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The official visit of Prince William and Catherine to Kingston, Jamaica, sparked demonstrations demanding the British monarchy apologize for its role in the slave trade in this former colony.

In the official meeting this Wednesday, which was rather a tense moment, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, warned William and Catherine that their nation is “moving forward” and intends to get rid of the monarchy, as did Barbados recently.

Holness later told the royal couple that while Jamaicans were “very, very happy” to welcome them, “there are issues here that, as you know, are unresolved.”

He added that his nation is “moving forward” and has “real ambitions” to become a independent, developed and prosperous country”. His comments followed his statement last year that there was “no doubt” his country would become a republic. Politicians are pushing for the move to take no more than two years and hope a referendum will be held before the end of 2022.

Between cheers and rejection

There was a mixed reaction from the Jamaican media to William and Catherine’s Caribbean tour, with TV stations and newspapers reporting ‘real pushback’, also ‘cheering and booing’ and protesters ‘taking a stand about the pain of slavery’.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in the Jamaican capital for a three-day stopover as part of a trip to the Caribbean in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

USA6314. KINGSTON (JAMAICA), 03/23/2022.- Prince William of England (ci), Duke of Cambridge, the Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (cd), the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine (r), and the wife of the Jamaican Prime Minister, Representative Juliet Holness (l), walk today during a meeting in Kingston (Jamaica). EFE/Rudolph Brown
Photo: Rudolf Brown

However, the demonstrators protested with banners outside the British High Commission before the arrival of the royal couple, to demand that the monarchy make monetary reparations and apologize for its role in the slave trade that brought thousands of Africans to the island. under inhumane conditions.

Among the protesters, Clement ‘Jawari’ Deslandes said it was a slap in the face for his ancestors that “a royal person would arrive with no concern or remorse in his heart.”

“They have this privilege of nobility… where they can walk around here and we have to put out a red carpet for them. Those days are over,” Deslandes claimed.

“I am here representing my ancestors, all of whom died in slavery and were killed by white oppression,” he said.

The royal visit comes in the middle of growing calls for Jamaica to follow the example of Barbadoss and become a republic and remove the head of state from the queen.

The couple canceled another phase of their visit to Belize at the start of their Caribbean tour due to complaints from indigenous communities, according to reports. (I)