Caribbean Report 16-07-1990


A number of diplomats at the Czechoslovakian Embassy in Havana are taken hostage by a group of Cubans seeking political asylum from the Czechoslovakian government which has been sympathetic to the plight of Cubans under the Castro regime. Following the Financial News, the major opposition party in Guyana, the People’s Progressive party, is a force to be reckoned with as it gains momentum on the campaign trail by attracting large crowds at public meetings. The report concludes with an ultimatum issued by six of Haiti’s political parties to President Trouillot for the arrest of Roger Lafontant and Williams Regala by noon today. Despite no arrest taking place, President Trouillot has decided that the arrest of these two former military leaders is imminent.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. Diplomats at the Czechoslovakian Embassy in Havana taken hostage. Mary Hockaday reports from Prague (00:31-08:13)
3. Financial News. Robin Stainer, Commodity Analyst, comments on coffee prices (08:14-09:35)
4. Guyana's opposition People's Progressive Party attracts large crowds on the campaign trail. Sharief Khan reports (09:36-11:30)
5. Haiti's two most feared men still free. Hugh Crosskill interviews Hubert De Ronceray of the National Mobilization for Development Party (11:31-14:55)