Anti-LGBTQ protesters fear change in Jamaica.
Opponents of LGBTI rights in Jamaica protested outside Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Sept. 29 as British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived for a visit. (Bryan Cummings photo courtesy of the Jamaica Observer)
Two Jamaican groups opposing LGBTI rights protested yesterday’s arrival of visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The protest was a missing opportunity, said LGBTI rights activist Maurice Tomlinson. He argued that the protesters’ fears about sexuality led them to ignore a high-priority issue: pushing Cameron to help Jamaica recover from past injustices imposed on it by the British Empire — in particular, slavery.
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller raised with Cameron the issue of reparations for slavery’s long-term harm to Jamaica and its long-term benefits for Britain. The British Empire benefited economically from slavery in Jamaica from 1655 until 1833, when it freed all slaves throughout the empire and compensated their owners, but not the slaves…
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