Jamaica’s Opposition leader, Mark Golding, has called for Her Majesty The Queen to be removed as Head of State in Jamaica as the Jamaican government prepares to lobby Britain for slavery reparations.
Jamaica is planning to ask the UK government to pay billions in compensation for the centuries-old slave trade in the former British colony. Olivia Grange, Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, told Reuters, “Our African ancestors were forcibly removed from their home and suffered unparalleled atrocities in Africa to carry out forced labour to the benefit of the British Empire. Redress is well overdue.”
Mike Henry, a member of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, commented, “I am asking for the same amount of money to be paid to the slaves that was paid to the slave owners. I am doing this because I have fought against this all my life, against chattel slavery which has dehumanised human life.”
The petition, with approval from Jamaica’s National Council on Reparations, will be filed pending advice from the Attorney General and three legal teams. The Attorney General will then send the petition to the United Kingdom and Her Majesty The Queen, whom remains Head of State in Jamaica.
Jamaica was a British colony until its independence in 1962. Jamaica remains a part of the Commonwealth though many in Jamaica want to sever ties with the United Kingdom completely and leave the Commonwealth of Nations.
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