Jamaican Protesters Call for Colonialism Apology, Slavery Reparations from British Royal Family

Jamaican protesters demanded an apology for colonialism and slavery reparation payments from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Caribbean tour.

In an open letter for the British monarchy, a group called the Advocates Network Jamaica accused the Queen of perpetuating slavery and urged Prince William and Kate to atone for colonialism ahead of their arrival to the country as part of a week-long Caribbean trip.

“We see no reason to celebrate 70 years of the ascension of your grandmother to the British throne because her leadership, and that of her predecessors, has perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of humankind,” the group wrote as the country celebrates 60 years of independence.

“We are of the view that an apology for British crimes against humanity, including but not limited to, the exploitation of the indigenous people of Jamaica, the transatlantic trafficking of Africans, the enslavement of Africans, indenture ship and colonialization, is necessary to begin a process of healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and compensation,” the group further wrote.

The group, comprised of Jamaican politicians, business leaders, doctors, and musicians, also noted that William and Kate were “direct beneficiaries of the wealth accumulated by the Royal family over centuries, including that stemming from the trafficking and enslavement of Africans.”

William and Kate’s visit to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is seen as a charm offensive to strengthen the United Kingdom’s ties with Commonwealth countries, just four months after Barbados removed Queen Elizabeth as head of state and became a republic, though it is still part of the Commonwealth.

The Advocates Network Jamaica is expected to stage a protest outside the British High Commission in Kingston on March 24, the day the royal couple will arrive in the country.

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