9TH OCTOBER

9th October 1953 – The British governor of Guiana announces the suspension of the constitution and the overthrow of the country’s first democratically elected government after 700 British troops land and three warships anchor off the coast.  This followed the election of the People’s Progressive Party, committed to a policy of land reform and income redistribution, in April. This was seen as a threat to British financial and strategic interests and so London resorted to armed intervention on the pretext of “preserving the peace.”

 

 

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