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New Left Review I/23, January-February 1964

Janet Jagan


‘100 Years Under British Rule rather than one year under Jagan’, a slogan waved aloft by the Opposition to the People’s Progressive Party in British Guiana, gives a keyhole look at what is behind the conflict in the small South American Colony seeking independence. The United Force, representing the moneyed, right-wing Catholic interests, prefers British or American control of the country rather than government by the ppp which has a declared socialist policy. And to achieve its end it has started a John Birch-type hysteria to the effect that every act of the ppp brings the country closer to ‘Soviet slavery’. The control of two daily newspapers has made their task easier.

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