Your Excellencies Sir Paul and Lady Scoon
Esteemed Comrade Michael Manley, Prime Minister of
Esteemed Commander Daniel Ortega, Member of the Junta
Reconstruction of Nicaragua
Esteemed Comrades Ministers and Members of the People’s
Distinguished Ministers of Friendly Governments
Distinguished Heads of Overseas Delegations
Esteemed Comrades on the Platform
Distinguished Guests to Grenada
Sisters and Brothers
Comrades of Free and Revolutionary Grenada
I want in your name Comrades, in the name of our free
the name of our Revolution, to welcome to our country on this occasion
distinguished and esteemed guests from overseas.
In your name, sisters and brothers, I particularly want
welcome to Grenada our beloved friend, our sincere ally, Comrade
Manley, the Prime Minister of Jamaica.
Our relations with fraternal Jamaica have always been
Comrades, and they have been close for extremely good reasons.
Jamaica was the first country, the very first country,
Coard has pointed out, (that we were in contact with) in the first few
the Revolution, and it was the first country that immediately and
pledged its full support for our Revolution.
Even in the days when our people’s struggle had not
officially recognised, had not yet assumed power, Comrade Michael
his People’s National Party of Jamaica maintained fraternal relations
and with our party, the New Jewel Movement.
And during those days Comrades, during those days,
several countries and several people who were in positions of political
who refused to listen to the cries of our people, who refused to listen
pleas and our call, who instead argued the position of non-intervention
non-interference and looked on quietly while the dictator continued to
Michael Manley did not fall in that mould.
The excellent arrangements which have been made during
three weeks for the festival of our Revolution, that too we can put
part tot he excellent relations we have with our fraternal sisters and
of Jamaica, because the Jamaican Government, at our request, sent us
immediately their top organiser of festivals, Brother Merrick Needham,
must also recognise this contribution.
When over the next few days and weeks all of you, and
also our overseas guests, purchase a copy of the ’45 record “Forward
Against Imperialism” that too will represent another aspect of the
unity of the
peoples of Jamaica and Grenada.
Because “Forward March Against Imperialism” is sung by
Jamaican singer, Barry Chevannes, who first sang this song about his
and has now put it to Grenadian words and we must also recognise that.
It is also for our country a very great honour and a
privilege to have with us one of the outstanding leaders of the
Revolution—Comrade Daniel Ortega, member of the Junta of National
As all of us know, the people of Nicaragua have spent
forty-five years fighting against mass repression, fighting against
disappearances in their own country, inspired by their national patriot
national hero Augusto Sandino.
Today we can feel in the presence of Comrade Ortega,
the inspiration and the moving example of Comrade Sandino.
Sandino lives today in Free Grenada!
We have absolutely no doubt at all, absolutely no
doubt, that the
process that is developing in Nicaragua is a true, revolutionary
We have no doubt at all that the people of Nicaragua,
notwithstanding the decades of ravaging by Somoza and imperialism, are
reconstruct their country in their own image and for the greater
glory of all of their people; of that we have absolutely no doubt.
In recent weeks when we were in Nicaragua we saw the
a real Revolution, we felt the vitality, the dynamism, the
confidence, the courage, the inspiration; we sensed the great spirit of
national unity and the great sense of individual and collective
by the people of Nicaragua in rebuilding their country.
Nicaragua will always be for us a major source of
Today, in our name Comrades, and in the name of our
must also make special mention of the presence among us of another
Caribbean and Latin American patriot, Comrade Jesus Montané, the leader
The relations, the very warm and very fraternal
our country and people have developed with the brother people of Cuba,
been one of the major sources of inspiration for our country and our
In recognising as we do, the tremendous contribution
very earliest days and continuing toady, which the fraternal government
people of Cuba have rendered to the people of Grenada, we must also
the most important fact about our relations with Cuba; the greatest
gratitude owned to the Cubans is that if there had been no Cuban
in 1959 there could have been no Grenadian Revolution in 1979.
In your name, I would like also to especially welcome
our honoured guests, the representative of a country that has spent
30 years fighting its war of National Liberation, fighting against
fighting different countries during that period and finally in the
winning a glorious victory, and moving from there to the stage of
I want to especially welcome the representative of the
courageous and inspiring people of Vietnam.
