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PM presses for reparations in Emancipation Day message

Published:Thursday | August 1, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has used her Emancipation Day message to press for reparations.

She noted that “our ancestors were not afraid to take tough decisions and neither should we”.

Simpson Miller says the Caribbean should explore all avenues related to reparations and is urging the descendants of former slave owners to do the right thing.

Simpson Miller also used her message to urge Jamaicans to unite around a common goal and to push for full liberation through economic emancipation and further social evolution.

Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, says it is the duty of Jamaicans to be eternally vigilant in guarding their freedom.

He says Jamaicans must never allow the society to be enslaved by foreign cultures and ideals.

According to him this new type of slavery shackles the mind, and traps us in behaviours and desires that subjugates us to corruption, immorality, even self hate.

The Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, has urged all Jamaicans to liberate their minds and strive for freedom from the shackles which delay progress as individuals and as a nation.

This year, Emancipation Day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Triumphant, Proud and Free’.


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