UPDATED: August 1, 2010 – Emancipation Day
Unlike Minister of Culture Steve Blackett who suggested that we mark Emancipation Day with drinking, dancing and wuking up, I refuse to “celebrate” Emancipation Day.
Instead of a celebration, I consider our family history and our country’s journey. I honour those who first made the day happen in 1834 and I honour those who continue the battle today to free the millions of slaves still in bondage.
With that in mind, we’re republishing an article written shortly after Emancipation Day in 2007.
The article is all true, my friends. You can choose to ignore China’s slave camps or to consider them on this Emancipation Day. Either way it won’t change the truth that China still maintains the world’s largest network of slave camps. And just like the slaves of Barbados, the slaves of China are an integral part of its economy.
Please think of your brothers and sisters in China on this Emancipation Day. FREE THE SLAVES
Original article as first published August 23, 2007…
Chinese Christians Arrested During Prime Minister Arthur’s Visit To China
When Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur visited China’s Shaanxi Province on Thursday, June 7, 2007, his Communist hosts were happy to announce their anticipation of “further friendly relations between the two countries through the cooperation between Barbados and Shaanxi”. Prime Minister Arthur responded with like happy words of never-ending friendship between China and Barbados.
Prime Minister Arthur never mentioned the long history of Chinese government torture, imprisonment and forced abortions of Christians in Shaanxi Province. Even during his stay, 12 Christians were arrested for the horrendous crime of distributing free bibles in the market square. (link here) Two other Shaaxi Christians were sentenced to two years prison hard labour for the offense of praying in a home. (link here)
Prime Minister Arthur never mentioned the imprisonment of a blind man, Chen Guangcheng, who was taken away in the middle of the night for the crime of exposing forced abortions and forced sterilizations of pregnant women who are kidnapped off the streets by Chinese government thugs. (CNN story of China’s forced abortions here)
Prime Minister Arthur never mentioned the well documented fact that the Chinese Government sells religious prisoners’ organs to feed a ghoulish body parts trade. (Another link here)
Who Are The Chinese Foreign Workers In Barbados?
Are They Part Of China’s Prisoner Economy?
Prime Minister Arthur has never publicly mentioned Laogai, the vast organisation of slave labour camps run by the Chinese Government. As an educated man, Owen Arthur would have to know that slave labour has been a fact in Communist China since the founding of the “Peoples Republic”. He would have to know that political and religious prisoners are worked to death and that almost seven million Chinese slaves are currently serving their Communist Massas in over 1,000 slave labour plantations camps. (A few links: here, here and here)
Are any of the Chinese workers in Barbados here against their will? Why aren’t many “allowed” to step outside their “compound” without their accompanying “escorts”?
Has the Prime Minister ever asked the obvious questions regarding the Chinese labour at the Four Seasons project? Why not?
Dear Mr. Prime Minister
Once again, how do we know that the Chinese labourers at the Four Seasons Project are not part of China’s slave labour system?
Here’s little article on Chinese slave labour camps. It would be most appropriate if you would read it while Ikael Tafari and his government-sponsored cohorts are this week celebrating “the end of slavery“.
Excerpt from The High Cost Of China’s Laogai
Free and Endless Supply of Workers
China’s booming economy continues to increase through its use of slave labor or Laogai camps. Laogai means “reform through labor.” It’s a system of prison factories and detention centers set up by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong during the 1950’s as a means to re-educate through labor and increase economic gain for the People’s Republic of China. As of 1979, there were apparently only several thousand people being forced to work in the Laogai system. Today it has become an enormous source of free labor and financial profit for the Chinese government. According to estimates from the Laogai Research Foundation, there are 6.8 million people incarcerated in China’s 1,100 labor institutions.
For those incarcerated in these facilities, the reality they face is long hours of brutal treatment with little sleep or food to sustain themselves. Reports of 20-hour work days and violent oppression force some detainees to choose suicide instead of being beaten, starved, or worked to death according to a paper by Stephen D. Marshall, “Chinese Laogai: a hidden role in ‘Developing Tibet.” Others mutilate or injure themselves in an effort to avoid the work. Inmates who fall behind or refuse to work are shocked with electric batons, beaten, sexually assaulted, or thrown into solitary confinement. Among those that make up the population in these labor camps are criminals, political prisoners, and practitioners of the spiritual practice Falun Gong, who reportedly now make up to half of those detained in the Laogai labor system.
Who Uses Slave Labor?
Forced labor has become both a form a torture and a source of great profit for China. With the enormous amount of free labor that comes from Laogai, China has lured many overseas businesses into its profit-through-slave-labor system. With ridiculously cheap wholesale labor costs many cannot resist the bait and unknowingly come to support this illegal practice…
… read the entire article here