Sisters and Brothers of Free Grenada,
We are faced with a very serious situation in our
country at this
time. Many of you may not realize exactly how serious the situation is
throughout it all the life in our country is continuing as usual, more
benefits have been coming to our people, and, indeed, especially this
the Revolution has been moving forward with increasing strength and
the new cooperatives being to develop, the health service improve, more
better education is being provided, as new community projects are being
undertaken every day all over the country and our mass literacy
CPE programme—gains strength and vigour.
However, counter-revolution is on the rise, and I want
with you tonight, the P.R.G.’s understanding of what is happening, and
In recent weeks we have seen a sudden increase in all
rumours, lies and slander against the Revolution and its leadership.
As part of an organised campaign of counter-revolution,
lies are being spread both by word of mouth and through pamphlets.
Any close look at the rumours reveals that they are
For instance, at a time when Comrade Hudson Austin is
army camps, and speaking at public meetings in various parts of the
rumour says he is in jail!
Even while Comrade Bernard Coard is representing our
important finance meetings in Bermuda and Washington, rumours say his
has been taken away and he cannot leave the country.
Another most foolish rumour is that the P.R.G. would
like to sell
the International Airport to the Canadians, but the Cubans say no.
course, any sensible person knows that a country does not sell its
airport to any other country.
There is another rumour which says President Fidel
Castro of Cuba
sent down two hundred more workers to Grenada and I sent back one
saying that we could not take all, and that Comrade Fidel sent them
saying “who you think is boss”? Well,
even I had to laugh at that one.
Rumours, Sisters and Brothers, dozens of them on the
day. Rumours have always been spread about our party since long before
Revolution, with the aim of weakening us, but not one of these has yet
Where are the discos that Gairy said we would make of
churches is we were in power? And remember how he said we would kill
Grenadians over 40?
We laugh at those rumours now, but we must remember
basic aim of such rumours always is—that is, to confuse and demoralize
Since the Revolution we have observed, and it is
remember now, that a wave of rumours and other destabilising activity
always come just before any manor attempt at turning back our
Remember the rumours which were spread before the De
plot last November? - that people between 18 and 40 years would not be
permitted to leave the country?
That Cde. Coard and I were fighting each other.
These and many other rumours led up to their plot to
St. George’s, take over army camps with the assistance of mercenaries,
kill not only the leadership of the country but also a large number of
And let us remember also that a list of all the
at De Raviniere’s home, proved that they were carefully planned out and
among our people. Exactly the same
activity is being organised again at this time.
But this time around, they are organizing more
carefully and with
greater external help and financing. For side by side with lying
by word of mouth, we have seen the distribution of thousands of copies
pamphlet which spreads the same lies in written form.
More seriously, however, sisters and brothers, we have
experienced, during the past three weeks, the rise of violence;
undertaken by a section of the same group which is spreading the
the pamphlets, violence being carried out by remnants of the same
which planted the bomb in Queen’s Park on June the 19th, which killed 3
innocent sisters and wounded dozens of our people.
Sisters and brothers, you will remember that some of
elements shot and seriously injured an army soldier and a militiaman in
Patrick’s within weeks of the Queen’s Park bombing.
Now within the past 3 weeks some of those same elements
attempted to burn down the Magistrate’s Court in Grenville in St.
through the use of a gasolene bomb, and have attacked a militia camp in
This violence moved to an even more serious stage when,
week, in the early hours of Saturday morning, they set off a bomb in
Madeys/Morne Fendue area of St. Patrick’s; a bomb which was so powerful
was heard, and its vibrations were felt, over a wide area of the parish.
But what was particularly sinister was that, for the
in Grenada, the Bombers left a note in which they promised war, unless
Cuban workers assisting us in building Grenada were sent home within 3
Now while all of this has been happening locally, let
us also be
aware of how these activities are linked with, and supported by, events
Even while the bomb was being set in St. Patrick’s - a
was expensive to make and which required gelignite
which cannot be obtained locally very easily - the former dictator
trying to hold a meeting in New York.
This is the same criminal whom we would like to have in
to face the judgment of the people.
This is the same Gairy who is on radio constantly in
States saying he is coming back by any means possible.
