Caribbean Report 14-08-1990



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:41)
2. After almost three weeks on strike, the Surinamese police return to work on a part-time basis as negotiations with the government continue. The return to work came in light of the government setting up an independent commission to investigate the murder of the police inspector. Chandra van Binnendijk also reports on a recent speech by Desi Bouterse (00:42-02:34)
3. In response to a request for support by the Guyana Human Rights Association, the US offers Guyana technical assistance in the run-up to the general election. The Venezuelan President is due to arrive in Guyana this week and can also be drawn into the campaign for free and fair elections. Sharief Khan reports (02:35-06:30)
4. Financial News. Gary Voss, President of the Manufacturers Association of Trinidad and Tobago comments on the rebuilding of the country’s economy in the aftermath of the attempted coup (06:31-08:09)
5. Governments and churches in the Caribbean are being urged not to participate in the celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus. A resolution to this effect was passed at the 6th Annual Assembly of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples in Norway yesterday. Patricia Fraser, a descendant of the Carib Indians, attended the Assembly as a representative of the Caribbean and stated that Columbus’ arrival was not a discovery but it was an invasion (08:10-10:21)
6. Haiti’s Council of State, increasingly frustrated by the slow pace of change under President Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, was at the brink of resigning last week. Michael Norton reports that the grassroots organizations in Haiti convinced the Council not to resign (10:22-14:23)
7. Five more Cubans seeking political asylum entered the residence of the Belgium ambassador (14:24-14:51)