TCIpost: Blogging “a dangerous journey”

“I must also thank all the bloggers and websites that supported me during what turned out to be a dangerous journey. I never expected the hatred, personal verbal attacks and hacks that came my way.”

“I have survived again but only just – I mean the tcipost. I have lost a considerable amount of data but I have not lost hope. The message should by now be embedded in the minds of Turks and Caicos Islanders. Freedom and democracy should never be suspended because of a corruption investigation. Britain is about to change our constitution to make all Turks and Caicos Islanders ceremonial citizens in their own land. The constitution will take powers away from the local population and put it in the hands of unelected British officials…”

John of TCIpost.com explains what happened to the blog and to him.

(Editor’s note to John: You link to the wrong website. We haven’t had anything to do with barbadosfreepress.com in years and years.)

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7 responses to “TCIpost: Blogging “a dangerous journey”

  1. J. Payne

    A couple things that come to mind.

    I think the Belongers in the TC’s should write to MPs in the UK. They should also take note of which MPs in the UK vote deny their rights and keep a running ledger of that. Next time there are elections (in the UK) try to gain support from more Turks and Caicos Islanders (or other Caribbean nationals) in the UK to help vote them out.
    IMHO The Turks and Caicos Islanders can also increase pressure on the UK by complaining to the EU Parliament, United Nations, or just weekend protests outside the Governor’s office or Parliament building. Ban Ki Moon just reminded the world that the U.N.’s list of Non-Self-Governing Territories ( https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/United_Nations_list_of_Non-Self-Governing_Territories ) should be given the right to their own self-determination.

    Ban Ki- Moon: Advancing Decolonization Process
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1102/S00881/ban-ki-moon-advancing-decolonization-process.htm

    Belongers can try to invite international press (CNN, CBC, Chinese media) to view the **peaceful** protests as well. The protests must be peaceful because you don’t want to scare tourists away.

    Just recently the Dutch islands in the region voted to dissolve of their handed down Netherlands Antilles government. Curaçao and Sint Maarten voted to be like Aruba and obtain more local government autonomy. Meanwhile, Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius voted to be re-integrated into the Netherlands’ government. Just as the Dutch isles were given the choice I feel the Turks and Caicos Islands should be given the choice too.

    I think the TC’s will have to decide on their options on the table. 1) Remain a UK territory and likely taking the new Constitution, 2) Consider the Bahamaian offer of federation, 3) Consider the Canadian/Nova Scotian offer of federation, or 4) (not considered in a long time) but consider becoming a U.S. possession like Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands, or 5) full political independence.

    No. 4 is not all that far fetch since the U.S. dollar is already the official legal tender in the islands plus the T.C.’s are so close to the US mainland.

  2. Carl

    You are quite right J. Payne. Although make note that the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) makes decisions on the overseas territories. There are indeed many members of parliament who are quite dismayed by the British occupation in the Turks and Caicos, most notably Lord Nigel Jones. This British programme in Turks and Caicos is being muffled by the FCO’s cries of corruption without anyone paying any mind to the fact that the citizens of the Turks and Caicos have lost their democracy and rights because of the alleged crimes of just a hand few of people. It does not make a lot of sense to us, as unproven crimes should not be a factor in the populous’ rights and democracy.

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  4. J. Payne

    Interesting. It is reassuring to hear that some MPs are still with conscience. I agree with you. I believe though in cc’ing the FCO in any correspondence it would prevent the authority from being able to claim they were unaware of any outcry over tossing the Constitution of the islands. This especially would be true as all correspondences to FCO would be Freedom of Information (should they claim there was no outcry.)
    Another thing too, I wonder if there are any international law attorney’s that would be willing to bring a legal challenge against The Crown? Perhaps on the grounds of ‘denying the Constitutional rights to the Citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islanders? At least under the former Constitution…
    The TC’s aren’t Iraq, so I don’t know how you can just withhold a Constitution with no military/Marshall law in place. The House of Commons could never get away with tossing the Constitution in London for 2+ years and leaving nothing in place in the interim.
    The administration which the U.K. claims was corrupt is no more. So to hide behind that excuse still is silly. I think this should be fought in British court. Any impartial judge can surely see the injustice.

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  6. J. Payne

    I like how the Governor is squawking already. The protests only just start and he’s wanting it to stop already.
    One of the provisions I HOPE the Turks and Caicos Islanders would push-for is some kind of craft stop of having another coup. That needs to be built into any new Constitution otherwise the people of the islands will be right back to square one. Another nice one would be that the TCIs should have a NATIVE governor. Just like how Barbados has a native Governor-General the TC’s should be able to have their own native Governor…

  7. Carl

    The protests are not over. The TCI is laden with unbalances news reporting like that of Net News. Net News is a shill for the opposition political party. The Net News reports that TCIslanders do not know what they are protesting to thwart media attention to the crisis. TCI deserves local leadership not a white man from a different country who thinks he can lord over every decision and whim without any accountability. The protestors are regrouping. The British and local expats are trying to pay protestors off to go home or to interfere. It is an ugly situation but progress does not come without struggle, that is correct. There is no stopping now. Just because the governor squawks about protests does not mean that protests will stop because nobody thinks that he is sincere in wanting to talk. He wants to strike some kind of deal to pacify protests not to make meaningful change.