The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Caribbean tour faces further protests with Jamaican activists accusing the queen and her predecessors of perpetuating slavery.
As the country celebrates its 60th anniversary, a coalition of Jamaican politicians, business leaders, doctors and musicians have called in an open letter for the British monarchy to pay reparations for slavery.
“We note with great concern your visit to our country, Jamaica, during a period when we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and preparing for the full impact of another global crisis associated with the war between Russia and Ukraine,” it says. the letter. according to a section quoted by The Independent’s racing correspondent Nadine White.
“We see no reason to celebrate 70 years since your grandmother’s accession to the British throne because her leadership, and that of her predecessors, has perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in human history.”
The group is believed to stage a protest outside the British High Commission in Kingston on Tuesday, and the royals will arrive in Jamaica that day, where they will stay until Thursday, when they leave for the Bahamas.
The apparent opposition in Jamaica comes after the tour began under controversial circumstances when opposition from Belizean villagers, who cited a number of issues including objections to the Cambridges’ helicopter landing site, forced a trip to be cancelled. real to a farm on Sunday.
It was replaced by a visit to a chocolate producer before the royals traveled to the cultural center of the Garifuna community in Hopkins.
On Monday, the Cambridges were due to visit impressive ancient Mayan ruins deep in the heart of Belize.
William and Kate will be given a tour of the site and will have the opportunity to visit Caana, or the sky palace, which remains the tallest man-made structure in Belize.
The Duke visited Belize as a teenager in 2000, when he reportedly learned jungle survival techniques from Welsh Guards who were receiving training from the British Army’s Training Support Unit as part of Exercise Native Trail.
William was starting a gap year before university at the time and while in the jungle, the then 18-year-old Duke learned the results of his A-level.
The last engagement of the day will see the couple attend a reception hosted by the Governor General of Belize at the Cahal Pech Mayan ruins near San Ignacio.
This special reception will be held in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum and William will give a speech.
During their first full day in Belize on Sunday, the couple toured a cocoa farm and danced during a cultural visit to a nearby town.