Stand up and be counted, regional leaders told


A regional activist has accused some politicians of being afraid to stand up for the Caribbean’s interests.

Guyanese Gerald Perreira of the Georgetown-based Organization of the Victory of the People levelled the charge as he spoke at a ceremony in Payne’s Bay, St. James to mark the 40th anniversary of the downing of Cubana Airlines flight 455 yesterday.

He paid tribute to past regional leaders, including Barbados’ father of independence Errol Barrow, his Trinidadian counterpart Eric Williams, as well as the late Forbes Burnham of Guyana and the late Michael Manley of Jamaica, all of whom he said were instrumental in the regional integration movement.


“Today some political leaders and politicians are telling us that we are victims of historical and geographical circumstances – in other words, we live in the backyard of empire. But as much as that might be a geographical reality, it is time that we free ourselves of what Wade Nobles called this ‘conceptual incarceration’ and say, like the great Caribbean hero Maurice Bishop, ‘in nobody’s backyard’,” Perreira said.

He added that the Caribbean does not have to resign itself to “some form of historical or geographical fatalism as some would have us believe”, but must continue to pursue its goals for the advancement of citizens.

“I honestly believe that our destiny shall be determined by the faith that we have in our principles, the faith that we have in our people, and the faith that we have in Almighty God who is a God of justice and righteousness.

“And as he promised us in the two holy books – the holy Koran and the Bible – the mighty shall be humbled and lay low, and the weak meek should be exalted. It is this that gives us hope to resist,” Perreira said.

His comments also came as family and friends of the victims of the Cubana Airlines bombing vowed to continue to press for justice for their loved ones. (MCW)


6 Responses to Stand up and be counted, regional leaders told

  1. Phil October 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Too bad Gerald, the only politician that can stand up and make that change is a lady by the name of Mia Amor Mottley. All the others are fakes. Check her out. She will be Barbados’ next prime Minister and top class Caribbean leader.

  2. Alex Alleyne October 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Barrow , Williams , Burnham , Manley. The work done by those LEADERS will never be matched in our life time. The leaders of the “new Caribbean” is more self driven and not looking out for Country.

  3. jrsmith October 10, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Its coming to past when the people is so scared of our politicians shaking hands with any of them require checking to see if your rings is still on your fingers…

    My take , the time will come when certain people who think they are untouchables ,would be running for cover from people like themselves because , they are all afraid of each other then the war starts and at the end ,ordinary honest to goodness bajan people have to pick up the pieces…

  4. Phil October 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

    jrsmith, are you insinuating social unrest and violence? If so you are perfectly correct. Some people are wishing a stray bullet would hit a politician some where. it may well wake up a few others and they will get to work or get out.

  5. jrsmith October 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    @, Phil , hail, hail, we don’t know each other but trust me I am scared for our island’s innocent people , stray bullets carry no discrimination when it could happen anywhere and to any one that frightens me…
    For a taste of what to come happened only last week , a mister man was found in his car bullet in the back of head , that’s not low life Johnny boy from back a yard…

  6. Smiley October 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I cannot endorse self-serving politicians we don’t have any who worth my vote at this time. Mia too self centered .


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