The Grenada Revolution Online

Public Release - November 1979

(By E.M. Gairy, Constitutional Prime Minister of Grenada)

God has been very good to me at all times, and is now granting me the privilege to greet all the leaders and peoples of the free democratic world, especially those of you in the Caribbean, and more specifically my people of Grenada, my home, my land, my love. As you know I came to the United States on March 12 [1979] for the purpose of holding some discussions with the United Nations Secretary-General, the Director of UNICEF and the Chairperson of the United States Commission on the Declaration of the "International Year of the Child". In the United Nations Assembly, I presented many innovative points designed to promote the well-being of all children on our planet Earth and, God permitting, I shall continue to work in the interest of all children of our Globe.

When one comes to think deeply about the situation in Grenada it must be factually concluded that Grenada and its people were hijacked. As an aircraft can be hijacked, so, too, an island could be hijacked. And in the case of Grenada, our island with its peace loving people, was hijacked. We note, with interest and concern, that what happened in Grenada was no revolution. A revolution envisages a situation where the people revolt against the government for some reason or the other. This was not the case in Grenada. There was no revolution or rebellion by the people. The people love me, as their National Leader, and respect me for what our government has accomplished for them, and not a single civilian was involved in that five o'clock Tuesday morning raid. It was not a coup either, because a coup envisages the official military or paramilitary troop or force, police included, seizing control of the country. Again, this was not the case. None of our forces was involved. It was simply the same six [6] men* who caused the Grenada crisis in November 1973 accompanied by some members of their little Communist party - New Jewel Movement. This same movement was rejected by the people at the last general election. There was definitely no revolution, there was no coup in the Grenada situation. it was just a bold-faced hijacking of an island and its people at gunpoint, similar to the hijacking of any aircraft with its passengers, and this fact is undisputable, and may be verified by simple investigation.

The people are now revolting. According to recent releases on the International news media two attempts were allegedly made on the life of Maurice Bishop, the leader of the Communist regime in Grenada. Twenty-one persons were arrested and imprisoned in the first attempt and twelve in the second attempt. Why is this regime still holding on to a stolen and hijacked government when they know that the people will never, repeat never, allow themselves to be governed by any communist group? Moreover, the people are rightly saying that they took absolutely no part in the change of government and as such they want my government and myself back immediately. Bishop and his Communist regime are fully aware that I shall definitely be returning and it might be in their interest to leave before my return. By the gunpoint hijacking and seizure of our elected government: (A) they are, in practice, defying the Elections Authority who was appointed by the Governor-General, who in turn was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen of England; (B) they are committing a judicial contempt in that they filed election petitions which were heard by the Supreme Court in which decisions were given against them; (C) the same applies to the Regional "Court of Appeal" before whom they subsequently appeared and lost again simply because they had absolutely no case; and (D) their action is tantamount to an insult to the Grenada population who rejected them at the polls, and these people are now being forced to be governed by them at gun-point. Whenever an aircraft is hijacked, such incident always arouses the attention and concern of nearly all nations. Now this incident in Grenada involves a whole nation - its land, and its people. So far no nation has come forward with a plan to assist the reinstatement of our Constitutional government. Why?

Grenada's present situation is not paralleled by any other situation in any part of the world involving a forced take-over. Unlike other countries, Grenada has been having its general elections regularly according to our Constitution; our government was not established by any coup; We had no dictator who planted himself in government as head or otherwise; the present regime is in defiance of the ruling of two courts of justice; the present regime was previously rejected by the people at the election polls.

When, on Tuesday, March 13 [1979], the communist-trained group made its attack on the officers and men of the Grenada Army, most of whom were sleeping in their dormitory, the group soaked the building with fuel and set it ablaze before firing their guns. They shot the Captain, Hyacinth Brizan, dead on the spot, and held the men who were able to escape the burning building. Many young soldiers were missing afterwards, and were believed to have been imprisoned by the group. However, after a few weeks many skeletons were found on the spot of the burnt out dormitory, clearly indicating that the communist group burned some men alive. Any investigation would easily substantiate this fact.

All government members were locked up with the exception of four [4] of us in the United States [Eric Gairy, Gloria Payne, W.E. Friday and possibly a bodyguard]. By the pleas of Church Heads and other persons, two [2] more have been let out of prisons. All the others are still in prison. Many of our government supporters are said to be "missing" (killed). Perhaps ninety percent [90%] of our people's freedoms have been taken away from them, and there is pandemonium with fear and tension. The only two local newspapers have been shut down by the regime, and our people's "human rights" have been dumped in the garbage heap.

