Sunday, 2 October 2016
ANOTHER LITTLE-KNOWN ACT OF KALINAGO (AMERINDIAN) HEROISM IN DOMINICA:
His Excellency Chief Charles Williams - current Chief of the Kalinago Tribal Nation of Dominica
During February 16th to March 16th 1987 when the then Kalinago Chief was Irvince Auguiste, and he was making the strongest calls for International Law recognized KALINAGO SOVEREIGN RIGHTS since the Great Chief Jolly John in 1930 (who led his people to rebellion against unjust British Colonial Police abuse after the murder of 2 Kalinago men and wounding of 2 others for conducting sovereign trade - as a Tribal Nation - with nearby French islands as they had been doing for centuries - which ended up with the Royal Navy warship HMS Delhi firing starburst explosive shells into Kalinago airspace and sending Marines British ashore (BECAUSE THE KALINAGOS HAD BEATEN THE COLONIAL POLICE AND CHASED THEM OFF THEIR TERRITORY) - that caused hundreds of women, children & elderly Kalinagos to flee into the jungle covered mountains for safety)...The then Prime Minister of Dominica, Dame Eugenia Charles (who vowed 'never to allow a state within her state') who was VERY HOSTILE to Carib calls for the Internationally legal & valid restoration of their Sovereign Rights...went into the Kalinago Territory in full force with 'Swat style armed Dominica non-indigenous police hidden in the flat beds of vehicles, to try to oust Chief Irvince Auguiste from power.....and current Kalinago Chief Charles Williams HEROICALLY drove his own vehicle the length & breath of the Kalinago Territory shouting to his fellow Kalinagos to "COME OUT AND STAND WITH YOUR CHIEF!" (meaning Chief Auguiste at the time)....the people heeded this call and turned out in their numbers standing in solidarity with Chief Auguiste...and Dominica's Prime Minister Eugenia Charles who had tried to gather all the Kalinagos at her chosen venue in order to publicly decry and depose Chief Auguiste...had to leave the Kalinago Territory in humiliation and DEFEAT...as NO Kalinagos attended her kangaroo Court.
Let us never forget our HEROES, those no longer with us - like Chief Jolly John, and those still with us like ex-Chief Irvince Auguiste and Chief Charles Williams. I am proud to say I know both of these latter leaders, and consider them both to be my personal friends.
THIS IS THE KIND OF ATTITUDE AND DISPLAY OF SOLIDARITY IN DEFIANCE OF ANY AND EVERY GOVERNMENT THAT OPPOSES THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL RIGHTS OF ALL INDIGENOUS TRIBAL NATIONS TO SELF DETERMINATION - WE NEED TO EMULATE AND REPLICATE - BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!