On an occasion like this, Comrades, when so many of our
have gathered together to commemorate the most important day on the
calendar it is not a time for us to extend apologies, but nonetheless I
ask you to bear with me for one minute as I express our regret, the
our people and our government to all of our distinguished visitors that
not able to offer them even greater hospitality and better
we have been able to.
We recognise that the resources of our country do not
allow us to
provide the kind of facilities that we would have liked, to ensure that
guests are as comfortable as possible, but we do want to give them our
assurance that what we cannot make up for in luxury or in better
and facilities, we will make up by our warmth, our friendliness, our
our fraternal ties of friendship with their countries.
We would also like to apologise to our guests and to
hundreds of people who are presently in Grenada to be with us for our
of the Revolution for the inconvenience, and in some cases, harassment
they were subjected on route to our country.
We have received from several of the delegations and
extremely worrying reports, extremely unsatisfactory, complaints about
in which they were treated at the airport in Barbados.
We want to make it very clear that we know from our
communications with the Government of Barbados on this question that
Government does not support the behaviours of some of their officials
But I have chosen this public occasion to make this
because in some countries in the Caribbean, among some officials in
countries, an unfortunate attitude has developed, an unfortunate
says that anyone coming to Grenada to see our country and to spend time
must first undergo a period of tongue-lashing and harassment.
And we in Grenada are not happy about that, we are
dissatisfied at the fact that when people coming to our country have to
through another airport they first have to put up with no much
and so much harassment.
The Minister from Seychelles, a brother country almost
other end of the world, a brother country that has chosen to send a
from so many thousands of miles away, because of delays, unnecessary
the airport, was forced to miss his plane and had to overnight.
We want to apologise to the Comrade and we want to
other sisters and brothers who have similarly experienced such
Similar reports, and I must say this for the record
want to get it out of the way,
Similar reports have come to us of like treatment being
out to our people coming to Grenada and to visitors coming to our
some of the officials at the Trinidad airport.
And again sisters and brothers, we want to use this
occasion to make it clear that the people and Government of Grenada
as our right as a member of the Caribbean community to have better
handed out to people who are coming to our country, we regard it as our
The Grenada Revolution was a revolution for democracy,
justice, for social progress, for squall participation by the people of
country in all the decisions which affect their lives.
The Grenada Revolution, sisters and brothers, has
over the past year of several historic truths that some of us may have
The Revolution has reminded us, for example, of the
of history that a united people, a conscious people, an organised
defeat dictatorship, can defeat repression, can defeat imperialism and
forces that try to hold back progress.
It is significant that in this region of Latin America
Caribbean 1979 saw two of the most important developments which took
around the world happen right here in our region.
In the space of three months, there was the Grenada
March 1979 and then on the 19th of July, 1979 the people of Nicaragua
able to move finally to throw out Somoza and his henchmen.
The Revolution has also reminded us that there are
possibilities for brining benefits to a people and for a people even in
absence of a lot of resources.
The Revolution has reminded us that when we put our
the people, when we are honest with the people, when we tell them
what the problems are, when we propose solutions they can relate to,
make it clear as Government that our intention is to address the basic
and the basic problems of our people, when we tell them that our
to stop looking outward for solutions from the Metropolitan Centres
dominated and exploited us for so long but instead to begin to turn our
inwards to our country, to look at the problems ourselves, to try to
solutions for our problems based on our needs and based on our
when these things are done a lot is possible.
We have been amazed, we have been inspired, we have
encouraged by the tremendous unleashing of creativity and of energy by
We have been inspired by the response of the people of
the call which we made in the first few weeks that they should work
Government to voluntarily rebuild our country.
The response has been beyond our wildest dreams.
Before the rains came in November last year, there were
when 85% of the villages of our country were out there involved in
community mobilisation and community rebuilding and that we feel is an
The school repair programme which ran for two weeks in
and during which time the people of Grenada were called upon to repair
beautify the schools in which their children have to receive their
at the end of that two-week period nearly sixty-six schools had been
or beautified entirely on a voluntary basis by the people of our
The possibilities for beginning a real process of
genuine democracy from the grassroots up has also been another lesson
We have found over this past year that the people of
have never been more united, have never been more vigorous, have never
The people of our country have never participated more
decisions about their lives and in being involved on a regular daily
helping to rebuild our country.
