British Guiana: Bring on the Tommies

The first time Cheddi Jagan, 43, the East Indian dentist-turned-politician, won the prime ministership of British Guiana in 1953, his aggressive Marxism and strident anti-imperialism so outraged Her Majesty's government that 1,600 British troops landed in Georgetown to throw him out of office. Now, still breathing defiance of imperialism, Jagan is Prime Minister again, and last week had to call on British tommies for help—to save him from mobs roaming the streets calling for Cheddi Jagan's hide.

British Guiana is divided by a long-festering racial struggle between the 294,000 rural East Indians, who gave Jagan his majority, and the 187,000...

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