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Prince William and Kate greeted with protests in Jamaica

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They are usually greeted with jubilation around the world, but Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate now have to live with protests when they visit Jamaica. Protesters gathered in the capital Kingston on Tuesday to demand an apology from the British Crown for its role in the slave trade.

Hundreds of thousands of Africans were brought to Jamaica and exploited as slaves in what was then the British colony.

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William and Kate landed in Jamaica on Tuesday for a three-day visit. The visit to the island nation is part of an extended tour of the Caribbean by Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson and his wife to mark the Queen’s 70th birthday.

Among the protesters who rallied ahead of the couple’s arrival in Kingston, demanding compensation payments, among other things, was Clement “Jawari” Deslandes, who says he sees the royal visit as a slap in the face to his ancestors.

“They have this noble privilege that they can show up here and we’re supposed to roll out the red carpet for them. But those days are over.” (AFP)

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