Document: Radio 4 - Ken Puddicombe - Cheddi Jagan -
121,041. British Guiana 1963: Independence was looming for the South American colony … This document appears to show that the British government was setting out to deliberately scupper its own conference. Document: 30/08/2010: BBC Radio 4
121,042. In April came a general strike. It lasted for 80 days and paralysed the country. ibid.
121,043. It was the personal intervention of President John F Kennedy himself that finally sealed British Guiana’s fate. ibid.
121,044. A decade earlier Britain had sent in the gunboats. ibid.
121,045. To be honest, it’s a real relief to go to Canada where I can be among my relatives. Just the kind of break I need. Strange enough, when I’m there, I can’t wait to get back to Guyana. There’s something that’s always calling me back, something in the blood, I guess. Ken Puddicombe, Racing with the Rain, Father Martin to Carl Dias
121,046. Britain has handled us and the question of our independence, not in our interest but in hers … [We] have been part of a barter deal with the USA: part of the price paid for the US government’s defence of Empire interests. Cheddi Jagan
121,047. Successive US and UK governments have achieved their purposoe by force, fraud and rigged elections. Cheddi Jagan