Christmas message from Mr Ivan O’Neal, Leader of SVG Green Party
Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer’s fight and death must not be for nothing. We must show respect and honour for his sacrifice on our behalf.
Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer was slain by white men while fighting to protect our lands. He must be turning in his grave now that the short-sighted and unpatriotic ULP regime is selling-off hundreds of acres of our crown lands to foreigners.
Christmas is a time for giving, but all we seem to see around our country is taking. We are losing our country to foreigners at a very fast rate. If we do not stop the sale of our lands to foreigners now, there will be no country left for our children and grandchildren. We must do like Cuba and ban the sale of our lands to foreigners, to protect and preserve our country for future generation of Vincentians.
SVG was once the land of the blessed, but now it is a land of immense poverty and hardship. The ULP regime is too economically incompetent to create revenue streams for our country and so they lazily rely upon the “easy money” philosophy of selling our crown lands to foreigners.
Christmas should be about coming together and social cohesion. However, the policy of selling hundreds of acres of lands to foreigners is socially divisive. Our people are being pushed out of their own country. Very soon, Vincentians will become second-class citizens in their own country. That is totally unacceptable.
The negative consequences of selling-off land and land grabbing have been seen clearly in Australia’s history. In 1788, foreigners invaded Australia and began land grabbing. The Aboriginal people fought back to protect their lands. For over 200 years, the indigenous Aboriginal people suffered inhumane exploitation, racist treatment and apartheid.
SVG has become like Australia. Our people are suffering the loss of our heritage lands, apartheid and unconstitutional taxation laws. Like the Aborigines, the indigenous people in SVG are being trampled on and rich foreigners are taking over our country. We must not allow Australia’s history to be replicated in our beloved country of SVG.
The road ahead is dark and difficult, but we must have faith. We have no choice but to stop our lands going to foreigners. Some of the serious wrongdoing in Australia to the Aborigines is being mirrored in SVG by foreigners, including Taiwan and the white super-rich of Mustique and Canouan.
To ensure that our children and grandchildren can have happiness at Christmas in years to come, we must do like Cuba and ban the sale of our lands to foreigners, to preserve our country for future generation of Vincentians.
Merry Christmas and may God bless us all.
Ivan O’Neal BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA
SVG Green Party