Rastafarians want meeting with Britain's queen
"Colonialization has disfigured us and we deserve some response to what
been through," Sam Clayton, head of the cultural group Mystic Revelation of
Rastafari, said Sunday. "We think the queen can make a significant contribution."
The queen arrives Monday for a three-day visit to the Caribbean island.
Rastafarians in Jamaica have been asking for repatriation from the British
since the 1960s, when a delegation from the community presented a petition to the
Clayton said he met with the queen during her last visit to Jamaica nearly
ago, but he said the topic of repatriation never came up. He said he plans to deliver
a letter to her on the issue.
"We have faith that she will listen, she is a gracious queen," Clayton said.
Other Rastafarians are planning peaceful demonstrations at places the queen
scheduled to visit.
Rastafarianism's many sects worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie,
many Rastas advocate a return to Africa.
The religion emerged in Jamaica and spread throughout the Caribbean in
out of the anger felt by descendants of slaves with the colonial powers' oppression
Adherents are often noted for their dreadlocks and use of marijuana, which
followers believe aids meditation.
Copyright 2002 The Associated Press.