Venezuela's Maduro backs reparations for slavery


President Nicolas Maduro supported reparations for slavery after a ceremony that paid tribute to Afro-Venezuelan independence fighter Pedro Camejo.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed support on June 24 for the Caribbean call for reparations from their former colonial powers.

Maduro backed demands from 15 Caribbean nations seeking reparations from former slave-trading nations, including Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The demand has been raised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Maduro said: “Our brothers from the Caribbean Community … have raised their voice to demand Europe pay for one of the greatest holocausts in history — the African — during which 50 million women and men of our African grandparents were kidnapped from their land, from their roots, to be brought to America as slaves.

“Europe must indemnify the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean for the African holocaust.”

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]

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