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CUrious how you are so well informed about the dreams of people whom almost nobody knows; on the o ...
Urious how you are so well informed about the dreams of people whom almost nobody knows
Wednesday 29 June 201
Thousands of former residents of the Chagos Islands, who were forcibly removed by Britain to make way for a US military base, have lost their latest legal bid to return home at the UK's highest court.
Families were forced to leave the islands in the 1960s and 1970s to make way for a United States Air Force base on the largest island, Diego Garcia.
More than 2,000 people once lived on the islands in the Indian Ocean, which had thriving villages, a hospital, a church, and a railway, before Britain in 1966 leased the main island of Diego Garcia - then part of British-controlled Mauritius - for 50 years to the United States in return for a discount on buying Polaris nuclear missiles.
Mauritius and her dependencies had been part of the British Empire. In 1964, independence was finally granted on the understanding that the Chagos archipelago would be excluded from the deal as, it was claimed, it was of “significant” geographical interest to Britain.
In the same year, a secret British-American conference was held in London. In the chilling words of official jargon, the islands “were closed” and, in an exchange of letters never shown to either Parliament or the US Congress, a defence agreement was signed leasing the Chagos Islands to the US for 50 years with the option of an extra 20-year extension. The deal was struck on the understanding that the entire island chain was “fully sanitised” and “cleansed” of life. In exchange, Britain would receive an $11million subsidy on the US’s Polaris submarine nuclear deterrent.
In the summer of 1971, a group of Whitehall officials arrived with an eviction order and informed the inhabitants that they were now illegal squatters. The islanders were duly deported to Mauritius and the Seychelles, families split between islands in the hasty removal. In Mauritius, they were sent to a derelict housing estate where they made shelters for themselves in the stables and pigsties. It was worse still in the Seychelles, where they were housed in the prison.
This was a living nightmare for the Chagossians – but it was only the beginning. Soon they learned they would never be going home again, and that their British citizenship had been revoked. They were offered a mere £325 per person as compensation for losing their homes, their livelihoods, their history.
Before the islands could be handed over to the Americans, the British Army had one final task. They rounded up the 800 pet dogs that had been left and gassed them. “I first made the building secure, then introduced into it pipes attached to the exhaust pipes of US vehicles.
If you do any research you will find that in the case of nearly all the asylum seekers/refugees who come to the EU, the British have invaded and/or had a hand in their country before and have helped to cause many of the problems which have caused the current situation.