posted on Mar, 20 2014 @ 12:38 PM
It's terrible that such a beautiful piece of earth has so many atrocities, alleged or verifiable, associated to it.
I can not imagine all the emotions the Chagossians must be feeling, to be kicked out of their homeland. Never allowed to show their children the place
they were born, buried their dead and had so many memories. This isn't the first time something like this has occurred and it won't be the last, it
still makes me sick.
They lived there for five generations until the early 1970s when the archipelago was excised from Mauritius by the United Kingdom. The
Chagossians were evicted and the archipelago now forms part of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
The British Foreign Office is to ‘neutrally’ examine options and risks involved in re-establishing the Chagossian community on the Indian
Ocean archipelago Since Britain established the archipelago as the world’s largest marine reserve in 2010, it is illegal to fish there — except
for the U.S. military who have been allowed to catch about 50 tonnes of fish for sport.
So a group of TPTB sat around and discussed how they can ensure the native people won't return to the islands. Let's establish marine reserve!
It's disgusting that the Chagossians were not only kicked out of their native lands but then the British establish the area as a marine reserve,
effectively outlawing fishing. If the Chagossians are allowed to return to their homeland will they be able to fish? If no what will they eat?
The setting up of the reserve by the then-foreign secretary David Miliband was widely interpreted as an attempt to prevent any resettlement by the
Even if the Chagossians won the legal right to return, they might be unable to live on the islands if they were not allowed to fish.
The British government established the marine reserve to make the path for the Chagossians to return home extremely difficult. Then they establish a
"neutral" committee to examine the options of the Chagossians to return and they expect us to buy it? I have serious doubts regarding to neutrality
of that committee.
All in all, more despicable behavior.
From the islanders’ point of view, this decision by the FCO was more of the same. Unfeasible and uneconomic resettlement suited the FCO nicely.
Yes, we moved you unlawfully 30 years ago, but you have to stay where you are because we now say it is impractical to move you back. The FCO countered
– it is unfeasible, the islands need significant investment in infrastructure and employment (which the Chagossians could not provide from their own
resources), and our consultants who carried out the review agree with us.
When we Chagossians lived on our islands, the seas and lagoons were pristine. When the Americans arrived, they caused massive environmental
degradation, including bulldozing our villages and flattening graveyards. To create building materials, they started dynamiting the lagoon of Diego
Garcia, killing fish and destroying large areas of coral reef. For many years we have been pressing BIOT to conduct an environmental audit of the
effects of the US occupation. This has been consistently refused, with the explanation that the impact of the occupation is minimal. We can now see
that throughout this period there have been no controls on the pollution. We are the real guardians of our homeland. Until we are allowed to return,
we think that this degradation is bound to be permitted to continue.