Video: Jamaica: Protests when William and Kate visit

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Jamaica: Protests against William and Kate’s visit

Storyline: Duchess Kate and Prince William arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday on their trip through the Caribbean. They were received at the airport by official figures and a military band played. The reason for the royal couple’s one-week trip is the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. Similar to the first leg of the trip in Belize, the visit was overshadowed by protests. Dozens gathered outside the British High Commission headquarters in Kingston, singing traditional Rastafari songs and holding banners. The demonstrators demanded compensation for slavery and an apology. Hundreds of thousands of Africans were brought to Jamaica and exploited as slaves in what was then the British colony. “I shout to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and all the royal family that the time for redemption is now.” “Because at the beginning of our independence we were economically weak after we were plundered by the monarchy. Today we live on this wealth.” In a speech, the protesters also urged the Queen’s removal from her post as head of state in the Caribbean nation. After their visit to Jamaica, Kate and William are expected to arrive in the Bahamas this weekend.

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Protesters demanded reparations for slavery and an apology from the British Crown.

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