– In Jamaica, protests against the arrival of William and Kate
To mark the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and his wife Kate travel to the Caribbean in Latin America and Jamaica.
Protesters gathered outside the British delegation in Kingston on Tuesday to protest the visit of Prince William and his wife Kate to Jamaica on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary in 2022.
Protesters demanded that the former colonial power monarchy compensate and apologize for its role in the slave trade that brought hundreds of thousands of Africans to the island to work in inhumane conditions.
“I have come here to represent my ancestors who died as slaves and were killed by the oppression of whites,” said Clement “Jawari” Deslandus, who had been protesting since the morning before the prince’s couple’s arrival. He explained that “coming here without any worries or regrets from a member of the royal family” was an insult to his ancestors.
“This privilege of nobles”
“They have this aristocratic privilege,” he said. “They can come here, we need to roll out the red carpet for them. That era is over.” William and Gates’ Caribbean tour had already suffered a setback. Due to.
At a time when voices are being raised in Jamaica to follow the example of Barbados, who became a republic in 2021, the arrival of the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess should then move to the Bahamas.
Jamaica, colonized by the Spaniards after the arrival of Christopher Columbus, came under the yoke of the British crown in 1655, which used slavery to improve the island’s economy. Since independence in 1962, the island has been a parliamentary monarchy, headed by Queen Elizabeth II of England.