This is the same Gairy whom the United States
Government says it
doesn’t want, but at the same time won’t return to our people for his
What are the circumstances under which Gairy tries to
meeting in New York. He is introduced by a man called Theodore Britton,
whom some of you would remember was, up to a few short years ago, the
Ambassador from the United States of America to Grenada and the Eastern
A former Ambassador sharing a platform with a criminal
murder and attempted murder! What are we to make of that?
And when the masses turn out in their hundreds to
contempt for Gairy and their solidarity with the Grenadian people and
twelve carloads of American policemen
are sent to protect him from the anger of Grenadians and other
and Americans themselves - living in the United States.
Another interesting and important point to note is that
enemies of the Revolution who as a result of our extreme - and, as it
out, mistaken - generosity and
humanity who were released from detention a few months ago, also had an
important role to play in Gairy’s meeting.
These two known CIA agents, Stanley Cyrus and James
key organizers for that meeting!
These two who always stated that they would die before
allowed Gairy to resume power, Herry who tried to take command of a
camp, Cyrus who is wanted in connection with the murder of our sisters
Queen’s Park on June 19th together played an active part in trying to
people to come out to Gairy’s abortive New York meeting.
What opportunists these characters are!
Let us be conscious, sisters and brothers, of what this
terms of the clear links between Gairy, the CIA, and the local
Sisters and brothers, what is the meaning of this new
counter-revolutionary activity? What does it all add up to?
The most obvious point is the growth of terrorism in
The use of terror is a dangerous new step in this quiet and peaceful
The death and injury of so many of our citizens at
on June 19th reminds us all too well of the meaning of terrorism. The
thing that we must note, therefore, is the real possibility of
developing in a serious way in our
Secondly, besides killing and maiming, their aim is to
general confusion in our country, to divide our people, to divert the
of our people from their present work of building their community,
economy and building our nation together.
Let us analyse thirdly, sisters and brothers, the
these counter-revolutionary elements. Is it their objective to take
the people the benefits that the Revolution has brought to them? Is
Let us consider, for example, what it would mean to our
lives to lose the benefits which they have received just in the past
Think of the drastic cut from secondary school fees
to $12.50 a term, together with other substantial improvement in the
Think of the provision of free medical and dental care
people at hospitals, visiting stations and Health Centres throughout
Carriacou and Petit Martinique for the first time in our history.
Think of the opening of the new secondary school - the
Bailey Secondary School in Happy Hill, that being only the second
school to be established after 400 years in our country.
Apart from these, we can see in agriculture many more
being provided to our farmers. We can see new factories being
our people, the Coffee Processing Plant at Telescope in St. Andrew’s
new Agro-Industrial Factory about to be opened.
These developments are clearly in the interest of our
our workers, our housewives, of all of our people. If the resources of
country, our labour and our materials are to be used to repair damage
terrorists and counter-revolutionary elements, if we have to keep
Court Houses for example, then this will slow down the building of our
And clearly, this is one of the aims of these counters
down our process of national reconstruction and development.
Comrades, it has always been our position as party, and
to be our position as Government that the resources of our country must
developed by the people of our country.
In other words, only we and we alone can truly build
But at the same time as we build our economy, we do need specialists
Today, because of the international respect which our
commands, we have in our country specialists from several agencies and
One such country, of course, is Cuba. In fact many of
numerous benefits which our people have received and are receiving,
from the selfless assistance of the government and people of Cuba.
Cuba is a country that has shown, in no uncertain
support, its solidarity with and for our Revolution and our people.
Remember in the early days of and weeks of our
Revolution it was
Cuba who made it possible for us to be really able to defend ourselves
Cuba subsequently loaned us twelve doctors and dentists
must contrast this with the colonialists and the imperialists who have
sent a single doctor or dentist to our country, but instead have always
continue today to keep taking away from us those few doctors and
our limited resources are able to train.
In the space of a few months of the Revolution, our
came to help us to build an international airport, an airport which
tremendous economic and social benefits to our country.
Tomorrow in fact, a further 80 Cuban workers will be
our country to assist in building the Point Salines Airport. At the
35 Cuban airport construction workers who have completed their
will be returning to Cuba tomorrow.
