Your Excellency Sir Paul Scoon, governor general of
Comrades of the Central Committee of the [New Jewel
party and members of the People’s Revolutionary Government;
Beloved sisters and brothers;
Comrades all of free Grenada;
In the name, comrades, in the name of our free people,
name of our revolution I welcome all of our guests to free Grenada on
occasion of the second anniversary of our glorious and popular people’s
We are very happy today, comrades, to have so many
all different parts of the world, to share this occasion once again
We are particularly happy today to have with us again
as we have
always had on critical occasions very high, very distinguished
from the government and people of revolutionary Cuba.
We are also happy today, comrades, to have with us
representatives from another country with which we have developed very
very fraternal ties over the past two years—the government and people
Comrades, today, too, we have with us some people
countries several hundred miles away, people who have had to travel in
two cases for days before they could reach our country, some of these
who have sent high–ranking ministers to be here with us on this
occasion of our
I ask you therefore to welcome to our country a
minister from the
government and people of the Republic of Iraq, a country with which we
been developing very, very close and fraternal ties.
We also have with us ministers from fraternal
ministers from friendly governments right here in the region; we have
with us a
man who has been here on several occasions, a comrade whom the people
Grenada have gotten to know very well.
We are very happy today also to welcome to Grenada as
representative of his government, Comrade George Odlum, of St. Lucia.
And from the government and people
of Guyana, has come a minister, a man who is
now the minister of national development; I ask you, too, to give a
welcome to Comrade Robert Corbin.
And finally from the region, from a country that we
expressing consistent and firm support for, that we have been
total solidarity over the years with their struggle I ask you to
comrades, the member of Parliament and the deputy speaker of the House
Parliament, I ask you to welcome the comrade , Comrade Castillo from
government and people of Belize.
But most of all sisters and brothers, comrades, most of
in the fact of attempts to set back our process from time to time, in
of attempts to step up the propaganda, to step up the destabilisation
are particularly happy for us to see before us so many people of free
assembled in their thousands in this park.
The members of our armed forces, the members of our
uniform, coming from the People’s Revolutionary Army, coming from the
coming from the Police Service, coming from the Revolutionary Cadets,
from the Grenada Prison Service, coming from the women in uniform,
today it is
very happy day to see so many of our members of our revolutionary armed
assembled here with the people of free Grenada.
As we meet today for the second anniversary, we do so
at a time
of great crisis in the world, a time of deep international industrial
particularly in the Western world, we do so at a time, comrades, when
of people in the industrialized Western world are roaming the streets
for work, when all official figures have estimated that perhaps over 14
people are out of work, a time when people are making comparisons with
periods of the 1920s and 1930s—the period of the great depressions.
A time in the world, sisters and brothers, when we are
daily runaway inflation, a time in the world when we are seeing a
the balance of trade for developing countries, a time in the world when
is daily deterioration of the conditions of the rural poor of the
countries of the world, a time in fact when in some countries
actually on the increase, when malnutrition and hunger are actually on
increase, when disease is actually on the increase, a time when it has
estimated that soon there is perhaps going to be over 500 million
every night are going to bed hungry, with nothing to put into their
A time when the United Nations has estimated that this
crisis in food production will get even worse unless resources are set
now to begin to deal with this critical problem, a time, sisters and
when there is a serious worldwide environmental decay, when industrial
is affecting the air, is affecting the water, is affecting the land,
because some in the pursuit of dollars are doing this indiscriminately
any regard for the health and welfare of the poor people of the world.
This period that we are witnessing, comrades, is so bad
August last year  a special General Assembly of the United
convened and at this special General Assembly, which was virtually
some of the developed market economy countries, the conclusion was
there is going to be, there is going to continue to be, hard resistance
interest of the countries of the developing world, the countries of the
so–called Third World.
The conclusion is also reached that the developing
not expect any justice or any serious cooperation from the major
Western countries around the world.