Six [6] of the men who led the recent coup in Grenada were the same persons who made an attempt in November 1973, but were stopped by the police and people, at which time they were alleged to have received bruises in the battle between themselves and the police. This incident flared up into one of the largest national affairs in the history of Grenada by the influence of their parents, some church leaders, some professionals, and other citizens claiming that the boys were innocent and had no communistic tendencies [See Bloody Sunday]. They called upon my government for a commission of enquiry into the incident. The demand was supported by several demonstrations sponsored by twenty-two [22] organizations calling themselves "The Committee of Twenty Two". The boys and their friends gave evidence that made them look like saints and angels. In consequence the Commission was appointed and consisted of reputable men in the highest order - an ex-Chief Justice, a religious Bishop and the Head of the legal faculty of a University [Chairman was Herbert Duffus, KT, with leading members H. Aubrey Fraser and Archbishop Samuel Carter], all three [3] were appointed by the Governor and they all came from outside of Grenada. This affair cost our poor country nearly $200,000 and the official report, known as the "Duffus Report", condemned our government and the police in the strongest terms, for suggesting that those six [6] young men had any communist tendencies or any intentions to take over the government. The report insisted that the Chief Police officer, Inspector Innocent Belmar, involved in resisting the attack was to be dismissed. He was removed accordingly and was duly elected to parliament in December 1976 with an overwhelming victory over the candidate of the New Jewel Movement [R. Rush, People's Alliance v. I. Belmar, GULP] He [Belmar] was assassinated about a year afterwards [4 January 1978], and they got the seventy six [76] year old looking mother [Eileen Belmar] of the deceased Belmar to go into the Courts and give evidence in support of the alleged assassin. She told the Courts that she did not believe that it was the accused (member of the New Jewel Movement) that shot her son, Innocent Belmar. [Most likely Gairy is referring to the accused Kennedy 'KB' Budhlall, defended at the trial by Maurice Bishop, plus there was a co-defendant Lauriston Wilson]. The jury acquitted the accused. This only shows the extent to which those leading the regime in Grenada can go. Referring to the famous "Duffus Report", it is only logical to assume that those reputable men who wrote that bombshell report must indeed feel very embarrassed now, and this should be a lesson for those who I understand, would be appointed by the hijacker's regime [H. Aubrey Fraser who turned down the offer] to judge innocent and respectable persons now imprisoned by those who should be in prison for murder and treason. I warn such persons to be appointed as judges, please don't get involved because in the 1973-74 crisis Commissioners were fooled. Today everyone knows the circumstances in Grenada. So beware!

I want my people to know that I shall be returning to resume my legitimate position as the elected Prime Minister of Grenada, and there would be no remorse of conscience because I did not make myself Prime Minister A Portrait of Gairy. The people made me Prime Minister by a democratic process - General Elections, and that position is constitutionally and legally mine. As I said I shall be returning to serve at least the five year period for which my government was elected. There are talks about elections! Well, elections or no elections, I shall come to claim my legitimate position, and as I once said, and I now repeat, 'WHO IN THE WAY, CLEAR OUT THE WAY".

May I, at this point, explain how our Parliament was established in accordance with our Constitution Constitution Order of 1973: there are two [2] Houses, comprising twenty eight [28] members. Of these twenty eight [28] members our Grenada United Labor Party [GULP] controlled sixteen [16] seats; the New Jewel Movement [NJM] comprising the Communist regime controlled five [5]; the Grenada National Party [GNP] headed by Mr. Hubbard [sic] Blaize Herbert Blaize and the United People's Party [UPP] headed by Mr. Winston Whyte (now in prison) controlled four [4] seats; the remaining three [3] being independent members appointed by the Governor-General [Sir Paul Scoon] in his own discretion. What justification, therefore, could Mr. Maurice Bishop and his New Jewel Movement have in taking over the control of the government?

When I left Grenada in March [1979], there were approximately eighty percent [80%] of the people in support of our government. Today the situation has improved, and Grenada is not accepting the hijack regime, and as such I understand that at least ninety percent [90%] of the people are supporting our government and myself. They are expecting my return. I shall be returning! Even the young boys who have been wooed and coerced as communist soldiers are not really communists, and they, like their parents, friends, relatives and neighbors are very unhappy at this moment. Certainly the alleged attempt to assassinate Maurice Bishop, the leader of the regime, two weeks ago [14 October 1979] in which twenty-one [21] young persons were arrested and again the alleged attempt on Friday, November 2 were no indication of love for and contentment with the present regime. The second allegation ushered in another arrest of twelve [12] persons. The regime is arresting and imprisoning people by the bundle. I wish to assure all my people and especially those who are now in prison, and their relatives, the population of Grenada as a whole that I shall be returning to re-establish peace and love; law, order and justice for all.

With my return I shall certainly, by the grace of Almighty God, re-establish goodwill and peace of mind, with happiness and prosperity for all. We have to win back the confidence of Governments and Investors, as well as rebuilding our tourist industry. Our dynamic educational program must be resumed for the benefit of our school children and other young people, because as it is today the hijack regime is offering no hope for young people except to have them trained as Communists. Grenada today is being forced by this regime to accept Cuba's friendship in place of the friendship of England, America, and Canada, and other free countries, many of whom have been very generous to Grenada because of their confidence in our government and myself. Grenadians want to migrate to America, Canada and England to improve their position and return home to help in our nation-building programme, and most certainly, they do not want to go to Cuba.

