Saturday, May 07, 2005

Free "Diego Garcia"

For approximately the last two years, many of us have been receiving countless emails and accounts from our friend Martini, about the plight of the people of the Chagos islands, better known as Diego Garcia since the UK and US military took them over in the 1960s and dumped their legitimate inhabitants out, on Mauritius and the Seychelles with no care, no consultation, no compensation, no nothing.

Thanks to the campaign that is emerging to help and support the original inhabitants of the Chagos islands to be able to go home (and throw the occupiers out, where they belong), there has been a steady amount of press coverage in the last year or so. But as a French man, I was glad today to read a moving full page in Le Monde, which I encourage all those who read French to read, and circulate.

See also the BBC Q&A on all of this.

As Tony Blair has just been reelected, apparently, that's all very relevant.

(We should start a contest: on which island should we deport Tony & Cherry?)