Barbados has become the world’s newest republic breaking ties with Queen Elizabeth 55 years after it became an independent nation, saying it was time for Barbados to break from its colonial past.
The move comes as calls grow for the United Kingdom to pay reparations for enacting a regime of slavery in Barbados.
While it was an occasion for celebration, it was also “55 years overdue” and should have happened when Barbados won its independence in 1966, says David Comissiong, Barbados’s ambassador to the Caribbean Community and the Association of Caribbean States.
“Barbados was a center of British power. You don’t get rid of the imprint of that history so easily.”
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