In other words, the agreement we have with the
Government of Cuba
is that they will lend us their skilled workers to help us to do the
our workers cannot do at this time, while at the same time, their
train our workers to be able to perform those functions. And as fast as
complete these very important assignments, they will return to their
with our deepest and most fraternal appreciation for their very
contribution to the building of our country.
Can you imagine, sisters and brothers, how many
dollars we would have had to spend if we had to buy all the necessary
ourselves, pay the required number of foreign skilled workers, obtain
necessary designs and drawings and rely on a straight commercial
have our airport built?
The figure would certainly already have been somewhere
million dollars, and that would certainly have meant that the project
have gotten off the ground, and would have remained - as it has done
past 25 years - as another ‘impossible dream’.
Or consider what the cost of the assistance we have
receiving in water developments and in medical and dental assistance to
just two more areas, would have been if our Cuban friend had not come
to our assistance.
Consider too that the price of sugar in our country
been the same price as in other islands of the Caribbean, that is to
between $1.25 and $1.35 a pound instead of our local price of .67˘ per
This price would not have been what it is if the people
government of Cuba had not come to our assistance in this area by
hundreds of tons of sugar free of cost and selling us hundreds of more
a greatly reduced cost.
Yet the counter-revolutionary elements do not attack
do not attack the terrorists, do not attack the arsonists or the
or Gairy, but they attack precisely those who are helping us to build
country and to develop our economy.
I am sure by now you would have realized that these
Cuba are not accidental but are very consciously aimed at trying to get
people to turn against precisely those who are helping us the most.
The counter-revolutionaries and the imperialists
well how important Cuban solidarity and assistance to our country has
continues to be, to the task of building our economy.
They understand very well that one of the best ways in
can turn back our Revolution is precisely if they are able to break or
weaken the present unshakeable link and bond between our government and
and the government and people of Cuba.
That is also why they are trying to fool our people
rumours, into believing that the leadership of our country is now
presence of Cubans in Grenada, and that we are actually trying to
demonstrations against them.
Nothing of course could be further from the truth, the
that our relations with Cuba are better than ever, our admiration for
friendship with Comrade Fidel Castro is stronger than ever.
And our need, desire and appreciation for their
unselfish assistance is firmer than ever.
The reactionaries may as well stop their childish
fool and confuse our people on this question. Imperialism was not able
succeed in this and neither will our local reactionaries.
Our Revolution will continue to go forward in
solidarity, cooperation and friendship with the Cuban Revolution, even
we recognise very clearly, just like the Cubans do, that in the final
regardless of how much assistance we receive from whatever source only
we the Grenada people can build the Grenada Revolution.
Sisters and brothers, we must also ask and answer the
question - why is counter-revolution
rising back up at this time? From what we have been able to pick up
people over the last few days, more and more people are asking
They are saying ‘but how come these people starting to
fool again?’ at exactly the same time that the Cooperative Movement is
off the ground and the CPE programme is picking up steam.
In other words, at exactly the same time that they are
more education and more production going on. Sisters and brothers,
there are at
least four reasons for the activities of these counter-revolutionary
at this time.
First, we must always remember, as we have always said,
Revolution breeds counter-revolution, that the stronger the Revolution
that the more the revolutionary process advances, the more you will
find one or
two unpatriotic, undemocratic reactionary power-seeking opportunists
elements who will oppose the Revolution.
This is a natural law of the Revolution. This law will
with us. Most of the small minority elements that have lost special
and advantages, which they were enjoying because of corruption, will
oppose the Revolution.
Those who support imperialism and believe that it is
the right of
big countries and their big greedy
companies to continue to suck our lifeblood will always oppose the
The imperialist governments and their big companies who
threatened by the potential of the Revolution to use our resources for
people and our country’s development and not for their own enrichment,
also always oppose the Revolution.
The power seekers, the opportunists who want persona,
gains and benefits for themselves, and the ultra-leftists who believe
Revolution is like instant coffee that can be made overnight - all of
elements will also continue to oppose the Revolution.
