Months after Barbados removed Queen Elizabeth of England as head of state, Jamaica is reported to be embarking on the same project after much speculations. A source in the Jamaican government has confirmed to Good Morning Britain that Jamaica will begin the process of removing Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state “as soon as” William and Kate have left.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Jamaica on March 22, as part of an eight-day Caribbean tour. However, they were greeted by a large demonstration outside the British High Commission protesting the visit in its entirety and calling for reparations for the slave trade, as well as an official apology.
“Removing the shackles of [Jamaica ’s] colonial past”
Ahead of the island nation’s 60th year of independence from Great Britain on the 6th of August; campaigners are intent on; “removing the shackles of [Jamaica’s] colonial past,”; with many in the country demanding both financial reparations and a formal apology from the monarchy.
According to The Independent, “a coalition of Jamaican politicians, business leaders, doctors and musicians”; are pressing for the country to formally sever ties with the monarchy and change the country’s status from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. The coalition has also sent an open letter to Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Backed by 100 figures from Jamaican business, politics, the clergy, and the arts; the Coalition Network also recently wrote an open letter to the crown which reads; “We will not participate in your Platinum Jubilee celebration! 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; have perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of humankind.
“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; indentureship and colonialization, is necessary to begin a process of healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and compensation.”