Maduro Demands Europe Pay Reparations over 'African Holocaust'
Maduro expressed his support for the Caribbean nations seeking reparations from former colonial power.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed support for the Caribbean call for reparations from their former colonial powers, in an address to the country on Wednesday.
Maduro expressed his support for those 15 Caribbean nations seeking reparations from former slave-trading nations, including the U.K., France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
"Our brothers from the Caribbean Community and Petrocaribe have raised their voice to demand Europe for one of the greatest holocausts in history--the African--during which 50 million women and men of our African grandparents were kidnapped from their land, from their roots, to be brought to America as slaves,” Maduro said. “Europe must indemnify the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean for the African holocaust."
The call for reparations came after the Venezuelan President paid tribute to the independence fighter Pedro Camejo, the only Black military officer who fought against the Spanish in the independence army of Simon Bolivar.
In his public address, Maduro recognized the contribution of African descendents in the independence struggle and reminded that Camejo is part of Venezuelan national identity and a symbol of the nation.
"The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Goncalves is breaking the paradigms of our peoples, bringing a just demand to Europe," the President said referring to the Caribbean Reparatory Justice Program. The program of demands includes development projects to fight back poverty, cultural exchanges between the Caribbean and west Africa, improvements in education, and medical assistance.
More contentiously, it seeks official apologies from the former colonial countries, who have so far been silent on enslaving black people during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The plan is designed for the "structural decolonization and the reconciliation of the countries of the Caribbean with the former colonial powers, responsible for the enslavement of African people, indigenous genocide and apartheid policies during emancipation."