Jamaicans avoid visiting the British royal family and demand compensation for slavery

San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) — Dozens of well-known leaders in Jamaica, including professors and politicians, apologize and enslave while the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess prepare for a trip to the former British colony. Is demanding compensation.

The group has rejected Prince William and Kate’s scheduled visit on Tuesday. This is part of a larger trip to the Caribbean region, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence and the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

“There is no reason to celebrate the 70th anniversary of my grandmother’s promotion to the British throne, as her grandmother’s leadership and her predecessor’s leadership have perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in human history,” read a letter released on Sunday. Couple visits and signatures by 100 Jamaican leaders.

The week-long royal tour of Central America and the Caribbean, which began on Saturday, was at the request of William’s grandmother, the Queen. This trip aims to strengthen relations between Britain and federal nations, but some nations break ties with the monarchy, as Barbados in the eastern Caribbean did in November. We are off to a good start because we are considering.

Local opposition forced the royal couple to cancel their scheduled visit to the Belize cocoa farm on Saturday, but their next trip to Jamaica still awaits apologies and slavery compensation. I made people who say that they are angry.

Jamaican lawmaker Mike Henry has long been trying to get compensation estimated at over £ 7 billion, but in a telephone interview with the Associated Press, the apology said he was “abusing human life.” He said it was just the first step in things. And labor. “

“The apology really admits that we feel guilty,” he said.

Hundreds of thousands of African slaves struggled in Jamaica under British rule for over 300 years and faced cruel conditions. With numerous bloody rebellions, a woman called “Queen Nanny” is leading a group of formerly enslaved Africans known as the Jamaican Maroons, who became famous for their guerrilla warfare and abused British troops. did. “Queen Nanny” continues to be the only woman of Jamaica’s eight national heroes.

Prince William and Kate are expected to celebrate Bob Marley’s heritage during their two-day stay in Jamaica. This move also offended some Jamaicans.

“As a Rastafarian, Bob Marley embodies advocacy and is globally recognized on the principles of human rights, equality, reparations and repatriation,” said a letter from people demanding an apology.

The group said it would celebrate 60 years of freedom from Britain, adding that “given the burden of colonial inheritance, it is sad that no further progress has been made.” Nevertheless, we reject many negative colonial self-concepts and celebrate the many achievements of the great Jamaicans who have succeeded with confidence in their tremendous probabilities. We also remember and celebrate the Freedom Fighter. “