Jamaica PM Would Like Apology From UK for Slavery

Portia Simpson Miller calls history 'wicked and brutal'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2012 2:41 PM CST
Jamaica PM Would Like Apology From UK for Slavery
People's National Party leader Portia Simpson Miller (2nd-L) takes the oath of office as Jamaica's new prime minister from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (3rd-L) on January 5, 2012, in Kingston.   (Getty Images)

Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller didn't mince words when asked yesterday about her country's history with Britain—just as Prince Harry arrived in the country for a visit. "No race should have been subjected to what our ancestors were subjected to," Miller said, according to the Telegraph. "It was wicked and brutal. … If Britain wishes to apologize, fine with us."

The queen is still officially Jamaica's head of state, and Miller wants that to change, with the commonwealth transitioning to a full republic. "We came on a long journey, from slavery to adult suffrage to our independence," she said. "We are a nation where our maturity is now." But she added, "It's not about getting rid of the queen—who could get rid of the queen? She is a wonderful, beautiful lady. The decision to become a republic shouldn't be taken in the context of us wanting to get rid of the queen." (More Jamaica stories.)

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