There are those (some of them our friends) who believe
cannot have a democracy unless there is a situation where every five
for five seconds in those five years, a people are allowed to put an
to some candidate’s name, and for those five seconds in those five
become democrats and for the remainder of the time, four years and 364
they return to being non-people without any right to be involved in
We in Grenada do not regard that as being the real
Instead, we ask ourselves—when decisions have to be
are going to affect the lives of the people, are there mechanisms, are
institutions and organisations that allow for the people to participate
express their views?
Are there organisations on the ground that give the
people a real
opportunity of expressing how they feel and on a daily basis of being
in taking decisions about their lives?
We say that when in a particular country the question
of a new
health policy has to be formulated and the people of the country are
in discussing that policy, and organisations and mechanisms are
ensure that the people will be able to participate in brining that new
into existence, we say that is a real democracy.
When it can be said that the working class in our
working people in your country who had been unable previously to
right to join or to form a trade union of their choice had that
corrected when in the first month of the Revolution legislation was
giving to every worker in our country the right to form or to join a
their choice—and more than 80% have done so—we say that is democracy.
Or consider the case of the women of Grenada. That
situation under ‘Hurricane Gairy’ was that over 50% of the national
was unemployed, and among women over 70% were unemployed, and those few
eventually manage to get a job, many of them in return for the job had
their bodies before they could get the job.
And with the ending once and for all in our country of
exploitation and victimisation of our women we say a real democratic
the participation of our women has been laid.
The national unity, the great sense of national price,
spirit of patriotism which the people of our country feel, that has to
directly with their correct assessment that for the first time in the
of our country a government that represents their interests has taken
is moving in their interest to bring benefits.
That national unity has to do with the fact that our
recognise that the days of job victimisation are over; our people now
that the days of Secret Police and Mongoose Gang and Green Beast
been ended once and for all.
That national unity is now possible because our people
clearly that if they go out there and they do the work on a voluntary
they unite and they organise to help to rebuild our country that their
their labour, that the fruits of that labour will not be picked up by a
and his parasites and passed to Evening Palace or Rock Gardens or some
place owned by the dictator.
The people now understand that the leadership of the
an honest and committed leadership, that the property owned or formerly owned by the dictator Gairy, Evening Palace,
Rock Gardens, Tropical Inn and the rest of it, all of that is now owned
people of Grenada.
The Grenada Revolution, Comrades, has been an important
experience for the people of the Caribbean and Latin America.
Notwithstanding the hostility of some governments in
we are satisfied, and the presence of so many people of the Caribbean
country is proof of this, we are satisfied that the people of the
understand that a new experiment, a new process, a new attempt at
life of dignity and a new civilization is being attempted right here in
Grenada and they want to see that go forward.
We know, and we know only too well, that just as with
the early nineteen seventies, just as with Jamaica since 1975, just as
Nicaragua today, just as they are continuing today with Revolutionary
understand that the forces of imperialism and reaction are going to
overtime to destabilise our process, are
going to try to roll us back, are going to try to prevent the
gains of the Revolution, are going to try to turn us back because the
imperialism, like the forces of colonialism before and still, are not
interested in seeing a people move forward with dignity, are not
seeing a people and a country build a process that has relevance to
Their concern is with dollar bills, their concern is
profits, their concern is with ensuring that their big multinational
corporations have the correct atmosphere and conditions for continuing
historic exploitation of a country and a people’s resources.
That is the concern of imperialism. And therefore the
imperialists are not going to be happy.
Those who do not want to see a country take control
national and natural resources are not going to be happy with the
Revolution or with the Nicaraguan Revolution or with the process being
These things are going to worry them and we know that
going to continue to use people inside of our respective countries,
opportunist elements, local counter-revolutionary elements, to try to
processes from moving forward.
And one of the major lessons of the past 12 months has
fact that we have discovered and discovered clearly that one of the
to defeat destabilisation, to defeat imperialism, to defeat
country-revolutionaries is to be honest with your people, to tell them
happening, to tell them who is trying to do what so that
not come like a thief in the night.
The irony of the situation in the specific conditions
is that all of the conditions, all of the objective conditions, for
that spirit of national unity which now exists, are present.
The workers have reason to feel satisfied, the farmers
country have reason to feel satisfied, the youth, the students, the
our country, those engaged in the private sector, in the business
also have reason to join with the rest of the population in fighting
imperialism in our country.
The basis not national unity is undoubtedly present.
