• Barbados Declares New Republic, Renouncing British Crown

    The ceremony was led by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the leader of Barbados 'republican movement'

    Barbados on Tuesday became a republic, ditching the British monarch as its head of state and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island.

    Barbados has cast the removal of Elizabeth II, as a way to finally break with the demons of its colonial history. She is still the queen of 15 other realms including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Jamaica.

    The new republic was born to the cheers of hundreds of people lining Chamberlain Bridge in the capital, Bridgetown at the strike of midnight. The dazzling night was completed with a display of Barbadian dance and music, speeches celebrating the end of colonialism followed by Sandra Mason sworn in as Barbados's first president in the shadow of Barbados's parliament.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Winston Farrell, a Barbadian poet said, "Full stop this colonial page. Some have grown up stupid under the Union Jack, lost in the castle of their skin."

    "It is about us, rising out of the cane fields, reclaiming our history," he said. "End all that she mean, put a Bajan there instead."

    With the birth of the republic, Barbados unclasps almost all the colonial bonds that have kept the tiny island tied to England since an English ship claimed it for King James I in 1625, which is 55 years later since it declared independence.

    The ceremony was led by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the leader of Barbados 'republican movement'. Mottley has won global attention by denouncing the effects of climate change on small Caribbean nations.
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