Friday, August 14, 2009
THE BRITISH ARE HERE! Turk and Caicos Island officially under British direct rule
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, August 14, 2009 - The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is from today officially under British direct rule, with Governor Gordon Wetherell signing a proclamation suspending sections of the country's constitution for the next two years.
Premier Galmo Williams, one of the strong opponents to the changes, condemned the move.
"Today our country is being invaded and re-colonized by the United Kingdom, dismantling a duly elected government and legislature and replacing it with a one man dictatorship, akin to that of the old Red China, all in the name of good governance."
Williams said he strongly objected to "the recommendation of trial by judge alone rather then a trial by a jury...the removal of the House of Assembly, thereby leaving the people of these Islands voiceless and without representation."
"But I am convinced that this coup d'état committed against the legitimate government of our Turks and Caicos Islands by the United Kingdom puts them on the wrong side of history, for I can assure you that this action which they have taken against us was not done because it is the right thing to do nor because it is necessary, but rather it is being taken because they are able to do such things in a country of our size and status," Williams added.