Saturday, 7 November 2015

Support the Chagos Islanders

Fifty years ago this weekend, the United Kingdom Government split the Chagos Archipelago away from Mauritius to form the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Within a very short period, between 1967 and 1973, the Chagos Islanders were forcibly evicted from their homes so that the British Government could lease the largest island, known as Diego Garcia, to the United States for the construction of one of the biggest military bases in the world.

The expulsion of this community has been condemned many times as one of the “most shameful episodes in British post-war history,” and Cameron’s government still refuses to right this terrible wrong, just like the previous governments of Blair and Brown.

Please show your support to the islanders:

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