And naturally enough in their opposition these external
internal reactionaries will always look for ways of ganging together to
roll back our process, to try to restore the rule of puppets in the
Therefore, the first reason (and this we could say is a
over-riding reason) is that there will also be a very tiny minority of
counter-revolutionary elements who for different reasons will always be
for ways to overthrow the Revolution and to seize power for themselves
their imperialist external backers.
The second point - we must realize that it is clear to
elements that the Revolution remains sound and healthy and is
move forward at a rapid pace to bring more benefits to our people.
Just in the past few weeks, (as we have said), they
seen, felt and heard of the benefits that this Revolution has brought.
The bringing of these daily benefits frightens the
counter-revolutionaries and makes them wonder how much longer they can
to wait before making another grab for power.
They recognise very clearly that more time means more
that more benefits mean more strength and support for the Revolution.
That more support means greater organization, that
organization means greater unity and the prospect of the further
development of the revolutionary process, therefore, frightens these
The third point, sisters and brothers, is that these
counter-revolutionary elements are always examining the situation, they
always trying to see how far they can go, when they can move, what they
away with, where and how they made mistakes, why they failed in the
They look back at the De Raviniere plot which failed,
back also at the [Kenneth] Buck Budhlall gang attempts which also
look back at the Cyrus + Herry propaganda offensive which also failed
discover from these failures that they were beaten and crushed easily
because those elements had no support among the people, and because
not even the appearance of opposition or sufficient confusion in the
So this time around they are hoping to correct those
are trying to pretend that the Opposition to the Revolution is
counter-revolutionary activities are not just localized but are being
all around our country.
Obviously, their advisers have told them that this is a
tactic, that it is important to create an appearance of much opposition
activity. So this same small band is putting out pamphlets and
spreading it all
around the country to make it appear that there are several pamphlets.
They are creating and spreading dozens of rumours and
them all over the country to make it appear that these rumours are
several different people.
They are causing terror and violence, not only in St.
but also in St. Andrew’s and in St. David’s, again with the aim of
appear that there is widespread opposition to the Revolution.
They hope in this way to give the impression that
involved when this is clearly not the case.
They hope to create a lot of chaos, confusion,
division, violence, all over the country and get their reactionary
abroad - Gairy in New York, the Trinidad Express,
the Barbados Advocate and Radio Antilles
in the region to come out
and back them.
And they are doing all of this so that when they come
next attempt at a violent overthrow, it will look like if there was
justification for it.
Sisters and brothers, as a result of all of this, these
are more desperate than ever before. Time is running out for them, they
cannot get the people to support them, they still cannot find an
lead them openly and publicly, so they are forced to admit that they
failed to get the people’s support and they have moved instead to take
on the people by bombs, by murder, by violence, by the killing of
women and children at random.
Obviously, it must be the task of the Revolution to now
that these criminal elements are seriously and firmly dealt with, that
murderous ambitions are stifled.
The question is “how can we
One way is to pass firmer laws to deal with terrorists
counter-revolutionaries who use violence to further their political
This we have now done by the passage of the Prevention
Terrorism Law [gazetted 3 October 1980; amended 24 October 1980] which
the legal basis or dealing very firmly with these counter-revolutionary
elements when they are caught, tried and found guilty in our Courts.
Secondly, we must firmly ensure the success of every
of our Revolution. The CPE programme is fundamentally important to the
development of our country.
If we are to build our economy, if we are to be
Grenadian must know how to read and write.
How can our people produce jams and jellies or process
cocoa if we cannot read or write?
How are we going to operate the machines for our
factories if we
do not learn to read and write? We must understand that we cannot build
economy or develop a free and productive country if one tenth of our
not know how to read and write.
We cannot build a free nation if 10% of our people are
mentally enslaved, we must therefore give our fullest support to the
It is especially through the development of agriculture
agro-industries that we can build our economy and deal seriously with
problems that [is] the unemployment situation in our country.
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This is why it is so important that we ensure that our
form cooperatives to increase production and to push our economy
Only last week, the very first such cooperative was
Duquesne, Requin, St. David’s [and] we must now make sure that more and
cooperatives are formed.
We must also make sure that our programme of good
health care for
all communities and our house repair programme are successful.
