Thursday 26 November, 2020

'They were to liquidate us': Ex-PM recalls US intervention in Grenada

Former Prime Minister of Grenada tells Loop News his story as he reflects on his detention in the turbulent 1980s and the US' intervention.

Former Prime Minister of Grenada tells Loop News his story as he reflects on his detention in the turbulent 1980s and the US' intervention.

It was 37 years ago that Prime Minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop was executed by way of a firing squad. 

It was also 37 years ago that Tillman Thomas — a man who would one day become prime minister — was freed by US military forces from prison where he was held for two years and three months as a political detainee. 

It was a tumultuous period in the country's history and the population was on edge with each day.

Thomas — who is sought after by regional media houses for his story — remembers his ordeal like it was yesterday and shared his memories in a rare interview with Loop News.

In the wake of the Grenadian Revolution, Thomas recounted that in 1981, he together with Lloyd Noel and the late Leslie Pierre published a newspaper - The Grenadian Voice. After the second publication, the men were detained on July 11, 1981, and remained in detention up to October 26, 1983.

“The officers could pass and look at you in your cell. We were not certain but the reason was given that if there was any intervention in the country, they were going to liquidate us,” recalled Thomas. 

Read the full story by Melissa Wong - https://www.loopnewscaribbean.com/content/former-prime-minister-reflects-us-intervention-grenada-part-one

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