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VI's emancipation was a deadly fight to freedom - Premier Fahie

-residents told to remember the meaning behind celebrations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
While the COVID-19 pandemic has turned virtual, the usual mass gathering and events associated with Emancipation Day Celebrations in the Virgin Islands, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has urged residents to remember the meaning behind the day. Photo: VINO/File
Huge crowds gathered at a ticketing boot at the opening of the 2019 Festival. The Premier said that while the 2020 celebrations will be without colourful banners waving in the streets, having the Festival Village in Road Town; Rise and Shine, local bands and artists; international guest artists, Queen Show, Parade, Prince and Princess and other events, the territory is still free. Photo: VINO/File
Huge crowds gathered at a ticketing boot at the opening of the 2019 Festival. The Premier said that while the 2020 celebrations will be without colourful banners waving in the streets, having the Festival Village in Road Town; Rise and Shine, local bands and artists; international guest artists, Queen Show, Parade, Prince and Princess and other events, the territory is still free. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the COVID-19 pandemic has turned virtual, the usual mass gatherings and events associated with Emancipation Day Celebrations in the Virgin Islands, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has urged residents to remember the meaning behind the day.

"We are accustomed to putting on a display of our culture and talents and enjoying ourselves at different festive settings, as we reflect in music, speeches, poems, historical readings and other forms of reflections, on the trials and victories of our ancestors during the period of slavery," Premier Fahie said noting those events have all gone virtual. 

Hie said, however, "while we celebrate and reflect, let us not forget. Our celebration is in remembrance of a legacy of Virgin Islanders who fought – some laying down their lives – so that today we could have freedom." 

Mental slavery still exists - Premier Fahie 

He reminded that emancipation was not voluntarily given to the people, rather, it was something that had to be fought for, with lives lost.

The Premier said that while old slavery remains topic through modern exploitation and oppression of people, he said another form of slavery still exists. 

"Mental slavery has to do with being unaware or unconcerned about the way mainstream channels are used to distort our perceptions of the world around us. It is like living in the Matrix; an artificial reality designed to exploit us." 

VI still free - Premeir Fahie 

The Premier said that the 2020 celebrations will be without colourful banners waving in the streets, having the Festival Village in Road Town; Rise and Shine, local bands and artists; international guest artists, Queen Show, Parade, Prince and Princess and other events, however, the territory is still free. 

"This does not erase the fact that we are a free people whose ancestors fought and died to give us the life we have today. It does not change the fact that the culture of our ancestors is alive in our hearts"

He urged the people to fight harder and make sure the heritage of the territory stays alive so that future generations know who they are and where they came from.

7 Responses to “VI's emancipation was a deadly fight to freedom - Premier Fahie”

  • Agenda 21 (Destruction of the Economy) (01/08/2020, 17:25) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    So ironic that we’re currently under house arrest, I guess all of that fight for freedom was for nothing, Cindy gather up you got a soldier here willing to march
  • emancipate (01/08/2020, 17:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    the Year 2020 is history already - government
  • speak out (01/08/2020, 17:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    we still in that fight.Right here ,right now in our beautiful bvi
  • Awareness (01/08/2020, 17:58) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    Send home them island people first and we locals will be free
  • cnn (01/08/2020, 18:55) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    Thank goodness for Andrew Fahie we don’t want any funny man as our premier
  • Since (01/08/2020, 22:00) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    When will the VI learn? Don’t worry, maybe another hurricane will teach you a lesson. Leave these carnivals alone!
  • Reminder (02/08/2020, 20:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our forefathers fought to give us this freedom yet every tom dick and harry is working hard to take from us. Lest we forget.


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