This crisis has become so bad that probably before the
this year a special General Assembly of the Organisation of American
[OAS] is going to be held to examine areas and to structure forms of
cooperation for development in energy, in food production, in small
development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The present crisis in the world, sisters and brothers,
is so bad
that the richest country in the world has taken the decision to close
hospitals, to close down even schools, to cut back on food stamps that
the poor people, to cut back on medical assistance for the poor people,
back on subsidies to help the poorest farmers to stay in production, to
back on students’ loans and grants that will assist the poorer students
receiving university education, to cut back in fact on eighty–three
people’s programs, including programs that will benefit handicapped
This crisis is so bad that this country has decided to
factories to close, to allow their people to roam the streets in their
millions, daily being added to by thousands more looking for jobs that
Comrades, this economic crisis that these countries are
has had a severe effect on our own country and economy.
Because our country and other countries like ours that
to these larger countries in a structural way, our economies are
their economy, then their economies run into trouble, ours also feel
effects of that trouble.
When they sneeze we in the Third World catch the cold,
run into problems we are the ones who feel it even more than their own
If it is so tough and difficult and hard for even the
countries in the world, then imagine the difficulties that the smallest
poorest of countries must have to undergo.
And, comrades, we have to ask ourselves the question,
that if it
is so difficult for these countries that how is progress going to be
for the poor and small countries of the world?
We believe in Grenada what it is possible, even in the
these difficulties, for progress nonetheless to be made, that it is
for our country to continue to move forward even in the face of these
We believe that there are ways of achieving these
First and foremost, we believe in the need for honesty
people, we believe it is important to always too the people the truth,
always give the people the facts even when they are hard facts, to
the people into a false sense of security, to never deceive the people,
never made them believe that by some miracle suddenly things are going
improve without greater efforts and greater sacrifice and greater
our part; to be honest with the people, tell the people the facts, get
people to know the real truth of the situation.
The second formula that we believe could be important
is the need
to adopt our conscious policy to put people at the center, put the
the focus, of all of the activities of the government, the state, and
To always aim to involved the people, to always aim to
people to participate, to always aim to mobilize the people, to always
deepen the unity of the people because a people that is mobilized is a
that is ready to face the future.
The third formula is that we see it as essential that
situation as difficult as this one that we take an approach to economic
development and we take an approach to building our country that
basic need of our people—an approach that looks inward to the problems
country and not an approach that looks outward to the need of other
countries that are already richer than our own.
We say it is possible that even with limited resources,
limited capital formation, even with a limited population, it is
nonetheless to go forward and to bring benefits to the people if these
approaches are adopted.
Because while some people are closing hospitals, we are
new hospitals, we have already built a new eye hospital that now means
people can receive attention to their eyes right here in our own
longer having to go abroad.
While some are cutting back on hospital care, we are
these facilities for our people; we have built a new maternity clinic;
built for the first time in the history of our country a new intensive
we have added to the casualty department facilities; we have added to
facilities; we have built a new operating theater in the hospital; we
moved our country from one dental clinic before the revolution to seven
clinics today after the revolution.
While others are cutting back on medical care and
the poor in their countries, we have moved instead to double the number
doctors who are available to add to the quantity and quality of health
We have moved to triple the number of dentists in our
after 350 years, free medical attention for all of our people in all
While others are choosing to close schools, we are
build new schools, and in fact over the past year we have opened a new
secondary school names after one of the martyrs of our revolution—the
Bernadette Bailey Secondary School.
And if this sounds like a small achievement, sisters
brothers, I want to remind you that after 350 years of British
twenty–nine  years of Gairyism only one single secondary school was
built in our country out of public funds—one secondary school after 379
but in the first year of the revolution already a second secondary
been built for the people of our country.
While others, sisters and brothers, are cutting
cutting grants to their students, we are looking to expand on these
for our people.
We are now providing in our primary schools a free milk
subsidized meal system for all of the children in the primary schools
in need of this attention; we have moved to the point where we have
doubled the number of scholarships from primary to secondary schools so
the children of our country, more of them, are aided to receive a
education free of cost; we have moved to the stage where, coming out of
last year of Gairy, only three people got university scholarships to
abroad, in the first year of the revolution 109 Grenadian students left
away to study at universities abroad.