When we made our first statement of policy after 13th
made it perfectly clear that we were not interested in taking away
our concern instead was to add new rights.
For example, to give workers the right to form a union;
to our farmers the right to run their own co-operative bodies; to
the women of our country—through equal pay for equal work and through
sexual exploitation—are able to enjoy an equal place with their menfolk
building our country.
We made all of these proclamations and pronouncements
everything that has been done over the past year has been in
But the one right, the one right that we made clear
that we were
going to end once and for all—and that right we have abolished—is the
The right to exploit has been killed dead in Grenada.
Therefore, when we see elements willing to work hand in
external agencies and individuals to try to destabilise the Revolution,
always be sure of the fact that these are people who are annoyed about
that the one right which is most precious to them—the right to
removed from them.
It is the exploiters, the parasites, the opportunists,
the types who are likely to be engaged with foreign elements in trying
back our process and if we are to make sure that our country
continues to move forward, we have to be able always, Comrades, to
unity, to maintain our vigilance, to continue to raise our levels of
consciousness so that we will always be fully aware of what is
what the possibilities for our country are.
Some people are under the mistaken impression that we
to make enemies with some governments in the region and internationally.
Some people are under the mistaken impression that the
in Grenada is anxious to get everybody in the region to act like we do,
attempt to follow the same principles that we do, to attempt to build
process that our people are now trying to build.
That is not correct.
We recognise and respect the right of all people in the
and outside of the region to determine for themselves what kind of
want to build in and for their own country.
We do not want to be enemies with anybody.
In Grenada, our population is some 110,000 people,
perhaps another 500,000 who live outside of Grenada.
Perhaps, more than the population of Grenada now lived
in Trinidad. There are something like 75,000 Grenadians in Venezuela,
equal or greater numbers in the United States of America, a fair number
Canada, several others in the United Kingdom. Grenadians are scattered
throughout the world.
More American tourists come to visit Grenada every year
entire population of Grenada, so we don’t want to be enemies with
Equally, we want to make a sharp distinction between
people—particularly progressive elements— and the Government of the
But what we say to reactionary elements in the U.S.A.,
and we say
clearly and it must be understood because we are serious, is that small
are, and poor as we are, as a people and as a country we insist on the
fundamental principles of legal equality, mutual respect for
non-interference in our internal affairs and the right to build our own
free from outside interference, free from intimidation, free from
free from the use or threat of force.
We say this is our right as a country and as a people
and we will
fight and die for that right.
To those who continue to believe that the world beings
next door in America, to those who continue to believe that the United
or elements in the United States have the right to regard this entire
area as a
lake, as an extension of America, as part of their backyard, we say
“no, we are
not in anybody’s backyard.”
The martyrs of our struggles, those patriots who died
were murdered, those who gave their lives in the cause of the
liberation o four
people, those patriots in Latin America and the Caribbean who have been
assassinated over the years, they have a right to say to us—and as
revolutionaries we cannot be cowards—that as revolutionaries we must
our feet and face the world, that as revolutionaries we are entitled to
that there must be no more murdering of the Sandinos of this region;
be no more assassinations of our Allendes; there must be no more
of the Juan Boschs and the Arbenz of our region.
We are entitled to say that his region, this Caribbean
Latin American region has a right to build its own process, has the
look at its own conditions to decide who we must be friends with, to
which countries in the region and internationally must be our allies.
One of the supreme ironies, one of the most amusing
the situation is that the very country that wants to come to Grenada to
who we can be friends with, that country today is offering the least
to our process.
The very country that wants to come to Grenada and tell
we have no right to be friends of revolutionary Cuba, that country,
suits its own interest, is trying and will continue to try to build
with the Government of Cuba.
These people who do not understand anything about our
our past, these people who came down to the Caribbean and Latin America
took our region and chopped it up like a loaf of bread, in some
teaching Dutch, elsewhere French, elsewhere Spanish, Elsewhere English
recently American; these people now want to turn around and tell us, we
basically one people, that because we now speak different languages we
longer be friends, that we must begin to hate each other, that we must
fight each other so that they can better exploit us.
But the people of the Latin American and Caribbean
now moving fast to end these attitudes of narrow nationalism, of
of racism, of chauvinism.
We as a people in the region are moving fast to build a
collective sense of identity conscious of the fact that we have one
history, one basic cultural background, one geographical region and we
undoubtedly have one basic future as a people.
