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posted 22 Apr 2015, 15:35 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 22 Apr 2015, 15:39 ]

I have no problems with Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration Roger Samuel calling some of the former Black Power detainees, heroes. 

However, I have a big problem with the government that he represents for threatening Ancel Roget, the President General of the OWTU with legal action.  Celebrating Black Power while trying to destroy the OWTU is a contradiction!

George Weekes, President General of Oilfields Workers Trade Union detained in 1970.

The OWTU was central to the Black Power Movement. The OWTU bore the brunt of the government’s onslaught against the union when it raided Paramount Building, took away union records and detained several of its members, including George Weekes. I also have a big problem with folks like Daaga, Kambon and the rest of “sellouts” who remain silent rather than come to the defense of the OWTU.

The OWTU became a refuge for many of them when they were in the

Winston Leonard, Education Officer of OIlfields Workers Trade Union, detained in 1970.

political wilderness. The OWTU gave them jobs and all types of financial assistance.  Now that they are “eat ah government food and drink ah government juice”, these so-called Black Power heroes have refused to come to Roget’s defense. 

These Black Power heroes are content to live on nostalgia while the working class and working people are suffering under a government that subscribes to IMF policies that NJAC once challenged. They are no longer challenging the IMF because they have sold their souls for positions like “Ambassador Plenipotentiary.”

Today they are being called heroes by the representatives of the ruling class who have “smashed their brains in” with the Neo-liberal baton. Today they are being celebrated by the representatives of the ruling class who violently destroyed the movement. Today they are being celebrated by the representatives of the ruling class who want to destroy the OWTU in particular, and the trade union movement in general.