We have moved to the stage where several months from
and brothers, secondary education in our country will be entirely free
for all of the children of free Grenada.
While some are looking to cut out the assistance to the
their country through cutting back on welfare programs, we are aiming
increase that kind of assistance for our people.
We are aiming to keep down the cost of living; that is
have been able over the past year to keep the price of sugar at
cents per pound, while it is selling in neighbouring
islands at $1.22 and upwards a pound, because we are concerned that the
have their sugar and have it at the cheapest possible cost that they
to get it.
We in free Grenada, comrades, have been moving to
assistance we can provide to the farmers of our country through
fertilizer, through more plants, through more seeds, through greater
extension services, through the establishment of a common machinery
We have looked at the problem of the poorest of the
our country and recognise that for these workers one of the biggest
has been the rising cost of materials to repair their houses, and
have established a housing repair program for the poorest workers in
country, under which they have over ten years to repay the loan.
They pay back only two–thirds of the total amount, they
interest at all, and they only pay the sum of $5 a month back towards
of the materials they have received to repair their houses.
The approach of the government has been to try to get
results out of a minimum expenditure of dollars.
We always start off from the premise that money will
available and, looking from that starting point, we move to the
seeing in what ways we can mobilize our people, in what ways we can
them to help to cut back on waste, to help to cutback on corruption, to
cut back on inefficiency, to help to increase production through their
That is one reason why Commander of the Revolution
Austin, the head of the People’s Revolutionary Army, has given a
the comrades in the PRG that this year the army must feed itself, that
year the army must grow its own food, must develop its own pork, must
its own poultry, so that the people of our country through their taxes
have to meet this burden.
This is also why, comrades,
the way in which the revolution approaches this primary question
defending this country is not just to rely on those comrades who are in
professional army, who are in the professional section of the armed
instead to seek to build a part–time army based on the people who work
voluntarily, who work without cost, who work because of their sense of
patriotism, because of their consciousness, because of their
the revolution is theirs and they must defend their own revolution.
The approach of the revolution is also to make a
attempt to transform the economy that we have inherited, to seek to
dependence on outside forces, to lay the basis for planned and
For this reason dreams and mysticism and lack of
lack of statistics are replaced now by a Ministry of Planning that
a ministry of serious and committed technocrats who understand the
of building that mechanism in order to achieve the necessary economic
That is also why, sisters and brothers, we have decided
laid great stress on the need for us to ensure that the productive
our country begins to pay for itself in a serious way; that was the
declaring 1980 the Year of Education and Production, that is the reason
declaring this year, 1981, the Year of Agriculture and Agro–Industries.
That is why in agriculture we have spent so much time
making sure that more seeds, that more plants, that more fertilizer,
extension services, that new crops, that agricultural equipment, that
markets are sought after, so that the farmers in our country will be
receive a better price for what they are producing.
That is also why in the areas of agro–industry we have
establish the coffee processing plant out in Telescope, have moved to
the agro–industrial plant down in True Blue, that now produces juices,
produces different condiments.
That is also why a new Ministry of Fisheries and
under Comrade Kenrick Radix has been created so as to ensure that even
time and more attention is given to pushing production in this year
That is also why, sisters and brothers, in the area of
the Hotel Training School has been established; additional plans have
created in the state sector; more tours from abroad have been organised
bring more and more guests to Grenada.
More promotion is being undertaken and discussions are
ahead full speed to see about the immediate construction of new hotels
to the size of our existing plant.
That is also why in the area of fisheries, we have now
establish the first fish and fish products processing plant in True
is why for the first time in our country today it is now possible to
entirely locally produced and locally salted salt–fish.