To those who would like to believe that we do not have
to shape our own future, we want the answer to be clearly understood,
to say very clearly and very firmly that there are certain basic
which we believe that the people of the region are entitled to have
in their conduct with external powers.
Recently, as Party and Government we have studied the
the conduct of foreign powers in their relations with the region and
up with some proposals which I would like to quickly put before you.
In our view, first of all, Comrades, we believe very
the Caribbean Sea must be recognised, regarded and respected in
practice as a
zone of peace; we believe that is fundamental.
Our view is that military task forces and air and sea
our region must be outlawed.
We believe that military bases and installations must
from the territories of the Latin American and Caribbean countries that
The people of the region must be free from aggressive
harassment by any military power.
There must be an end to the Monroe Doctrine, and to all
including the most recent one, aimed at perpetuating hegemonism,
interventionism or backyardism in the region.
There must be an end to all attempts to use the
peace-keeping apparatus of the Organisation of American States to
in the region to hold back progressive movements.
That too must stop.
All genuine regional attempt at resolving regional
disputes must be accepted, respected, encouraged and supported.
That too is our position.
We believe, secondly, Comrades, that the right of
self-determination for all peoples in the region and internationally
recognised and respected in practice.
It is a sad fact about the history of our region that
we had the
unfortunate honour of creating racism as a result of having been used
vicious system called slavery, because it is out of the slave system
racism became institutionalised and entrenched in certain countries
And because this region helped to create racism and big
capitalism which in turn led to imperialism, we undoubtedly have the
historic task and duty of being in the forefront of the fight against
colonialism, neo-colonialism and imperialism
An unfortunate fact is that there are still 25
here in the Caribbean that are not yet independent, 25 colonial
Some people look at the fact that St. Lucia, Dominica
Vincent moved to achieving their independence recently and forget that
are still 25 territories right here in our Caribbean still under
domination, and we are not happy about that.
But we are happy that a representative of Puerto Rico
with us today at this rally as once again we give our firm and
support to the people of Puerto Rico in their fight for the
This massive and humiliating insult to our region
so many colonies cannot be a good thing for the region and we offer our
commitment and support to all countries in the region that are willing
up and declare that they are ready for their independence and ready to
their people forward to the twenty-first century.
Our third principle is that the principle of
pluralism must be respected in practise.
Every single country in the world, including racist
South Africa, will speak in theory of accepting the principle of
But theory is not enough; we want to see in practise
people of this region are in fact allowed to build their own processes
own way, free from outside interference and free from all forms of
attempts to force them to built a process that somebody else likes.
This principle today must be recognised and practised.
It is a
fundamental principle that reflects the reality of today’s Caribbean.
If that principle is respected, Sisters and Brothers,
then there could be no more invasions; no more landings by Marines; no
gunboats; no more Bay of Pigs; no more slaughters and massacres of our
and Allendes, and that is why this principle is so fundamentally
It’s a principle we must fight to get accepted. And we
give our fullest support to Comrade Michael Manley in his articulation
principle and his brilliant analysis of the reasons why that principle
accepted. And we share fully the views o four esteemed and illustrious
Comrade and his party on this question.
There must be an end to the financing, supporting and
of mercenaries; those ‘dogs of war’ must be outlawed once and for all
There must be an end to the use of other countries as a
sanctuary, base and theatre of continuous subversive activities for
When dictators run let them find some obscure little
spot to his
on; stop putting them up, stop letting them use other countries to
try to destabilise the government of the country whose people were the
the first place to run them out.
There must be an end to propaganda, economic and
destabilisation; an end to blockades, to assassinations and policies of
isolation and divide and rule.
Every country has a right to exist. Every people has a
earn its living and to build its own process; everyone without
And for this reason we could never support in Grenada
always opposed as party and today will continue to oppose continuing
at isolation and blockading going on against the Cuban Revolution.
We believe, Comrades, that there must be an end to the
the financing of counter-revolutionaries and anti-popular
That sort of interference must also end. There must be
an end to
manipulation of regional and world tension for electoral purposes.
The future of the region and the future of the world,
question of world peace, cannot be compromised because of any election,
matter whose election.
There must be a firm commitment to the ideals of
Imperialism must no longer be allowed to hold back
striving to undertake new forms, to achieve structural transformations,
build new ways of life, to construct new civilisations for their people.
