Volume 8 Number 13
For The Week Ending 4th October 1980
8th Year of Publication - 246th 'Issue
ANTI-TERRORISM LAW PASSED-,.
A person charged with being in possession of explosives will have
to establish his innocence if it is proved that, at the time of
the alleged offence, he and the explosives were both present in
Me will also have to establish his innocence if, at' the time of
the alleged offence, "the explosive substance was in the premises
& of which he was the occupier or which' he habitually used other-
wise than as a member of the public".
These-are some details of the "Terrorism (Prevention) Law" (Peo-
ples Law No 46) passed by the Peoples Revolutionary Government
(PRG) on September 29th and gazetted on October 3rd.
Since the June 19th bomb explosion which killed three p&p ns at
a rally at Queens Park, St. George's, there have been reports
that the PRG was drafting a law to combat terrorism. Originally,
it is reported, the intention was to establish a separate.Revolu-
tionrry Court to deal with offences under this law, but this plan
was abandoned and cases will be heard in the High Court.
An important feature of this legislation is that it is retro-
active. Section 25 stipulates that, if a person has committed
an act which is an offence under any law, whih act is also an
fefnce under the Terrorism IPrevention) Law, then that person
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must be charged under the Terrorism (Prevention) Law, "whether,
rg act was committed before or after coming into force of this
Because of this.provision, six persons ,1ow in custody and await,
-ing trial in connection with the bomb emplosion which killed i:
three persons on tune 19th, may be charged under this new law.
Other features of this law are that a confession made to a mem-
ber of the Security Service of the Peoples Revolutionary Army
in the presence of and witnessed, by another person may be ad-
missible in evidence. Also in connection with confessions,
when a confession made by one person implicates another person
"the: Court may take into consideration the confession as a-
gainst the other person", provided that there shall not.be a
conviction "unless that evidence is confirmed in some material
particular by other evidence."
A person found guilty of killing someone through use of an
"explosive substance" shall be liable to the death penalty. If
the explosion is of a nature likely to endanger life or cause
property damage, whether or not there is injury or damage, the
penalty is life imprisonment.
A lesser sentence is 25 years imprisonment for an act with iin-
tent to cause an explosion or for being in possession of ex-
plosives with intent. A person found in possession of explo-
sives "under ,such circumstances as to give rise to reasonable
suspicionn, is liable to a 15 year jail term "unless he can
show that he made it or had it in his possession or under his
control for a lawful object".
Trial of charges under this law "shall be heard by and before
a Judge sitting alone and theirfshall be no right of trial by
jury". The law remains in force for 12 months and may, on
the order of the Minister for National Security, be extended
for a further, 12' months .
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BOMB EXPLOSION IN ST. ,-AtzICKS
A pamphlet circulated by the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG.
on October 1st confirms there was a bomb explosion in the north
coast parish of St Patricks during the early hours of Saturday
There have been reports of a loud explosion heard over a wide area
in that parish between midnight and one o'clock that morning, but
there was no positive indication of the location of the blast.
Speaking of acts of counter-revolutionaries, the Government pam-
phlet identifies the location. It says the bdnb exploded in the
Morne Fendue/Madeys area of St. Patricks and the counter-revolu-
tionaries "left a note which was almost the same as the pamphlets
Inquiries by NEWSLETTER reveal that residents of the area did hear
a loud explosion and thick clouds of smoke were seen. The pre-
cise location of the bomb was not found,-however, and no damage
of any kind has been reported. No press release has been issued
by the Government Information Service and this service has been
unable to give any information.
The Government pamphlet asked Grenadians to become "the eyes, ears
and noses of the revolution". "Pamphlets are not produced by
magic", it says," paper must be brought (sic) somewhere and rolled
off somewhere. They are distributed in cars which must belong to
someone. The bombs are made in one of our communities. Be al-
ert. Be Vigilant. Pass information immediately to the securi-
ty forces in your area".
Another development is that, on the same day the bomb e ploded,
the second anti- Government pamphlet was distributed. It was
handed out in St. Georges and probably in other parts of the
country. NEWSLETTER has not been able to see a copy but this
pamphlet is reported to be a protest against the killing of Joseph
Charles ( also called Yussuf Abdul) who was shot by Security
Forces on September 19th. (308 words )
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FIRE IN MAGISTRATE'S COURT
-Official reports concerning a fire.which btoke out at the
Magistrate's Court ,in Grenville during the early hours of
Thursday 25th September are conflicting.
