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Jamaica says Britain owes it billions over slavery
David Cameron and Hilary Beckles (Picture: Xinhua/REX)

Jamaica is calling for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery.

Sir Hilary Beckles told David Cameron in an open letter that he has benefited from slavery on the island through his ancestral links to General Sir James Duff.

‘You are a grandson of the Jamaican soil who has been privileged and enriched by your forebears’ sins of the enslavement of our ancestors,’ Sir Hilary, chairman of the Caricom Reparations Commission, wrote in the Jamaica Observer.

‘Successive governments in this land, a place still groaning under the weight of this injustice, have done well during the 53 years of sovereignty, but the burden of inherited mess from slavery and colonialism has overwhelmed many of our best efforts.’

Sugar Cane Cutters in Jamaica, around 1890 (Picture: A. Duperly and Sons)
Sugar Cane Cutters in Jamaica, around 1890 (Picture: A. Duperly and Sons)

Downing Street have always dismissed reparation demands, but now Cameron faces being shunned if…

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