We must have the right to be allowed to do this.
The fifth principle is that we believe very firmly that
must be respect for the sovereignty, legal equality and territorial
of the countries of our region.
Our relations must be characterised by the fundamental
of mutual equality, regardless of size of country, regardless of size
population, regardless of extent of resources.
Regardless of how small any country is, such a country
people do have an inalienable right to build their own process.
Sixthly and finally, we must be free to join whatever
organisations we want, to create any regional or sub-regional groups
in the best interests of our people.
Our fundamental right to join with all other exploited
to form organisations to fight for a New International Economic Order
could bring greater social and economic justice to the poor of the
be fully respected.
Aid with political strings or unreasonable conditions
creating economic hardships on the people, or consolidating or
rule of the minority and the transnational corporation, or holding back
internal political process working in the interests of the people, must
It is our very firm conviction, Comrades, that the new
is emerging, this new world that we can see in Africa through Angola,
Guinea Bissau, and today Zimbabwe; in South East Asia through Vietnam;
countries like Madagascar and Benin, Cao Tome, the Seychelles; this new
that we also see in our own region through Cuba in 1959, the Chile of
seventies and in the new Nicaragua and Grenada of 1979, in the attempt
made by our brother people of Jamaica to build their own process, we
that the meaning of this new emerging world is that imperialism can be
defeated, the imperialism is not invincible.
It is clear that the people of the region can, in fact,
organise together to begin the serious tasks of taking control of our
Comrades, it is getting late, there is street dancing
in the next
few minutes, our guests must be tired, not all of them might be
the people of Free Grenada to standing for so many hours.
So we must allow our guests to get some rest. We must
again for coming to our country because it is our firm belief and for
reason it is one of the main slogans of the Revolution: “do not listen
to the propaganda
abroad, come and see for yourself.”
Those who claim that we have cut down the forests in
and have now pitched the roads where the forests used to be and have
aimed at neighbouring islands, let them go to Grand Etang and when they
home, report what they saw.
Those who claim that there is a Naval Base in
Carriacou, let them
travel to Carriacou—it is only 10 minutes by plane—and if they find any
Base we would like to see it ourselves.
Those who publish photographs that show barbed wire
our beaches, we invite them to go to all of our beaches and if they
with barbed wire tell us, we want to see it.
Those who ask “what are the Cubans doing here”, those
“why do we need an army”, those who say “why do we have a militia”,
say “why are we always talking about destabilisation”, those who feel
must come here and question us about how much arms we have and where
come from and what we need the arms for let us give them the answer
Free people of Grenada have been giving.
Let us give them the answer that whenever Gairy or
any other counter-revolutionary elements land on our beaches they will
the size of our army, how many guns we have, where the guns came from
whether we can use the guns.
Let reaction understand that this is a People’s
therefore when they speak of our army they should not just look at our
revolutionary Comrades in green, the revolutionary army or the militia,
they should look at all of the people before them because these people
Not all of our people are our people in uniform, but
all of our
people are the eyes, the ears, the conscience, the spirit of the
the vast majority will fight and die for the Revolution.
As a people we recognise today the historic duty that
Daniel Ortega and Comrade Michael Manley have been speaking about, our
express our firmest solidarity and support with oppressed humanity.
This is why we are so happy today to have with us the
representative of a people who have borne the greatest sacrifices over
three decades, the representative of a people who were forcibly thrown
their homeland, the representative of a people whose cause is so
so noble that without a solution to their problem, there could never be
guarantee of world peace.
We welcome today in free and revolutionary Grenada the
Palestinian Liberation Organisation and the people of Palestine.
We also welcome to our country, Comrades, and are happy
to do so,
and are honoured to do so, representatives from a people whose country
the blood of its own citizens for money, representatives of a people
so-called government allows children to be sold for $20 and $25 (United
currency), a dictatorship that is an insult and a shame to the region;
welcome today and we pledge our firmest support with the Liberation
and the people of Haiti who are fighting against the Duvalier
Our Government was the second in the Western Hemisphere
recognise a particular Liberation Movement which has now established
Republic and today is still engaged in a bloody war against Morocco
supported as usual by the forces of imperialism.
But we are confident that the Liberation Movement and
Republic that they have established will undoubtedly go forward to
their national liberation.
Today we are happy to welcome with us representatives
that is fighting in Western Sahara for the liberation of their country.
