"Shithole President": Donald Trump has been declared persona non grata in the Caribbean
Nearly 100 representatives of Pan African organizations and members of the Caribbean Socialist popular forces proclaimed US President Donald Trump a non-grata person in the Caribbean, Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) of Barbados reported Monday.
According to the source, all of them were committed to demand their respective governments to strongly protest any visit by Trump and support popular activities to prevent US President from coming to the Caribbean.
CMC said that Trump is not well received in the Caribbean, because of his racist and outrageous comments and actions made last Thursday against African countries, Haiti and El Salvador. The measure was promoted by Barbados' Clement Payne Movement, Pan African Caribbean Network and People's Empowerment Party. It is also supported by Saint Lucia International Committee of Black Peoples, the Jamaica-Cuba Friendship Association, Trinidad-Tobago Freedman's Emancipation Group and the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago.The measure was also supported and the document, signed by the Organization for the Victory of the People and the Black Consciousness Movement, both from Guyana, among other organizations. CMC recalled that the peoples of the Caribbean, in the light of world history, resisted and survived the most horrendous forms of slavery and colonialism, and also stated that the Caribbean nations are icons in defense of dignity and the human rights. The organization also said all the Caribbean countries defend the zero-tolerance principle on any racist or discriminatory manifestation against black people. “We, the under-signed representatives of the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby declare that President Donald Trump of the United States of America is 'persona non-grata' in our Caribbean region,” the declaration said.
“We further declare that as a 'persona non-grata,' President Donald Trump is NOT welcome in any territory of the Caribbean; and we hereby confirm that we — the Caribbean people — will petition our governments, vehemently protest against any Trump visit, and engage in popular demonstrations designed to prevent President Donald Trump's entry into any portion of the sovereign territory of our Caribbean region,” it adds.
“As sons and daughters of the Caribbean, we hereby affirm that the continent of Africa is the revered motherland of a sizable majority of our people and that the Republic of Haiti — the seminal architect of the destruction of the system of chattel slavery that held our ancestors in bondage — is the foundational cornerstone of our Caribbean civilization,” the declaration continues. “And we, therefore, consider that any insult or attack that is directed at the African continent or at the Republic of Haiti is intrinsically an insult and attack that is directed at us as well.
“We further affirm that we Caribbean people — in light of our history of experiencing, resisting and surviving the most horrendous forms of enslavement and colonialism — consciously regard ourselves as champions and defenders of the dignity and fundamental human rights of all Black or African people, and that we are guided by an over-arching and non-negotiable principle of zero tolerance of any manifestation of anti-Black or anti-African racism or discrimination,” it said.