That is why we have been moving to get hold of more
and better fishing boats and to train our fishermen in more modern
of catching the fish, and thereafter in processing what they have
of this is aimed at ensuring that the productive sector in fact
Further we believe too, comrades, that progress can
be made notwithstanding the difficulties in a situation where we
struggle as a people for the new international economic order, continue
struggle for better prices for what we produce, continue to look for
markets for what we produce, continue to struggle to have science and
technology transferred to the poorer developing countries around the
We believe too that in order to keep that progress
moving that it
can be done through developing closer relations among countries that
developing—to continue to develop what is called South to South
ensure that we talk to each other and look to find ways of helping each
That is why one of the most important aspects of our
with revolutionary Cuba is the area of economic cooperation and
That is why, as part of this dialogue between
countries, revolutionary Cuba has been able to come to our assistance,
us to construct an international airport, to lend us their doctors, to
their internationalist workers, to lend us their fishermen, to help us
Revolutionary Cuban can undertake that kind of
they understand themselves from their own history the meaning of true
That is one of the things that reaction understands
relationship between Grenada and Cuba—they understand that this
means that the economic development of our country will be pushed even
And they understand, too, that that means that this
will help us
to break our dependence on their market and their economies, and that
they are also so concerned to break those links and bonds of friendship
our two countries.
But today again we say what we have always said—that
solidarity, the friendship, the depth of feelings, the unity, the
the anti–imperialist militancy that keeps us together can never, ever
broken: these bonds between free Grenada and revolutionary Cuba.
As part of this South to South cooperation, comrades,
also developed very great working relations with another country in
region—the country of Venezuela—and with that country we have in fact
to develop some good bilateral programs that have sought to advance the
of friendship between our two countries.
We have also been able to develop that kind of relation
government and people of Nicaragua.
That might sound like a strange statement, that
country like our own, a country at this stage in a period of national
reconstruction—it might sound strange that areas of cooperation on the
front are possible.
But I must tell you, comrades, that we in free Grenada,
contribution to the cause of the Nicaraguan literacy campaign, sent two
our very own Grenadian teachers on an internationalist assignment to
people of Nicaragua to learn to read and to write.
Even more importantly, but again showing what is
developing countries themselves even when they are also just struggling
starting off, I must tell you that only last week the government of
sent us a gift that has been of tremendous importance—a gift that has
that the militia comrades on duty today are able to have new uniforms,
came as a gift from the Sandinistas and the junta of Nicaragua.
In that area too, of South to South cooperation and
have developed excellent working relations and excellent cooperation
governments and people of several countries in the Middle East.
From the government of Iraq, we have received
financial assistance both by way of gifts and soft loans, and our
and people place on record our appreciation of this internationalist
Similarly, we have received tremendous assistance from
government and people of Algeria, and I ask the representative of that
government to convey our fraternal appreciation.
Such assistance has also come from the government and
Libya and the government and people of Syria.
In Africa likewise, among developing countries on that
we have received significant assistance from the governments of
Kenya, and that again is an example of what can be done if we try to
Comrades, if we are going to continue to move forward,
if we are
going to try to continue to make more progress in the face of these
difficulties, the truth of the matter is, we are going to have to work
thousand times harder in the future.
The truth of the matter is, things are going to get
difficult, not less difficult.
The truth of the matter is, we are going to find that
dangerous period that we are living in is going to act as a fetter and
hindrance and an obstacle, trying to hold back our possibility for
Today we live in a time of tremendous danger to world
The economic crisis we are seeing reminds us very much
economic crisis of the thirties, in the period of the Great Depression,
was followed very quickly by World War II.
This new economic crisis, this new period of
tension and instability, this new round of arms build–up, this new
psychological preparation and propaganda for war, is extremely
dangerous tot he
survival of our country, the survival of peace in the region and peace
One estimate has it that the present amount that is
on arms expenditure in the world is U.S.$450 billion.
U.S.$450 billion is equal to EC$1200 billion.
I am not saying, comrades, EC$1200 thousand, nor am I
EC$1200 million, I am saying EC$1200 billion being spent on building
If you can just think, sisters and brothers, of what
billion can do for the hungry of the world, for illiterates of the
those in the world who cannot get jobs, for those in the world who are
homeless; if you can think of EC$1200 billion imagine what that can do
overnight to solve these problems.
