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Gairy Statement - From Exile in New York City
to the BOMB newspaper in Trinidad

Gairy's statement sent to the BOMB [25 May 1979] from New York is reproduced in part below:

A theft by night at gunpoint, with added atrocities, cannot escape its repercussions.

The Jewel terrorists are labouring under a grim misconception in that they tend to construe recognition given to them as approval of their crimes - stealing control of a duly and democratically constituted government with the bullet, shooting citizens, without trial by an established court of justice.

The Jewels have yet their lessons to learn. For some reasons, and in few obvious cases, some countries have recognised the regime, being in effective control.

But no self-respecting Government would truly give approval to the terrorist regime, and, worse yet, consider lending any form of assistance to such a group, considering that they formed what was called the 'People's Alliance' with two other political parties in opposition to our Grenada United Labour Party to fight the last General Elections in December 1976 which they (the three opposition factions - People's Alliance) lost.

And the few successful candidates of the Jewel Party won with the support of the Grenada National Party headed by Mr. Herbert Blaize, one time Premier of Grenada.

It is quite safe to assume that the Jewel Terrorist Regime has less than ten percent of the people with them, considering that both the Grenada National Party and the United People's Party who with the Jewels formed that People's Alliance have severed connections with them less than a year ago on the grounds that they could not subscribe to the Jewels ideology.

One must remember that the electors listened to all that the opposition candidates had to say.

The majority of the people, however, voted in favour of our Party.

Added to this, is the fact that the Jeweled filed three election cases against three of our winning parliamentarians, and lost the first before the Supreme Court.

They appealed before the West Indies Associated Courts of Appeal and lost again simply because they had absolutely no case.

And although they had about seven lawyers of their brand involved in these cases they still employed the services of a prominent lawyer outside of Grenada who advised them, after his first and only visit, I understand, to abandon those cases as they did not have any leg on which to stand.

In light of all the foregoing, any assistance given to the Jewel regime would mean at least three things:

Firstly, Saying that Grenadian voters voted wrongly, and of course that would not make sense.

Secondly, it would be giving a big slap to British Jurisprudence after whose pattern our laws have been enacted. It would also be, de facto, a vote of no confidence in the judges of both the Supreme Court and the West Indies Associated Courts of Appeal. All such judges have been properly appointed through a judicial and legal Commission within the 'little sever' area.

And thirdly, it would be an open gesture in support for, and invitation to, terrorism and coups in the area and elsewhere.

One must remember that the Jewels are the ones that brought about the 1973/1974 crime with more than twenty huge demonstrations shouting against Grenada becoming an independent nation.

Now they want to control an independent Grenada so badly that they have decided to steer the control by night with the bullet, and not only that, they are also trying to share Grenada with another communist regime in the area.

This will never go down the throats of our people who are much too religious and God-fearing to accept communism as their way of life.

The Jewels are talking of General Election. You put new wine into old bottles. You cannot use an illegal power to legalize an illegality.

According to our very peculiar Constitution the regime can do absolutely nothing to legalise themselves as a legality constituted body.

Investors are fully aware of that fact and no sensible investor or bank would wish to do any business with the present illegal regime.

Who would wish to invest in a Country where the established courts of Justice have been disbanded?

Or where regime is irrevocably committed to nationalise all private enterprise?

Or where there is no regard for God, church, elders? It is better for the Jewels to see their folly now and give up in peace than be otherwise forced out.

They are nervous and panicky. They are talking of mercenaries. There is an old saying in Grenada which has a lot of meaning -

Those who have cocoa outside
must look out for rain

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