No atrocity, no atrocity in the history of the
the history of the gunboats and the Marines and the invasions and
destabilisation of this region, no atrocity was more deeply felt by the
of the entire region, than the atrocity which occurred on September 11,
when that great patriot and martyr, Salvador Allende of Chile, was
Today we are also happy to welcome in Free Grenada the
representatives of the people of Chile who are still fighting against
in their homeland.
We express our continuing solidarity with the people of
their just struggle for independence with territorial security.
Theirs is another struggle we have supported in the
past and will
continue to support.
We express our firm solidarity and support for the
Panama as they continue their struggle to reclaim all of their national
territory; with the people of Cuba in their just struggle to reclaim
Guantánamo; with the people of Puerto Rico in their fight for
their fight against the presence of military bases on their soil and in
fight to end the nightmarish misuse of Vieques island on which military
experiments are being conducted—our fullest support to our Puerto Rican
We also want to warmly welcome and pay tribute to the
representatives of the government and people of Guyana.
We place on the record that Guyana was the 2nd
on the 13th March, 1979 that responded to our call for assistance and
solidarity, and was the first country to give us material
critical military assistance—in the first weeks of the Revolution.
The people of Guyana can always rely on the solidarity
support of our Revolution.
To the brother people of Democratic Yemen and of North
are struggling for the peaceful unification of their countries, we also
our support with them in their struggle.
To the countries of the Middle East that are
today, the brother peoples of Libya, Syria, Algeria, Iraq who have
much to the Grenada Revolution and have done so unselfishly, with no
attached, with no laying down of unreasonable conditions but
own debt to humanity and recognising the contribution that they must
countries attempting to build revolutionary processes; the brother
these countries have given gifts in the past few weeks amounting to
$27 million E.C. to the people of Grenada and we thank them for it.
Right here in our own region, we must also thank
oil-producing country for the unselfish assistance which they have
given to us.
We warmly welcome to free Grenada the representatives
Venezuela, including the Ambassador designate from Venezuela to
look forward to working closely with them in the interests of the
people of the
We thank to the countries that make up the European
Community—the nine member countries—for their continuing assistance to
people of Grenada.
We believe that theirs is an example that is worth
any country that believes that aid or assistance or cooperation is
that must always be ties to the demand that their exploitation be
allowed to continue.
We believe that it is a great example to them to
these countries—the nine member countries of the European Economic
Community—have continued to assist the people of Grenada in the same
way as before, and we want to welcome those of them who are here and to
them for their assistance.
Another country that has, like the countries of the
Economic Community (EEC), continued to maintain a principled
our Government has been Canada.
We deeply appreciate their continued assistance to our
and today are very happy to extend a warm welcome to their
Finally, our brother people of Cuba, the people and the
government that have stood by us over the entire period of the last
months, and have given medical assistance, assistance with our
assistance with our productive sector in fisheries, assistance with our
international airport project, we of Free Grenada salute once again the
revolutionary people of Cuba.
We salute the living legend, their great and
Comrade Fidel Castro.
Comrades, for the decade of the 1980’s as a country, as
and as a Revolution, we must today pledge to all of our guests from
that we in Free Grenada will never compromise principle, that we will
with all peoples in all parts of the world that are being oppressed,
regardless of the consequences, those struggling for their freedom, for
independence, for their national liberation will always be able to
count on us
in Grenada as their faithful friends and allies because of our
see the world revolutionary process go forward.
As a people, our greatest regret—and we must move
correct that—our greatest regret must be that our contribution to
exploited humanity to date has been so small, and we must work hard to
sure that as soon as possible, we too in Free Grenada will reach the
where we can truly begin to repay our debt to humanity and begin in a
way to ensure that other oppressed peoples and other revolutions move
Long live he friendship of Grenada and Jamaica!
Long live the friendship of Grenada and Cuba!
Long live the friendship between Grenada and Nicaragua!
Long live the friendship between Grenada and Guyana!
Long live the friendship between Grenada and St. Lucia!
Long live the friendship between Grenada and the people
Long live the friendship between Grenada and other
Long live the friendship between Grenada and Libya,
Long live the friendship between Grenada and Vietnam!
Long live the friendship between Grenada and the people
Long live the friendship between Grenada and the
Long live the friendship between Grenada and the
All power and glory to the working people of the world!
Forward ever! Backward never!