To give you an example, EC$1200 billion can build 60
houses in True Blue complete with living room, with veranda, with
The two–bedroom houses of that kind—with EC$1200
billion we could
build 60 million such houses.
And remember the entire population of the CARICOM
region is only
5 million people; in other words 60 million houses could e spread to a
substantial section of the world.
If you look at those figures another way, if we had
billion to spend and if we continued to spend at the rate we are
this year’s recurrent budget, using that figure of the 1981 recurrent
it would mean we would have enough money for 17,143 years to come.
For 17,143 more years we could have enough money—that
amount of money that has to be spent on this area.
And when you consider that war benefits no one, that
war is not
in the interests of everybody, that war could never help us solve the
burning problems in the world—the problems of hunger, of poverty, of
injustice—when you consider today, sisters and brothers, that even food
being used as a tactical weapon, that some people are threatening to
on food assistance for developing countries in order to force those
into submission, it tells you the danger, it tells you the callousness
present period that we are facing.
And we have observed further that some people have
again to talk about dangerous new concepts, to develop dangerous new
will certainly do harm to the peace of the world.
Some people are talking about international terrorism,
may speak of international terrorism; what they are doing is that they
removing the human rights doctrine, what they are doing is that they
conveniently finding a way of no longer having to attack South Africa
or Chile or
What they are doing by this concept of internal
terrorism is that
they are trying to lump together the socialist countries, the
countries, the national liberation movement, the progressive countries
Third World, to try to pull all of these countries together to try to
the freedom fighters against apartheid in Namibia and South Africa, as
international terrorists and in that way to psychologically prepare
people for action to be taken against these freedom fighters.
What they are doing by the use of this label is that
finding a way of blaming countries like Cuba, like Nicaragua, like
like Zimbabwe, like Grenada, a way to blame all our countries for their
economic difficulties, to argue that those countries that are now
build their own countries, to develop their own resources, by their
they are holding back the possibility of economic development for them
that way are causing the problems of unemployment, the problems of
social services, and all the other deep problems that their economies
It is a very, very dangerous concept, comrades, and
is also being linked to another concept.
This concept is the one called linkage, where some
the world are saying that if something happens in one part of the world
they are not in favor of, then they have the right to take retaliatory
in a different part of the world.
That is something happens somewhere else and they don’t
then they could come down here and, using that as an excuse, attempt to
intervene, attempt to attack our countries and other countries like
Some of these people are today saying that the people
do not have the right to their own Panama Canal, are saying that the
Canal belongs to them, that the people of Panama sold it to them and
they have lost their right to it.
In this way they are even willing to forget treaty
which their own country entered into.
Some of these people, looking at the situation in El
are trying to pretend that in El Salvador it is a case of the vast
the people of El Salvador fighting against a tyrannical junta backed up
military apparatus that is receiving military assistance from other
Some of these people are looking to deny even the
a political situation for the people of El Salvador, are looking to
people of El Salvador the right to work out their own problem, the
work out their own difficulties, the right to reach a result inside of
own country without having to be propped up, without having to be
any external force.
But we have no doubt at all that the people of El
because their unity is there, because they understand the meaning of
for their freedom, we have no doubt and we give our fullest support to
people as we know soon that the people of El Salvador will win an
Some of these countries, some of these people, seem to
that we have no rights whatsoever.
They speak in terms of the fact that our country is
next to the
oil routes and the oil lanes that carry their oil, they speak in terms
foreign investments in the region, they speak in terms of the domino
that where there is one revolution other revolutions will come.
In speaking of these things, they seem to feel that
expect us to lift up our country and put it in a different location if
find some way of facilitating their oil routes; like if we must roll
pretend that the land, that the resources, that the people in this
not the common property of all of us, the people of Grenada; like if
us to pretend that we must abandon all our principles, all of our
we must roll over, that we must say that we are sorry, that we must
an ostrich and cover our heads in the sand and don’t continue to stand
our rights, don’t continue to problems our sovereignty, don’t continue
proclaim our independence and the rights of our people to build our own
resources in our own interest and for our own benefit.
