Caribbean Report 19-05-2000



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1. Headlines: (00:00-00:26)
2. Fiji has woken up to another day under siege as gunmen trying to overthrow the government continue to hold the Prime Ministers and Members of Parliament hostage. In Suva, hundreds of shops have smashed and glass litter the streets. Heavy smoke from fires lit by looters blanketed the city. (00:27-04:16)
3. George Odlum, St Lucian Foreign Minister, had said yesterday that CARICOM countries should refuse to sign the Suva Convention to protest against the withdrawal of Cuba’s application for ACP membership. He now calls it a knee jerk reaction. Europe raised concern over Cuba’s human rights record, and Cuba withdrew its application in protest. (04:17-08:03)
4. Voters in Haiti are preparing for general and local elections on Sunday. Most major problems have been resolved, except for the city of Jeremie which might see its election exercise delayed for a short time. (08:04-11:24)
5. Washington’s policy of deporting criminals to the Caribbean is being supported by the US embassy in Barbados. Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago are among the Caribbean countries speaking out against the deportation of criminals to their countries, as this practice has increased the national crime rates. (11:25-13:44)
6. Grenada’s teachers returned to work today, after being on sick-out to get the government to pay them a 17% increase. Those affected by the sick-out, particularly students preparing for exams, have been voicing their concerns, as there are reports that there may be a full strike next week. (13:45-15:24)