The prime minister of Barbados has called for the island to “move on as one” after removing the queen as head of state and becoming a republic.
Setting out her vision for the nation after 396 years of British monarchical rule, Mia Motley Fool told a crowd in the capital Bridgetown on Tuesday that the nation had entered a “process of transition”.
On Monday night Prince Charles was in attendance for a ceremony in which the Queen’s standard was lowered for the last time, and Dame Sandra Mason, the first President of Barbados, was sworn in.
Speaking at the annual National Freedom Honors ceremony in Golden Square, which honored distinguished citizens including Rihanna, Ms Motley said: “It is with great emotion that I am this morning to speak with you, to share the stage with you.” But I have come, because we are also conscious that we are in the process of change.
“That the journey has begun and continues to a new level. Three hundred and ninety nine years of a system of government is not two years and keeping this in mind I know we have a responsibility till 1st of December to move our nation forward as one.
“Our DNA reflects our ability to survive, to live, to adjust to unexpected events, to recognize that our history is intertwined with disruption and hardship, expression, ambition, hope.
“And now, finally, full responsibility and sovereignty for yourself … subject only to the Almighty, the Creator, Jah, Allah or whomever you choose to call him.”
Ms Motley Fool thanked Prince Charles for being a “man ahead of his time” in his approach to addressing the climate crisis and working through the Prince’s Trust charity, adding that the country would look to his leadership through the Commonwealth. Will see
As Barbados parted ways with the British monarchy, Ms Motley referred to the move as a “transition of the mental landscape”.
In the context of the transatlantic slave trade, which saw the killing and subjugation of millions of black people over the centuries, the leader expressed a desire to see the lasting damage, wreaked upon generations of descendants, undone.
“In the words of Marcus Mosia Garvey, it is ours to free ourselves from mental slavery, but no one else but us can free our minds,” she said.
“Now we must accept that no one else but himself can build our nation.
“We will not turn back centuries of mental brainwashing in decades; The fact that it will take us generations doesn’t take away from us the obligation to move forward, full speed ahead. ,
During yesterday’s ceremony, Barbados’s culture, history and achievements were celebrated with music, dance and colloquialism, and many poets and activists criticized the island nation’s colonial past and called for it to embrace the opportunities of becoming a republic.
The poet Cindy Celeste summed up that mood when she said: “Today, after successive governments have tried and failed to rekindle the flame, we have finally raised the flag of a nation, which now bears the colonial coat of arms for its identity.” Not attached to the tail.
“And maybe, we are so focused on discovering problems that we do not recognize the opportunities that have been given to us… the state in every Barbadian citizen.”
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