British Guiana: A Nearness to Civil War

A general strike has been raging in British Guiana for eleven weeks against the regime of Marxist Prime Minister Cheddi Jagan. The bitter division of the colony between the Negroes and the East Indians (still loyal to their countryman Jagan) is worsening. Violence is spreading from the Georgetown capital to the countryside, where en raged mobs of anti-Jagan Negroes battle with the East Indian farmers.

As the fighting continued, Jagan appointed his wife, Chicago-born Janet Rosenberg, a onetime Young Communist Leaguer and the colony's most controversial woman, to be Minister of Home Affairs, making her, in effect, British Guiana's top...

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