• Short Summary

    GUYANA, THE FORMER BRITISH COLONY ON THE ATLANTIC COAST OF SOUTH AMERICA WHICH BECAME INDEPENDENT IN MAY, 1966, WILL CELEBRATE THE DECLARATION OF A REPUBLIC ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 23).

  • Description

    GUYANA, THE FORMER BRITISH COLONY ON THE ATLANTIC COAST OF SOUTH AMERICA WHICH BECAME INDEPENDENT IN MAY, 1966, WILL CELEBRATE THE DECLARATION OF A REPUBLIC ON MONDAY (FEBRUARY 23).

    GUYANA, FORMERLY KNOWN AS BRITISH GUIANA, WILL REMAIN A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH, AND THE NEW REPUBLIC WILL BE MODELLED ALONG THE LINES OF INDIA.

    THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. FORBES BURNHAM, HAS STAKED HIS GOVERNMENT'S SURVIVAL ON A NEW SYSTEM OF CO-OPERATIVES WHICH WILL PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN ALL SECTORS OF THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY. ONE OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS THE NEW REPUBLIC WILL HAVE TO FACE IS SIMMERING BORDER DISPUTES WITH VENEZUELA TO THE WEST AND SURINAM TO THE EAST.

    THE FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF THE COUNTRY WAS DR. CHEDDI JAGAN, ELECTED IN MAY 1962 WHEN THE STATE WAS STILL KNOWN AS BRITISH GUIANA. THE LEFT-WING DR. JAGAN WAS DEFEATED IN THE ELECTIONS IN 1964 AFTER BRITAIN CHANGED THE SYSTEM OF VOTING TO PROPOSITIONAL REPRESENTATION. THE NEW PRIME MINISTER WAS MR. FORBES BURNHAM WHOSE PEOPLE'S NATIONAL CONGRESS HAVE WON ALL SUBSEQUENT ELECTIONS.

    IN 1962 BRITISH TROOPS WERE CALLED IN TO BREAK UP RACE RIOTS AND POLITICAL TENSION BETWEEN DR. JAGAN'S SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS WERE NARKED BY PROLONGED STRIKES AND VIOLENT INCIDENTS.

    SINCE THEN ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN RELATIVELY CALM WITH MR. BURNHAM'S GOVERNMENT'S FUTURE STAKED ON THE NEW REFORMS WHICH HE SAYS, WILL MAKE GUYANA THE WORLD'S FIRST CO-OPERATIVE REPUBLIC.

    TO MARK THE NEW REPUBLIC THE COUNTRY HAS CHOSEN ITS FIRST NATIONAL HERO -- AN AFRICAN SLAVE "CUFFY" WHO REBELLED AGAINST DUTCH SUGAR PLANTERS IN 1763.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7OSSB43B5DADU84SV67QBZ70D
    Media URN:
    VLVA7OSSB43B5DADU84SV67QBZ70D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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