Trinidad and Barbados remain oblivious to Grenada's plight. This is surprising when one realizes how close I was to Sir Grantley Adams and how much support he received from Grenada as Prime Minister of the ill-fated West Indies Federation [collapsing in 1962]. In addition, when Tom Adams' party [BLP - Barbados Labour Party] won elections two years ago [Prime Minister from 1976-1985], I came out in open support of his government, and condemned the previous Prime Minister [Errol Walton Barrow] for his unjustifiable insults to the smaller countries. I did this, however, with no regrets up to this time. When Dr. [Eric] Williams' government was in trouble, about ten years ago, perhaps I was the most concerned man outside of Trinidad and Tobago. I rang Dr. Williams' home and the homes of other ministers of the Trinidad Government keeping in touch with the Trinidad situation, and expressing my concern and giving them my moral support. I spoke to Honorable Kamalodin Mohammed, the then Minister of West Indian Affairs on two occasions at the home of Dr. Williams by telephone, when he assured me that things were getting under control, and informed me that he was going to let Dr. Williams know of my concern. I think all Trinidadians know that Grenadians have played a very significant role in bringing about Trinidad's prosperity today. Grenadians have made contributions in the field of government, oil industry, in Labor, Commerce, and in fact Grenadians have made worthwhile contributions in every aspect of Trinidad growth and life style. It is not too late for Trinidad and Barbados to show some meaningful interest and concern for the people of Grenada, and their constitutionally elected government. There are two Caribbean countries upon whom we cannot look for support because they are left-handed.

I am constantly thinking of my people back home - people in all walks of life - those who supported my government all through the years, and the new ones who have come to realize, by comparison, our value to Grenada. I think of the very many people involved in the tourist industry, I think of our people involved in government service and I think of the thousands of school children, their education and their future; I think of all the people in the cold cold prison who if they are guilty at all of any offense is that of working too hard to keep in pace with our government's program. I think of the hundreds and hundreds of policemen and women, Grenada Voluntary Corp, military military auxiliary, and other paramilitary personnel who have been giving devoted service for many many years in the maintenance of law and order in Grenada, and now have been reduced to ridicule and insult in status.

God has been using me in great measures to bring about wonderful improvements for our country and its people. Grenada's international image and its socio-economic progress and prosperity under our government, and in spite of our very limited resources, could have come about only by a leadership that is God-inspired. Remove such leadership for a little while and as everyone can plainly see, Grenada is in chaos and confusion, "human rights" is a thing of the past. However, the present situation brought about by my absence from Grenada is perhaps a useful eye-opener for the few people who were doubting and opposing our government's efforts and accomplishments.

To summarize briefly the known behavior of those who now claim control of our country's affairs: these are the same six [6] communist-oriented young men who attempted to take over control of the government in 1973 and failed by the effective resistance of the police and the people; these same six [6] communists made such a "to-do" about it and told sufficient lies to the public that they were able to get twenty-two different organizations to form a committee requesting a commission of enquiry costing our poor people nearly $200,000; both government and the police department came in for the heaviest criticism and condemnation; the chief police officer involved was removed and later assassinated; the accused was tried and acquitted; Grenada was visited by a number of sabotages, arsons, and acts of vandalism; the same six [6] boys now leading the regime led over twenty demonstrations with all sorts of placards protesting Grenada's independence; they even went to the British House of Lords and the House of Commons with their protest and strongly lobbied against Grenada's independence to the extent that they were able to get members of both houses questioning the wisdom of Grenada's independence; they used every available news media in a vehement campaign to place Grenada in isolation from the rest of the world; they travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, New York, Washington, Canada and United Kingdom with their "isolation" campaign against Grenada; they published the ugliest lies against Grenada and its people over the last seven years, but now they have stolen the control of the same country and wish to govern the same people against whom they so fiercely campaigned.

Strangely enough they have a peculiar access to most communication media throughout the western hemisphere. They have even recently been able to get the once reputable and reliable National Geographic Magazine to refer to me as a dictator and other ugly names [September 1979]. But let us not forget that there were eight [8] general elections between 1971 and December 1976, and in these general elections I was elected by free democratic process eight [8] out of eight [8] times in succession. I consider myself to be the exact opposite of a dictator, and it is the softness of my heart that allowed those criminal hijackers to be holding guns over my people's heads at this time. The international recognition that have been conferred upon me must essentially dispel all the false allegations made by the communist regime in Grenada. If course, they speak of my charisma and "gab of the tongue". But it is ludicrous to conceive that the Queen of England would confer a knighthood on me and also appoint me a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council because of charisma or "grab of the tongue". The leaders of the regime have always been jealous of my achievements; over-ambitious for the love of power disregarding the power of love; and they are basically wicked and atheistic. But as I said, I shall be returning and I exhort my people of Grenada, I implore and I call upon you now, let us firmly stand together and put our full confidence and trust in God.

The web site administrator has inserted specific information in brackets [     ]. Gairy's inserts were in parenthesis (     ) form.

* Speculating, but most likely, the six [6] men Gairy writes about were Maurice Bishop, Unison Whiteman, Hudson Austin, Bernard Coard, Selwyn Strachan, and Kendrick Radix; Bernard Coard replacing Peter Simon of the original six (6).

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