Jahajee Massacre walk on today
The public is being called to join in today’s walk from Chaguanas to Mon Repos in San Fernando, in commemoration of the Jahajee Massacre, in which indentured labourers were killed by colonial forces on October 30, 1884.
The National Walk of Determination celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, the Jahajee Massacre Committee said in a press release last week.
One of the highlights of this year’s event is the attempt by Hindu elder, Ravi-ji, to complete the walk for his tenth year.
On the day of the massacre, the colonial military opened gunfire on a procession of indentured labourers who were carrying ‘tadjas’ to submerge in the water at San Fernando Wharf.
They were shot at Les Efforts, at approximately 3 p.m., as they defied a ban to enter the southern town of San Fernando.
Half an hour later, the military again opened fire on a similar procession on Royal Road.
Some lay dead on the road while others ran into the cane fields.
To date, four male corpses remain unidentified, bringing the recorded total dead to 22 men.
“The National Walk of Determination commemorates the spirit of determination of the jahajees in the face of the ban and stern warning from the colonial administration,” the Committee stated.
The walk begins under the Chaguanas Flyover at 6 a.m. and proceeds along the south-bound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway.
Walkers will arrive at the Mon Repos destination by 12.30 p.m.
The public is also welcome to join a reception for those who complete ‘The Walk’ at Royal Road, close to Mon Repos Police Station.
An open-air interfaith ceremony will be followed with readings from various documents relating to the events leading up to the shootings and what followed.
The event is being held in association with the Mayor’s Office of San Fernando.