According to a spokesman for the Police, the fire, which
started about 4.15 a.m., is not connected with any anti-Govern
-ment movement. We believe the arsonists are people with
cases before the Court for possession of marijuana", the
spokesman said, "and this was an attempt to destroy evidence
and documentation". The spokesman said also that the fire
was started by an incendiary device triggered by a timing
According to the Goverhment Information Service (GIS), how-
ever, this arson attempt is seen as the .latest act of local
counter-revolutionaries to sabotage Government buildings in
Grenada and is recorded as part of an overall plan to bring,
down the popular people's revolution".
A further apparent point of difference is that GIS said the
incendiary device was deliberately thrown into the ground
floor of the Grenville Magistrate's Court" while.,the Police
say the device was triggered by a timing switch.
Commissioner of Police James Clarkson confirmed to NEWSLETTER
that evidence of a timing device was found at the scene of
the fire. With reference to whether or not the incident was
linked with an anti-Government group, he said investigations
The Police say very little damage was done to the building
by the fire. The blaze was spotted quickly, the Fire Ser-
vices responded promptly and damage was limited to some
cabinets and furniture which were badly scorched.
To date, no arrests have been made.
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MARXISM NOT COMPuLSORY
Foreign students studying in Cuba are not compelled to study Marx-
ism. This has been stated in an official release issued in Gre-
nada by the Cuban Embassy in reply to the Dominica Government's
reported rejection of six scholarships offered by Cuba.
Early in September, the Dominica Government issued a statement
that the scholarships had been refused because of a stipulation
that the students must include Marxism-Leninism in whatever
courses they pursue. ,The statement said also that proper commu-
nications or liaison had not been established between Cuba and the
Dominica Government on the matter of scholarships.
The statement from the Cuban Embassy says that country's ideolo-
gy is Marxism-Leninism and "it should not be surprising that Marx
-ism is offered as part of the curriculum" in Cuban universities.
"At the same time", the statement says, "such courses are purely
elective for all foreign students - they may enroll purely on
the basis of their personal wishes - and certainly none are com-
pelled to study Marxism".
With reference to Dominica's charge that proper communications
or liaison had not been established on the matter of the scholar-
ships, the Embassy statement says the Dominica Government was con-
tacted on two separate occasions. The first was on July 22nd by
cable and the second on July 30th by letter, both communications
being to the Dominica Ministry of External Affairs in accord-
ance with the official channels and language prescribed by inter-
A release issued by the Grenada Government Information Service
says 38 students are now studying in Cuba and there have been no
reports of compulsory studies in Marxism-Leninism.
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NEW WORKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR DOCTORS
Doctors employed by the Government of Grenada started a new
working arrangement on October 1st, but, at a press conference
on September 30th, Minister of Health Norris Bain said all de-
tails for the effective working of the scheme had not yet been
There are 29 doctors ( including specialists) whose services
are now available to Government. .Of these, 22 are employed by
Government and are entitled to private practice, while 7 are
on loan from and are paid by the Cuban Government. These Cu-
ban doctors have no private practice.
Until the end of September, doctors employed at the three State
hospitals operated their private practice at their official of-
fices at the hospitals. This was done between performance of
their regular duties but, following discussions by the Ministry
with the doctors, it was agreed that, from October 1st, pri-
vate practice will still be allowed but must not be done on
"There are still some arrangements to be made at 'the hospitals
to carry on this effectively", Mr. Bain said, but we will
start tomorrow so that the entire population can, at all times
from tomorrow, go to any institution in the country and not ex-
pect to pay a single cent".
The Minister said that, before the revolution, there were no
dentists employed by Government and no dental facilities pro-
vided by Government outside St. George's. Now, three Cuban
dentists serve the country's 7 parishes and there are dental
facilities provided by Government in each parish. In four
parishes, there are full facilities while, in 3, only. extract
-ions can be done. Mr. Bain said that, since the Cubans'
arrival in June 1979, 17,000 extractions have been done.
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PRG REFUTES "BEACON" STATEMENTS
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has refuted statements
made in the September 19th issue of the "Beacon", the official or-
gan of the ruling Barbados Labour Party.