They seem to expect that these things are part of what
We cannot and we do not, and we will never be able to
these imperatives and these demands.
We feel that the only way forward for our people and
is for us to continue with the mobilization of our people, for us to
even further the people’s grassroots democracy and their grassroots
where on a daily basis, when in a relevant way, where in a concrete way
people through their community work brigades, through their community
councils, through their Centre for Popular Education [CPE] groups,
their mass organisations, their National Youth Organisation [NYO],
National Women’s Organisation [NWO], their Pioneers Organisations,
Development Committees [ADC], through the growing and deepening of the
union movement, through the further involvement of our people in
in learning about the economy, in helping themselves to run the
applying the no–secret rule, where the people in any particular state
enterprise are entitled to know all the facts, are entitled to know all
problems, are entitled to know all of the projections, are entitled to
whenever difficulties arise, are entitled at the end of the year to
share in the profits that come out from the enterprise.
We feel strongly that our people must know, our people
our people must be involved, our people must definitely have a large
continuing to build our revolution and push it forward.
We feel also, comrades, an urgent need to deepen
political consciousness of our people, to get them to understand even
realities of the world, the realities of the economy, the realities of
danger of the times we are now living in.
We feel the need to get our people to be involved more
in productive activity, to ensure that our slogan for the year, the
Agriculture and Agro–Industries, is successful, to ensure that the
capacity of the country continues to go forward even more and at an
In going forward for the future too, we certainly will
to promote the cause of peace, we certainly will continue to promote
of disarmament, of détente, of the resumption of the SALT II talks, we
continue to fight to get the Caribbean Sea recognised in practice as a
Zone of Peace,
we will continue to push for that concept in all international and
in which we have a voice.
We will continue to urge that no nuclear weapons should
introduced in our region, that all aggressive military manoeuvers
ended in our region, that all foreign military basis should be
our region when the people of the county do not want them, that
our region should be brought to an end.
We will continue to urge that machinery should be set
up to deal
with all forms of aggressions, to deal with the threats of
deal with the threats of mercenary invasions, to deal with the threats
propaganda and other forms of interventions, to deal with the varying
diplomatic and economic aggression, which is waged against small
We will certainly continue to struggle to see an end to
aerial spy flights that have been almost nightly going across our
end to the military manoeuvers of an aggressive character aimed against
country, in nearby territories, an end to economy piracy that has been
place through some large fishing trawlers that have been coming and
our fish resources out of our seas.
We will continue, comrades, to struggle for peaceful
for noninterference in each other’s internal affairs, for the fight to
equality, for the right to mutual respect, for sovereignty, for our
build our own process in our own way, for our right to have ideological
pluralism, for our right to develop economic cooperation with all the
in the world that we choose to develop such relations with, for our
strengthen our links with social democracy worldwide, to strengthen our
with friendly countries in Western Europe, in Africa, in Asia, in Latin
America, in North America, and particularly of course with our friends
We will struggle for this right. We will struggle to
message across and understood: that our country has no reason to want
enemies with anybody; that our country has no reason to want hostility
country; that what we want is not enemies; that how we see ourselves is
small country, but a small country that understands our rights and is
to struggle for our rights, and is willing to defend our rights to have
rights, that is how we see ourselves.
There is absolutely no reason at all for us to want to
hostile relations with our powerful neighbour to the north; there are
Grenadians living in that country than perhaps the entire population of
Grenada; there are more of their tourists who come to our country every
than the whole population of Grenada.
In terms of trade, in terms of economic cooperation,
must prefer to have good relations.
Obviously, we must prefer to be able to live in
complete security and a feeling of no tension and no instability.
But what has to be clearly understood—and this,
clearly, is where
the problem is—is that on no account and under any circumstances are we
to accept that anyone must tell us that we must trade our principles,
must sell our beliefs, that we must change our objectives, that we must
longer try to build our own country in our own way and free from all
pressure and domination from outside.
We could never accept these statements from anyone.
