ANGUILLA. WANTS FREEDOM FROM UK
The island of Anguilla is only 16 miles long and 3 miles wide. We are situated 11 miles North of St. Martin. We are a colony of Great Britain and have been for over 400 years.
The problem is, we dont recieve any finacial aid from them but they have all the constitutional powers. They impose laws on us from England against our better judgement, the impose laws on us with total disregard for the Christian comunity of which 97% of us are.
We are labeled by the UN as a non-self governing territory because even though we have elections, all the power is in the hands of a British Governor. He can fire elected Government leaders, they have no power whatsoever! The British Government is not recognizing our right to political independence and they are not recognizing the United nations decolonization committee.
We are a small island with 16'000 souls, in the world, we are insignificant! All we want is the power to decide our destiny, all we want is freedom! We cannot do it by force but with your help, we can. Please tell someone about our plight and get involved. We are not asking for money, we are only asking for attention to this grave situation in 2001.
The injustices and bullying by the British administration is not limited
only to Anguilla and the other Caribbean colonies. Their imperialist
tentacles have spread far and wide to include such areas as Gibraltar on the
coast of Spain and Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean.
Can you imagine living on Anguilla and your mother country take you off and
relocate you onto a foreign country? Come to think of it, this was almost a
real possibility for Anguilla our grandfathers were offered a permanent trip
to British Guiana some years ago. Recently, there were rumours of Sombrero
being given away and even Dog Island being leased to be used as a bomb range
by the US military.
Sadly for the people of Diego Garcia ‘Ilois’, this became a reality when in
the late 60s and early 70s they were taken off by the Mother country and
relocated on the island of Mauritius, where they have lived in poor
conditions. This was done by the British to make room for the U.S. to set up
a military base.
The Ilois fought to return to their homeland and it was taken to court and
unfortunately in 1971 they lost the case. Determined to make that wrong
right, they pressed on and just this month they won a High Court judgment
allowing them to return to their homeland.
The celebration by the Ilois was short lived as the Mother country said the
island will remain off limits to the people and they could not return.
The colonial administration of British Indian Ocean Territory - actually
Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials in London - has issued a new
ordinance allowing the 5,000 Ilois, to return to any of the 52 Chagos
islands except Diego Garcia.
The islanders will need permits to visit Diego Garcia, now the only
inhabited island, and British officials made clear permits would not be
issued except in special circumstances. The ordinance was published in the
territory's official gazette. The island houses about 1,500 US military
personnel and 1,500 staff working for private contractors serving the base.
Richard Gifford, solicitor for the islanders' legal campaign, indicated they
would not mount an immediate challenge to their exclusion from the
archipelago's biggest island, even though most of the 2,000 people ejected
had come from there. Instead, they would focus on resettlement and "remind
the government of their legal and moral obligation to open up the islands".
Though the Foreign Office is conducting a feasibility study to see whether
resettlement is possible, officials indicated they would do no more than
meet obligations under the United Nations charter to provide basic policing,
justice and healthcare. There was no obligation to provide an airfield or
port. "We will not be going all out to create a public sector-funded
community on these islands," one official said. Though private sector
investment in tourism was possible, the colonial administration would seek
to prevent the environment of the coral atolls, which have a combined
landmass of 23 square miles including Diego Garcia, from being “wrecked”.
The isolation of the 37-mile-long atoll has enabled US military to operate
from its airstrip and harbour with unique freedom from surveillance. Britain
has still to hold talks with the US on the security of the Diego Garcia base
following the judges' ruling. The base is an air, naval, logistics and
communications hub from which B-52 bombing raids have been launched against
Let us not take anything for granted. Orders in Council, acts in Parliament;
whatever the British wants, the British gets. We are not even considered.
They have their international obligations to meet, and sadly, they don’t
include us and our way of life!
Let us unite as a people and prepare for separation from Britain!
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