History will never be on your side!

When I heard the news about Tevin Andrews, the NDC Caretaker for Carriacou and Petite Martinique, I said to myself no to the return of political violence and the vandalism of private and public property in our country!

Political violence and vandalism of people’s private or public property have no room and place to return in our country. Our history it is riddled with such as history will show due to the political violence of the 1970s and 80s in which we had revolution and executions that led to invasion and serious divisions in our country.

And today because of all these things, we can see no signs of healing anytime soon.

The case of Tevin Andrews must be seen as a case of political vandalism to his private property, which is aimed at him directly and indirectly, because he is a political activist for the NDC.

When was the last time a political activist’s office and home were broken into and damage done to his appliances that send shockwaves throughout him to his very core?

According to a very confidential source the young man did not realise that being a political activist in his own country that such eventualities can happen to him or anyone after all that occurred on our beautiful island during the last forty years.

I could remember sometime in the 1990s an MBPM political activist and newspaper editor woke up in Hope Vale.

According to him, he was kidnapped and thrown into a vehicle, beaten and then dropped off in the village of Hope Vale. Today no one has claimed responsibility for such an act.

In addition, the former political leader of the now defunct Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement (MBPM), Dr. Terence A. Marryshow saw his home and office being subjected to many breakings by thieves who stole money and other personal things including his collection of Havana Club and even tried to set his office ablaze.

That kind of activity has no place in our country, which is still trying to recover from all kinds of hurricanes, man-made and natural.

Ideological pluralism, the existence of different political thoughts will give rise to something we all can identify with rather than an imported ideology that still have us divided after the Grenada Revolution imploded on the 19th of October 1983, when our former Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop and his colleagues were executed on Fort Rupert.

We must continue to co-exist in our society based on our history, because returning to those dark days will be counterproductive towards the development of our country and people as the record will show.

Recently I posted in brief on social media (Facebook) the events of Bloody Sunday and Monday as some of the early conditions that gave rise to the Grenada Revolution of March 13th 1979.

I will continue to say that the political violence before the Grenada Revolution of March 13th 1979 were some of the conditions that gave rise to the Revolution.

Furthermore, in the same breath the political violence during the said Revolution were some of the conditions that gave rise to the demise of the Grenada Revolution on October the 19th 1983, when PM Bishop and his colleagues were executed.

I am not about to play detective as to whether it was a set up by Mr. Tevin Andrew to look for political sympathy. But I also wonder how someone can suggest that is the case in point when our hard working law enforcement officers are tight-lipped because of the ongoing investigation.

This sick newspaper man may have inside information on the matter, and if so the police should call him in for questioning but I hardly believe that will be the case because I have the confidence in our law enforcement officers as they will be able to crack any case on our island since they have the skills to do so.

Mr. Newsman, please stay away from sensationalism and be ethical in your pronouncements and do not gloss over our history and leave police work for the police to do.

I will like to see all the NGOs, Civil Society, Grenada Conference of Churches, political parties, Grenada Bar Association among other organisations to join and condemn the attack on the young man’s office and home.

We need to send a clear message that those types of happenings and their look alike are gone once and for all in our country.

If we continue to remain silent the country will eventually suffer due to fragility of the tourist industry and political violence and the vandalism of people’s private property.

Persons having information at the Carriacou incident must come forward and help the police in that matter or the perpetrators should walk into the police station nearest to them.

Based on our presently socio-economic situation in the country with some discontentment in the labour movement, the last thing we would need is political violence and the vandalism of private property, which will be like adding gasoline to the little fire that is struggling to stay alight.

We cannot return to the dark days when opposition politicians could not sleep in peace in their homes and in some cases were taken from their homes in front of their families.

We have to nip that behaviour in the bud before it escalates into the wider society, which could have a different reaction, based on the person or persons involved.

There are some people in our country who think that if it is not they in charge of Grenada, it cannot be anyone else. I beg to differ.

There are other people who can do a decent job in the development of our country. We have a youthful population who may be thinking about getting involved in our political arena. We should encourage them and not scare them away.

After 43 years of being an independent country we still do not recognise the time when we were really an independent country, when we created a new economy, a mixed economy with the state, private and cooperative sectors coming together to plan the way forward.

We are still not teaching our history in schools. I will never understand why the powers-that-be cannot understand that the past can help us understand the present, which will allow us to chart our future for generations to come.

This is a clarion call “To Whom It May Concern” to understand that political violence and vandalism of the private and personal property of a political activist have no room in the present and future construct of our political and socio-economic development.

Our history is full of examples of that kind of nonsensical behaviour. We should all take notice that history will never be on the side of those persons who perpetuate and condone its use in order to subdue and to intimidate persons who have a different political philosophy for our development.

And suing one another for defamation of character every Monday morning will not solve our problems. What we have to do is to be more candid, gracious, truthful and honest in our pronouncements.

That is one way in which we can be able to attract good people to our politics and by doing so will encourage more young people to join the political debate taking place in our country.

Join me in saying no to the return of political vandalism against a political activist in our country.

Brian Lindsay-Campbell

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