Our Revolution has made tremendous gains since the 13th
last year. However, local counter-revolution aided by its foreign
always trying to turn back the progress of our country.
In order to defend our gains and to safeguard our
mercenary invasion or any violent attack, we must have all our people
the militia to be able to defend our country.
It is very important, therefore, to join the Militia to
to defend and to safeguard the Revolution when the time comes. We must
the safety of our people and our Revolution by supporting and working actively
in all of the programmes of the Revolution.
Thirdly, sisters and brothers, we must build the mass
organisations of the people, we must join these organisations and make
If you are a woman, join the National Women’s
you are a youth join the National Youth Organisation, if you are
ages of 6 and 15 join the Pioneers Organisation.
In our villages, we must join the Farmers’ Union and
organisations so that more and more of us can become organized and
With greater organisation and unity, we will be able to
understand the development of our Revolution, to raise our
therefore be able to fight back whenever the Revolution is threatened
The fact is that the more organised we are and the more
are, the greater the chance we have of building our country and
counter-revolution. Join the mass organisation, therefore, increases
organisation, build our unity.
The fourth task, Comrades, is that we must see the
crushing rumours wherever and whenever we hear them.
Quite often some of us who are patriots, who are
the Revolution allow ourselves to innocently repeat rumours, we must be
that these rumours are really carefully worked out devices for trying
confusion, for trying to make us lose confidence in the ability of our
Government and our Revolution, to lose confidence in the ability of the
leadership to solve the problems of our country.
These rumours are also designed to make us as a people
in our ability to solve our problems and develop our country.
Rumour-mongering is a serious business. Rumours are
destabilising, they are aimed at making us feel that the leadership is
and fighting each other, and that our Cuban sisters and brothers are
helping our country to develop.
This, of course, is definitely not true. Our leadership
and united, as we have always been, equally our Cuban comrades have
working very hard every day brining free medical attention to our
helping us to build our international airport, and teaching and sharing
skills with our Grenadian workers - vital skills which our workers do
have but are rapidly acquiring.
Whenever we hear these rumours - whenever and wherever
them - crush them immediately, do not give them a second of life.
Fifthly, sisters and brothers, we must organise to show
support for our Revolution at all times. Whatever organisations we
belong to -
be they Trade Unions, church groups, community work brigades, the
other service clubs, Mothers Unions, Friendly Societies, whatever
let us write letter to the Radio Stations, the newspapers (both local
foreign), let us pass resolutions and sign petitions in support of the
Revolution and condemning the recent acts of destabilisation and
violence in our country.
By demonstrating your concrete support in this way,
certainly help to build our Revolution and to beat back the lies in the
Finally, we must all become the eyes, the ears and the
the Revolution. We must all become, in a practical and concrete way,
guardians of our Revolution.
This is both and easy and yet a difficult task because
we do not
always appreciate how easy it is for us to carry out this particular
But think of it, if a counter-revolutionary wants to
pamphlet, for example, he has to buy the paper from somewhere, he has
to find a
typewriter, he has to find a typist to type, he has to find a
machine to roll off the documents he is producing.
He has to, then, find a vehicle to help him distribute
vehicle - like the machine, like the typewriter must belong to someone.
Or consider the person who want to go to plant a bomb
or to burn
a building down. Bombs could be made in any of our communities. In some
these elements would need clocks to make them, in other cases they
would need gasolene,
they would need explosives, they would need detonators, they might need
Again, these things must take place some part of our
therefore, we are vigilant, we are alert, if we understand the
catching these elements when they are engaged in any of these acts, we
Keep a lookout in your area or in your workplace for
elements who are likely to be involved in these counter-revolutionary
And whenever you catch them or suspect them, report
immediately to the Security Forces in your area.
In that way, you can become a guardian of your
Revolution and can
save the lives of possibly your own family and friends.
So, let me leave you, sisters and brothers, with the
that we together hand in hand, strong in unity, strong in our
strong in our organisation, strong in the benefits that the Revolution
bring and will continue to bring - let us go forward and onward to
build a new, free and revolutionary Grenada.
Long live our Revolution!
Long live the People of Free Grenada!
Long live the People’s Revolutionary Government!
Forward ever! Backward never!