In an article entitled "Grenada, What's The Truth?", "Beacon" said
Mr. Fennis Augustine, Grenada's Ambassador to London, had made
some "amazing commissions" in his report to the PRG during his re-
cent visit to Grenada. "Beacon" said Mr. Augustine reported that
many Grenadians in London wanted to contribute fully to develop-
ment of their homeland, but he did not report a Resolution which
had been passed, by a meeting of about 50 Founder Members ,of.the
New Jewel Movement (NJM) United Kingdom Branch in North London on
'The Resolution, 3"eacon' said, called on the PRG to hold elections
in Grenada as soon as possible, to bring detainees to trial as
soon as possible and to permit only fully trained members of the
Peoples Revolutionary Army and Police to carry arms in public. Ac-
cording to "Beacon", Ambassador Augustine was present when this
Resolution was passed by a large majority" and he was "specifi-
cally requested to convey the Resolution to Prime Minister Bishop".
Referred by NEWSLETTER to the PRG Ministry of External Affairs
for comment, an official of that Ministry said the London Embassy
had been querried on this matter and a denial had been received by
telex from the NJM Support Group in London.
According to the released text of that telex, T. Gittens and M.
Phillips, Secretary and Chairperson respectively of the NJM London
Group, "categorically deny a statement appearing in the "New Beacon"
of Barbados and which states that the NJM London Support Group
passed a Resolution on August 15th 1980 calling on the PRG to hold
immediate elections and to release detainees".
'No such resolution was passed by the NJM Support Group at any time
before or since August 15th", the released telex text says. "Many
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Resolutions have been passed supporting the PRGts position.
We, the members of the London Support Group state without re-
servation to the enemies of the Grenada revolution that we are
solidly behind the revolution".
( 344 words )
POLICE SET7E SOUTH AFRICAN GOODS
The Police have seized a quantity of canned South African
mushrooms discovered on sale at a supermarket in Grenada.
Some 20 years ago, the Grenada Seaman & Waterfront Workers
Union, together with similar unions in the Commonwealth Carib-
bean refused to handle South African produce in protest against
that country's policy of apartheid. Since then, as far as is
known, South African goods have not been -imported into Grenada.
In its issue of September 20th, however, the Government owned
"Fr-oe West Indian" reported that tins of South African mush-
rooms had been discovered on sale at a supermarket. The paper
published photographs of these goods which are under the "Riv-
iera" brand and are marked "Produce of South Africa". The
tins are also marked, Prepared for Caneast Foods Ltd. Montreal
The Manager of the supermarket told NEWSLETTER his first know-
ledge that his establishment had South African goods on sale
came when it was brought to his notice by the "Free West In-
dian"-reporter. He investigated and immediately withdrew
from sale the 106 tins he still had in stock.
Certificate of Origin
The Manager said his further investigation disclosed these
mushrooms were ordered last May from Messrs. B. Terfloth & Co
Ltd of Montreal. The goods arrived covered by a certificate
or origin stating the shipment was a product of Korea but it
has now been discovered that, in addition to cans marked "Pro
-duce of South Africa", there are cans in the shipment marked
"Product of Tai Wan". continued
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NEWSLET1ER was told that the matter was taken up immediately witV
the suppliers who have since phoned the supermarket Manager with
the explanation that the wrong labels were put on the cans. The
supermarket Manager expressed the view that this explanation is
inadequate in view of the embarrassment to which his organisation
has been exposed, and a letter from the suppliers is now awaited.
In the meantime, the Police have seized this South African pro-
duce "pending investigation" and the Peoples Revolutionary Gov-
ernment has made imports from South Africa prohibited. This
prohibition has been effected by Statutory Rules & Orders Number
8 of 1980, dated 24th September. This S R & 0, Gazetted on Sept-
ember 26th,places "Goods originating in South Africa on the List
of Prohibited Imports in the Second Schedule of the Customs Ord-
( 382 words )
METERED WATER RATES UP 1000%
Consumers who have their premises metered by the Central Water
Commission (CWC) had their rates increased by 1000% with effect
from September 1st.
Water rates are normally paid as an assessment based on the rental
value of the premises but, large users of water, hotels, factories
etc., have meters. Until September 30th, the rate was EC$1.00
per 1000 gallons but this has been increased to EC$10.00 per 1000
In a circular letter to consumers last month, CWC Secretary/
Manager points out that labour costs have increased by 55% over
the last three years, energy bills have risen "beyond imagina-
tion" and material costs have gone "sky high".
