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Crawley’s president in exile

May 20th, 2011 · Posted by Skuds in Life/Politics · 2 Comments · Life, Politics

I went to the Crawley Campaign Against Racism‘s AGM tonight and the guest speaker was Allen Vincatassin who is the President of the provisional government of Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands, and I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know that until tonight.

I knew he was the de facto leader of the Chagossian community in Crawley, but I must have missed the news about him becoming President (in waiting).   All the more embarrassing because I see his brother most days at work.  I think its kind of cool that a head of government lives in Crawley, even if it is a government of a country whose population isn’t allowed to live there.

Good luck to him, though I fear the President in waiting is going to be waiting a long time.


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  • Richard W.

    Noam Chomsky on Diego Garcia

    There is an island in the Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia,
    which is claimed by the African Union; its part of
    Africa. Britain and the U.S. — it has bases for U.S.
    nuclear weapons and nuclear submarines, and so on. The
    population was kicked out by Britain so that the United
    States could establish a major military base there.
    That base is used — it’s a major military base — it’s
    used for bombing of Middle East and Central Asia. Obama
    is beefing it up very sharply — both its nuclear
    weapons capacity and its massive ordinance. In fact,
    he’s just sent there a couple of hundred so-called
    bunker busters, the biggest weapons in the arsenal,
    short of nuclear weapons, aimed at Iran. All of that’s
    going on right now. Diego Garcia is excluded by the
    U.S. and Britain from the African Union
    nuclear-weapons-free zone, which means they can’t
    implement it.