Guyana: Under Five Colors

Near the speaker's stand in Georgetown's Queen Elizabeth Park, Negro Prime Minister Forbes Burnham threw both arms around his bitterest enemy, the Marxist ex-Prime Minister Cheddi Jagan. Moments later, the lights dimmed, a band struck up God Save the Queen, and in solemn midnight darkness the Union Jack, which had flown over British Guiana for 152 years, slid slowly down the pole—to be replaced by a new five-color (green, red, yellow, black, white) flag. Thus—with the Duke and Duchess of Kent looking on as Britain's official representatives—did the tiny, oven-hot colony mark its independence last week and start life...

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