Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Part IV

Events Subsequent to November 18, 1973

Paragraph 172. - THE RIOT ON JANUARY 21, 1974 [PART 17] - The evidence of Cosmos Nurse

172. Cosmos Nurse was summoned at the instance of Asst. Supt. Belmar to speak about the anticipated attack on the Grenville police station on November 18, 1973. He was, however, able to give helpful evidence about the recruitment and pay of police aides of whom he was one and as well about the recall of the police aides by the Premier on Sunday, January 20 and their attendance at Mount Royal on Monday, January [possible missing line] recalled some time in January, 1974.

He had a radio in his house and he heard "over the air" that the Premier recalled the police aides. He understood that he should go to Mount Royal. He went there by car. There were about 500 men at Mount Royal on Monday, January 21, 1974. He said that Mr. Gairy told them he was "glad to see all you down here and I take on more hands with those that were there and I hope all you will do the work and continue doing as all you going ahead." Nurse continued - "it had some young boys that are calypsonians and they sing some song about 'Jewel come down the Road.'" According to Nurse, Mr. Gairy told the man to do down to Georgie and get lunch. Nurse said he did not go but instead returned to Birchgrove from Mount Royal.

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