And therefore, the kind of relations that are
relations that we certainly hope to see built, that we believe we have
with the nine member countries of the European Economic Community
our friend to the north, the Canadians, with other members of the world
community, the Middle East countries, African countries, Latin American
countries, Caribbean countries—we see no reason why, if such relations
built with our country, coming from all different perspectives and
there should be any great problem in being able to in fact develop
relations with other countries that right now continue to treat us in a
As we close today, sisters and brothers, comrades, I
leave the message to those here, and to those abroad who doubt our
will suspect that we have plans against them, that we do not want any
with any country in the region.
We do not want any quarrel with any bigger countries
developed their own system, once we are allowed to develop our own
our country, we do not have any plans or intentions of interfering in
people’s countries and their affairs; all we want is the right to live
The right to develop our resources, the right to build
economy, the right to have a productive life for our people.
The right to develop relations with those with whom we
The right to be free of tension, of fear of
mercenary aggression, of terrorist activities.
To our friends with us here today, we want to say that
appreciate your past support and solidarity, that we appreciate the
you have formed; we ask you to form even more friendship organisations
expand your membership even further in those that now exist in
Canada, and England.
We appreciate the past material support you have given
We ask you to continue that support.
We ask our people who are living abroad and our friends
living abroad that they can make a contribution to our economic
through, for example, saving some of their money in our National
Through getting involved in purchasing our
Bonds and other concrete and practical ways like that.
To be of further assistance to our revolutionary
process, we ask
you to continue to beat back the adverse and negative propaganda when
We ask you to help us to achieve one of our slogans,
that says “Come and see for yourself.”
Do not let others tell you about free Grenada.
Come see it for yourself.
When you get back home, encourage your friends,
encourage your families,
to come see for themselves, to see our people, to see what we are
trying to do
with our country.
We ask you to be vigilant abroad, to help us expose any
and to organise protests against any attempts at economic sabotage of
revolution, at destabilisation, at attempts at bringing isolation and
at attempts at intervention in different forms.
To those countries that have supported us, and are
still, we certainly value very highly the cooperation and the and of
you have extended.
We believe that progress is indivisible, we believe
is one and the same, we believe we all have a duty to help each other,
develop our countries, to ensure that in this way all of the world’s
will be able to have the fullest and happiest life possible.
To the people of free Grenada, we say again we are
proud of you,
the people of our country.
We are proud of your unity, we are proud of your
are proud of your courage of your deep commitment, of your character,
We are proud of your beauty, of your warmth, of your
your determination to go forward.
We say to the people of free and revolutionary Grenada
have always said:
An organised, conscious, united, and vigilant people
can never be
Long live the people of free Grenada!
Long live the ties of world peace!
Long live the friendship between Grenada and Cuba,
Long live the struggle of the people of El Salvador,
of the people of Namibia and South Africa!
Long live the struggle of our brothers and sisters in
Long live the struggle of the Palestinian people!
Long live the struggle of our Caribbean sisters and
St. Lucia, of Suriname, of Belize, of Guyana!
Long live the struggle of our sisters and brothers in
Mozambique, in Ethiopia, in Zambia!
Long live the struggle of our sisters and brothers in
Western Europe, in the Middle East, in the socialist world, in the
Soviet Socialist Republics, in Bulgaria, in Hungary, in the German
Republic, in Vietnam, in Poland, in the Democratic People’s Republic of
Long live the progressive people of the world!
Long live our brothers and sisters sharing blood ties
with us in
the United States, in Canada, in England!
Long live democratic and progressive forces in those
Long live the Grenada Friendship Solidarity Committee!
Long live the women in the Caribbean struggling for
Long live the National Conference of Black Lawyers!
Long live the World Federation of Democratic Youth and
Long live the armed forces of our country!
Long live the workers of our country!
Long live the farmers of our country!
Long live the youths of our country!
Long live the women of our country!
Long live the fighting people of free Grenada!
Long live the Grenada Revolution!
Forward ever, backward never!
Forward ever, backward never!
Forward ever, backward never!
Forward ever, backward never!