"Please bear in mind dear consumer", the letter said, "that to
produce water for consumption to internationally accepted stand-
ards is very. expensive indeed, and there is no way CWC can operate
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At 4 recent press conference, Rodney George, General Manager of
Grenada Electricity Services, said CWC has an outstanding bill
for electricity for EC$186,000.00.
A spokesman for CWC told NEWSLETTER that there has been adverse
reaction to the increase from metered consumers. we are hav-
ing talks with them with a view to coming to some sort of com-
promise", the spokesman said, but the consumers will certain-
ly have to face a substantial increase".
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The Government of Grenada owns 30 estates covering a total of
4,051 acres of land. This information has been released by
the Ministry of Agriculture which says there are 7 Government
estates in the parish of St. Georges, 4 in St. Davids, 10 in
St. Andrews, 4 in St. Patricks, 2 in St. Marks and 3 in St.
During the latter years of the 1960s, the Government of Prem-
ier Eric Gairy embarked on a programme of compulsory acquisi-
tion of estates. This was seen as a political weapon, not
only for victimisation of his opponents, but also for estab-
lishment of Government paid agricultural work forces in areas
where the Government wished to be assured of votes.
In many instances, the Gairy Government did not compensate the
owners of estates for the acquired land. At a press confer-
ence on August 16th, Minister of Agriculture Unison Whiteman
acknowledged the indebtedness of the Peoples Revolutionary
Government in this connection and said that, in due course,
the owners of the estates which have not been paid for will be
called in to discuss suitable means of liquidating the debt.
The list of Government owned estates supplied by the Ministry
of Agriculture is as follows:-
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INTERIM RETAIL PRICE INDEX
Retail prices have risen 21.2% since January 1st 1980 and 45.8%
since the Index was established in January 1979. This is dis-
closed by the Central Statistical Office in its publication of
the Interim Retail Price Index for September, which Index shows
a rise of 4.1% in September over the previous month.
According to the Statistical Office, main reason for the in-
crease in September is the rise in the costs of corned beef,
beer ( locally brewed "Carib"), chicken, tobacco, condensed
milk, cheese, vests, briefs, onions, garlic and grapefruit
juice. There were falls in the costs of school fees, bread-
fruit, bananas, oranges and eggs, but these were insufficient
to off-set increases in the items mentioned.
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CARRIACOU GIRL WINS MARRYSHOW MEMORIAL
Margaret Toussaint of L'Esterre in Grenada's/island of Carria-
cou has won the annual Marryshow Memorial Award and is the
Marryshow Scholar for 1980.
The Award is a challenge cup presented to the student who ob-
tains the highest marks in the Cambridge or Caribbean Examina-
-;ions Council "0" level examinations, and was donated in 1977
jy the University of the West Indies Resident Tutor, Mrs. Bev-
Miss Toussaint, who obtained her secondary education at the St.
Joseph's Convent, St. George's, has now enrolled in the Sixth
Form of Bishops College, Carriaccu. Her ambition is to be-
come a Chemical Engineer.
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The last statistics given for banana shipments were in NEWSLETTER
for the week ending May 10th and covered exports up to the ship-
ment made on April 28th.
The following additional statistics are now available:-
Ltd paid to the Grenada Banana
Cooperative Society on shipped weight of fruit
Grenada Cooperative Banana Society paid to producers
on weight of fruit received at boxing plants.
The above statistics indicate the severe effect of hurricane
"Allen" on the banana industry. This hurricane swept through the
Windward Islands on August 4th destroying all the banana plantations
in St. Lucia and an estimated 90% of the plantations in St. Vincent
and Dominica. Grenada's banana plantations were alo hard hit and,
as shown by the statistics, because of low production in the Wind-
wards, Geest Industries' ships now call fortnightly instead of week-
The statistics also Show Grenada's present poor production. In
August, immediately following the hurricane, fortnightly shipments
produced a weight less than the weekly shipments of previous months.
In September, the fortnightly shipped weight increased, but to a
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figure hardly more than the average weekly shipment the island
has been producing.
The Windward Islands Banana Industry is not expected to recov-
er from this hurricane damage until sometime after April 1981.
UNDP Forest Survey
Two officials of the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) have conducted a survey of Grenada's forests with a
view to making recommendations to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The survey was funded by UNDP and the Food & Agriculture Or-
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Whiteman Attends IIAS Metings
Minister of Agriculture Unison Whiteman left Grenada on
September 22nd to attend a meeting of the Board of Directors
of the Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IIAS).
