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Gilbert Swaso

Gilbert Swaso

Gilbert Swaso

Thursday, September 4, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The residents of Dangriga town are still fuming over what they call the “discriminatory” policy of First Caribbean International Bank branch in the municipality of not allowing Garifuna language to be spoken by employees in the institution’s public spaces.

That policy, according to residents extended even to bank customers who do business inside the bank.  Community leaders representing various Garifuna organizations, including the Town Council recently met and came up with a road-map for the way forward.

And it is clear that from a press release issued this afternoon that First Caribbean International Bank is persona non grata in Dangriga town.

In fact, the release says that “as a result of the bank’s continue arrogance, disrespect and discriminatory practices” a set of resolutions was formulated, including a move to get legal advice on “possible unfair labour practices, breach of Constitutional Right and discrimination by the bank.”

Mayor Gilbert Swaso is the focal point for the group of Garifuna Organizations, and in a telephone interview, he told Patrick Jones that it is time to step up the pressure on First Caribbean International Bank.


Mayor Swaso says that going forward, the various Garifuna organizations will “speak with one voice on all issues affecting the Garinagu in order to continue henceforth with an organized, well coordinated and protracted campaign to defend the rights of Garinagu.”

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