Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Dear Editor,

In support of David Commissong's letter in the Jamaica Observer of December 7, 2017, titled 'J'cans should protest honour given to Dom Rep president', I wish to state that I do a radio programme entitled Bitter Sugar, which takes its name from the book Bitter Sugar written by Maurice Lemoine, a French journalist.

A summary reads: “The book is dedicated to the memory of Millien Beaubrun, Haitian cane cutter, murdered on 7th July 1980, shot in the back with 15 bullets of an M-1 rifle, at the Palmajero Military post on the Catarey sugar factory property in the Dominican Republic. His crime was unpardonable. He had refused to continue to work without pay. He said no to slavery.”

Millien Beaubrun is one of the millions of our Haitian brothers and sisters who have been murdered in the Dominican Republic on the cane plantations.

Did Prime Minister Andrew Holness, or his advisors, have knowledge of these facts before they gave honour to the president of the Dominican Republic who visited the island recently?

Holness, history will never forget such treachery!


Miguel Lorne

Monica Bernard Building

75 East Street


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