The Minister was also expected to attend a meeting of IIAS's
Technical and Advisory Council. Grenada became a member of
IIAS last April
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Coard Leads Delegation To Meetings
A delegation headed by Minister of Finance Bernard Coard at-
tended the Commorwealth Ministers of Finance Meeting which
began in Bermuda on September 23rd. Following that meeting,
the Grenada delegation flew to Washington for the Annual
Meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Mone-
tary Fund and the World Bank which began on September 30th.
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Talks With Financial Institutions
Officials of the Ministry of Finance have held discussions
with representatives of In'srance Companies operating in
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Grenada on "the role of the Insurance Industry in the development
of the economy in the context of Government's economic policies
and objectives". A similar meeting has been had with Managers
of Commercial Banks in Grenada and, according to the Government
Information Service, other such meetings are planned for repre-
sentatives of various financial institutions.
IIAC Conducting Marketing Survey
Three experts are now conducting a marketing survey in Grenada.
they are Dr. Jerry La Gra and Mr. Deep Ford from the Inter-
American Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IIAC) and Mrs.
Felicity Proctor from the Tropical Products Institute of London.
Dr. La Gra is a marketing specialist, Mr. Ford is an agricultural
economist and Ms Proctor is a vegetable technologist. The sur-
vey, which is being undertaken by IIAC, is with a view to im-
proving the marketing'of agricultural produce on the local and
( 84 words)
New British High Commissioner
The new British High Commissioner to Grenada, Mr. J. Stanley
Arthur, ,presented his Letter of Introduction to Prime Minister
Maurice Bishop on September 4th. Mr. Arthur who replaced Mr.
H.R.H. Stanley, is based in Barbados.
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Taylor Presents Credentials
Mr. Caldwell Taylor, Grenada's Permanent Representative to the
United Nations, presented his credentials to the UN Secretary
General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, on September 4th. Mr. Taylor re-
placed Mr. Kendrick Radix, Attorney General and Minister for
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Cypsus Commissioner Presents Credentials
Mr. Michael Sherifis, Non-Resident Commissioner of Cyprus to
Grenada, presented his credentials to the Acting Governor
General, Mr. Allan La Grenade, on September 9th.
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5.*est Indies Shipping Corporation Law Passed
The Peoples Revolutionary Government, by Peoples Law 45/1980,
has given legal effect to the Agreement establishing the West
Indies Shipping Corporation. This Agreement, originally drawn
up on October 3rd 1975, is between the member countries of the
Caribbean Community. The Agreement was signed on llth Octo-
ber 1975 on behalf of Grenada by former Minister without port-
folio Derek Knight.
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Students Complete Cooperative Course In Hungary
Four students have completed a six-month course in Agricultural
Cooperative Management in Hungary. They are Messrs. Oliver
Benoit, Marlon Joseph, and Andrew James and Ms Lydia Simon.
They will be attached to Government's National Cooperative De-
( 38 words )
Diplomatic Relations With Sahara Arab Democratic Republic
Diplomatic relations have been established with the Sahara
Arab Democratic Republic. This was agreed during a visit to
Grenada of Mr. SaleC Babih, Minister of Health of the Republic,
during September 30th to October 1st. Grenada' recognized the
Republic on August 18th 1979.
( 43 words )
First Cooperative Launched
Grenada's first Agricultural Cooperative was launched at
Requin, St. Davids on Sunday September 28th.
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Another Ambassadorship For Bullen
Mr. G.R.E. Bullen has been appointed Ambassador to the Kingdom of
Belgium. Mr. Bullen is also Ambassador to Syria and to the Euro-
pean Economic Community (EEC). He became Ambassador to the EEC
on July 23rd and to Syria on September 6th.
( 43 words )
GES Refused Request For Rate Increase
Grenada Electricity Services (GESJ have been refused a request to
Government for an increase in the statutory rates now charged for
electricity. According to a notice appearing in the Government
Gazette of October 3rd, a Commission of Inquiry is to look into
the management of GES before Government can decide whether to
grant the increase. That Commission, comprising Messrs. Miles
Fitzpatrick, Osbert Benjamin and Eric Glean was appointed on Octo-
ber 2nd and is to commence sittings on October 20th.
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The lighthouse at Point Saline is to be demolished and, from
October 2nd, a temporary flashing light with a luminous range of
6 miles is located at Trou Jab Point, some 620 metres north-east
of the present lighthouse. These arrangements are necessary as
a result of:the construction of the international airport at Point
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