrested.

"That process has continued", he said, "and the prisoners are made

up of criminal elements, 'mongoose gang', 'secret police', and some

Ministers of Government who may have the potential to organise

disruptive activities."

Mr Bishop said these people are being held because his Government

must still be concerned over the possibility of external aggression.

"Gairy himself is in America", he said, "and from there he is

sending out inciting and inflammatory threats to our new Government.

He has been calling openly for armed insurrection against the

Government, he has been openly threatening to mount a force to

attack our country I think the phrase used is 'by land, sea and

air'- and he has, in fact, had the audacity to request certain

foreign Governments for assistance in this regard."

In that kind of situation, the Prime Minister said, the need for

maintaining certain persons in close detention still continues,

"because the political process that has been begun her on Tuesday,

is irreversible."

Names and numbers have not been given officially, but, on Saturday

March 17th, NEWSLETTER had confirmation of 30 people who were then

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.3.79 Page 14

being held in protective custody. Originally, all were confined

in the infirmary inside the Richmond Hill Prison compound but, on

Friday 16th, some were transferred to the Prison Superintendent's

quarters which are outside the compound,

At the time of NEWSLETTER's check, the following were being kept in

the Superintendent's quarters :-

Herbert Preudhomme

Hubert Alexis

Albert Forsythe

Oliver Raeburn

Bassanta Fletcher

Goslyn Alexander

Chrys-ler Thomas

George Donovan

Rupert St.Bernard

Norman DeSousa

Ashton Frame

Albert Abraham

Lloyd St.Louis

Anthony Cherman

Transferred to the General

George Hosten

Elected Member of the House of
Representatives, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister for Health
and Housing.

Elected Member of the House of
Representatives and Deputy Speaker

Elected Member of the House of
Representatives and Minister of
Communications & Works.

Elected Member of the House of
Representatives and Minister of
Agriculture, Lands & Fisheries.

Elected Member of the House of
Representatives and Minister of
State in the Ministry of
Communications & Works.

Senator and Minister of State in
the Prime Minister's Ministry.

Elected Member of the House of
Representatives and Minister of
State in the Prime Minister's

Senator and Minister of State in
the Prime Minister's Ministry
responsible for Home Affairs,
Information & Foreign Affairs.

Senator and Minister of State in
the Ministry of Health & Housing.

Labour Attache in the Office of
the High Commissioner, London.

Former Senator and Minister of
State in the Ministry of Finance.

Civil Servant and Supervisor of

Former Magistrate. Advisor to
Prime Minister Gairy.

Son of former Cabinet Secretary,
Franklin Cherman (deceased).
Alleged to be an associate of the
'mongoose gang'.

Hospital because of illness is

Elected Member of the House of
.Representatives, Leader of Government
Business and Minister of Finance,Trade
& Industry. (continued)



THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 2443.79 age 15

Held in the infirmary within the

Jerry Romain

Osbert James

Winston Masanto

Francis Jones

Adonis Francis

Raymond DeSqusa

Edmund Gilbert

Fits Anraham

Ian LaCrette

Held in prison cells :

Moslyn Bishop alias "'-Pram"

Willie Bishop

Albert Clarke alias "Heads"



Johnny Madrid (?)

prison compound were :-

Manager of Radio Grenada

Acting Commissioner of Police

Commander Grenada Defence Force

Superintendent of Prisons

Assistant Superintendent of

Assistant Superintendent of

Civil Servant and Bishop of the
"Baptist Church",

Member of the Grenada Defence
Force trained in Chile

Member of the Grenada Defence
Force trained in Chile

Member of the 'mongoose gang,

Member of the 'mongoose gang'

Member of the 'mongoose gang'

Member of the 'mongoose gang'

Member of the 'mongoose gang'

Alleged to be Prime Minister
Gairy's bodyguard.
(526 words)


Grenada's Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon, has pledged to work to

ensure that, coming out of the coup of March 13th, Grenadians have

a "working arrangement" of which they can be"justly proud".

At 2.45 pm on Thursday 15th, two days after the coup, Sir Paul

broadcast over the renamed "Radio Free Grenada". "Fellow

Grenadians", he said, "I'm talking to you from Governor General's


"You have been kept fully aware of the events of the past three

days. As your Governor General, I want to thank all of you who

sent me good wishes for my personal welfare and well-being, and I

want to let you know that I have been treated with every respect

and courtesy, and I should like to congratulate all of you on the

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calm and peaceful manner with which you greeted this period of


"I want also to commend all those who have assumed the burden of

ensuring that law and order is maintained."

"It is my understanding and, in fact, I have been given the assurance

that all those in custody are treated with the greatest care and

attention. I have also been given the assurance that there is

absolutely no cause for alarm among our friends from abroad who

have made their homes in our beautiful country.

"At the earliest time, and with the appropriate advice and cooperation,

I shall do everything possible to ensure that we have a working

arrangement of which all Grenadians can be justly proud.

"Meanwhile, as Representative of Her Majesty the Queen, who is

Constitutional Head of our State, I shall continue to watch the


"I love my country and so do you, and I want you to know that, in

any discussions about our future, I shall see to it that the interests

of the country and its people are paramount.

"Let us look to the future with confidence and hope. We shall move

forward together. May God bless you all."
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