Letter from Mervyn Dymally to fellow members of congress, 1990

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Title

Letter from Mervyn Dymally to fellow members of congress, 1990

Subject

State Violence
Trinidad and Tobago
United Nations
Jamaat Muslimeen
Inequality
Dymally, Mervyn M., 1926-2012

Description

In a 3 August 1990 congressional statement, Dyamally provides a brief history of the crisis in Trinidad and Tobago, and stressed that there is political and economic instability. An attempt to overthrow the government occurred as the Prime Minister was in the hospital; as a result, the country became a militarized state, and hostages were released into military custody. Dymally argues that the 1970s drop in crude oil prices led to economic instability, and the middle-class emigrated to Canada. Following the disarmament of the insurgents, Dymally stressed the need for medical supplies and food, while stressing that there was no clear leadership and that many feared a military intervention from the United States, like the 1983 intervention in Grenada. Dymally asserts that many Caribbean nations denounced the attempted July coup, and asked that members of Congress appeal for stability in the country, denounce government violence against citizens, and demand no U.S. military intervention.

Written by Rigoberto Garcia, History 3450 Fall 2020

Creator

Dymally, Mervyn M.

Source

Mervyn M. Dymally Papers, Special Collections & Archives, California State University, Los Angeles

Publisher

California State University, Los Angeles, Library. Special Collections & Archives

Date

1990-08-03

Rights

NO COPYRIGHT - UNITED STATES

Format

Document

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

Torres_011.01 and Torres_011.02

Citation

Dymally, Mervyn M. , “Letter from Mervyn Dymally to fellow members of congress, 1990,” California State University - Los Angeles, accessed May 18, 2024, https://calstatela-exhibits.libraryhost.com/items/show/31.