Taiwan's Caribbean allies mark Emancipation Day, Haiti's independence

08/02/2021 11:40 AM
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Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's five Caribbean diplomatic allies -- Belize, Haiti, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines -- have released a statement in commemoration of Emancipation Day and Haiti's independence from France on Aug. 1.

On Sunday, the five Caribbean countries with diplomatic ties to Taiwan celebrated almost 200 years since chattel slavery ended officially in the English-speaking Caribbean and Haiti fought for and won its independence from France in what has been described as "the only successful slave revolt in human history," according to the statement.

It reiterated that the Caribbean people's journey celebrates survival, resilience and the forging of a youthful civilization where, despite tremendous challenges, the value of shared heritage is greater than the value of individual strides.

"Our Caribbean People's Journey to Freedom" is intensified by the "urgency of now," according to the statement. "Let us continue to sever the shackles that enslaved while we embrace the ties of justice, integrity and democracy that bind."

On July 31 last year, an official inaugural ceremony entitled "Our Caribbean People's Journey to Freedom" was held at The Diplomatic Quarter in Shilin District's Tianmu in Taipei to mark the historic moment.

Emancipation Day was officially declared on Aug. 1, 1834 when slavery was abolished by the United Kingdom and was celebrated throughout the British Caribbean.

Haiti won its fight for independence 30 years earlier, on Jan. 1, 1804.

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