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#1 May 11, 2018 9:50 am

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The last photo of Maurice Bishop

October 19, 1983.

He is easy to pick out.  It wasn't long after this photo was taken that the Rubicon was crossed.


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#2 May 11, 2018 9:53 am

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Re: The last photo of Maurice Bishop

The man was wearing short pants.  Damn.  He had no idea what was coming.

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#3 May 11, 2018 9:56 am

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Thanks RD. Having agonized, from a distance, at those last days of the Revo as the events unfolded, every memory still, even today, means a great deal considering what Grenadians lost.

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#4 May 11, 2018 10:11 am

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In his new book, Bernard Coard says he was out of the loop on October 19th.  He was having chest pains and heart palpitations and was flat on his back and not involved in any kind of decision making that day.  He was shocked - shocked I tell you! - to find out what happened at Ft. George.

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#5 May 11, 2018 2:21 pm

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RD, I have no reason to query Coard's claim that he was "shocked" about the massacre at Ft. George. But, it has always been of concern to me that during the trial of Coard and the others who were charged for those atrocities, we did not really get any answers from them. Years later, answers, truth, still need to be laid bare for Grenadians and any others who wish to bring closure to the ugly October 19, 1983 events in Grenada.

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#6 May 11, 2018 2:23 pm

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Real Distwalker wrote:

In his new book, Bernard Coard says he was out of the loop on October 19th.  He was having chest pains and heart palpitations and was flat on his back and not involved in any kind of decision making that day.  He was shocked - shocked I tell you! - to find out what happened at Ft. George.

Lying dog. I buy most Revo books, but he ain't getting my dollar.

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#7 May 11, 2018 3:41 pm

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Here is an excerpt so you don't have to.  Morning of October 19, 1983...

Bernard Coard wrote:

Fort Frederick is a Fort that I had explored thoroughly as a child. My school’s cub-scout pack would explore the many underground tunnels at the Fort on our frequent visits. By the standards of tiny Grenada, Fort Frederick is huge. There are several levels, starting with its entrance a few feet from the main road and right next to the Mental Hospital, which was itself a military fort prior to being converted into a hospital. At its widest, the walls of the Fort stretch a distance, I estimate, of about one hundred and fifty yards, with buildings of various shapes and sizes, and steps at some points to take one from one level to another.

On arrival at Fort Frederick, Phyl and I and my PS men are escorted by a soldier stationed there to the extreme right section of the Fort, up a few levels to reach that point, nearly the full 150 yard length of the structure. My lower back is screaming out in protest as I climb. I a m also clutching my chest with one hand. The pain there, I believe, is just ‘gas’ – I had not eaten breakfast.

We enter one of the tunnels of my youthful exploration, where there are two rooms; one of which the army unit there normally uses for radio communication with other army units. We are escorted to the other. At my request, soldiers bring in a bunk bed, and I ease myself gently onto it, lying flat on my back to reduce the searing pain.

What the hell is happening? I ask myself as I lie silently on the bunk bed. Maurice and a huge crowd have gone onto Fort Rupert! Why Fort Rupert? Why not the Market Square where there are already microphones set up? What is he planning? Why has he decided to abandon negotiations, when the CC has backed down virtually completely? What is the point of this?

The questions keep coming; the answers do not. I simply cannot wrap my head around what is happening. I a m exhausted, physically shattered. Mentally, my brain is resisting my efforts to concentrate, to think. I simply a m not able to comprehend fully what has just occurred, and to focus on what might happen next.

He goes on to explain in detail how things happened around him while he stayed in a state of confusion and physical distress.

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#8 May 11, 2018 3:56 pm

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New Historian wrote:
Real Distwalker wrote:

In his new book, Bernard Coard says he was out of the loop on October 19th.  He was having chest pains and heart palpitations and was flat on his back and not involved in any kind of decision making that day.  He was shocked - shocked I tell you! - to find out what happened at Ft. George.

Lying dog. I buy most Revo books, but he ain't getting my dollar.

You said it right on both counts.

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#9 May 11, 2018 4:07 pm

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Even that I can't waste my precious 10 seconds on. If he was to man up, admit the truth and tell what they did to the bodies, I'd read it. But this lily-livered excuse is pathetic. You tell me the biggest moment in his life and he's got "gas"? Oh friggin please.

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#10 May 11, 2018 4:15 pm

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Here is some Graves Registration reports I recently acquired.


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