Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2022. 6:28 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: With the ‘remove the queen movement’ gaining ground in the Caribbean particularly after the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, to the Caribbean, it’s not a surprise to daily hear of another person voicing their opinion on the matter.
In St Lucia, human Rights advocate Mary Francis, has joined the bandwagon.
The St. Lucia Times says Francis, who describes herself as a staunch advocate for reparations from Europe for Slavery and Native Genocide, is calling on the Government of Saint Lucia to remove Queen Elizabeth as the country’s Head of State.
Francis, who is an Attorney at Law also said that as a republican she wants St. Lucia to get rid of the Queen as Head of State.
“I have been a Republican all my life I don’t believe in this monarchical system,” Francis declared.
“I am a staunch advocate for reparations because it is a question of justice and human rights,” Francis, who is the coordinator for the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights in St Lucia, told St Lucia Times.
“In slavery people were dehumanised. They were considered property and exploited economically. It has been labelled a crime against humanity.”
“Therefore there must be reparations to ensure that we would be compensated for what our ancestors suffered. The development of the region was affected by slavery and exploitation so we need assistance through reparations to recover and build our economies.”
Francis comments follow the three-country royal visit that took Prince William and Kate Middleton to Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas and which was marred by protests and calls for reparations and the Queen’s removal.
The St. Lucia Times quoted Francis saying the protests were ironic.
“Ironically, we are pressing for reparations one way, but we retain Her Majesty in the form of the Governor-General as our Head of State. Reparations yes, but in the case of Saint Lucia, the broader picture for me is that we have the Queen’s representative in our constitution,” Francis said.
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