British Guiana: Cheddi Against the Field

The East Indian speakers at the rally could barely be heard above the din. Tough-looking Portuguese and Negro youths swaggered about the parade grounds in the Georgetown capital—heckling, booing and shouting obscenities. When the last East Indian speaker stepped up, the mob advanced to the platform, disconnecting the public address system and defying the outnumbered East Indians to do anything. Then the hecklers swarmed toward a car, nearly lynching an East Indian driver because someone shouted: "He's got a gun." The gun was a toy pistol.

Reason behind this and similar riots...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!