Grand Case French Saint Martin Gibbs’ speech Dear friends, good morning to all,
If there is an appointment to our community that I particularly like, it is the party of grand-Case.
It follows a few days from the celebration of 14 July and the celebration of the motto of our nation and our Republic, to register in the same spirit, more local, both solemn and user-friendly, to celebrate the unity of A Village and an island proud of its heritage.
A heavy legacy to wear, for the grand-Case celebration is dedicated to Victor Schœlcher, whose determination and strength of conviction prompted the provisional government of the second republic to sign the 2th decree on the abolition of slavery , April 27, 1848.
The big box party is also that of the village, its inhabitants and its beautiful traditions, and I thank all the people – and they will recognize – who have contributed to the organization on the side of community services, for Make this celebration a success.
This celebration of the grand-Case celebration compels us to a free reading of the world around us. With the daily problems that are ours, but also by keeping all our clear-sightedness on modern slavery – the exploitation of human beings, the trafficking of organs, prostitution, begging and forced labour – which exists in our Country in 2017.
It takes diffuse, opaque forms against which it is difficult to fight, as the independent body of the national consultative commission on human rights is reminded of, but which we must all be aware of.More French Sxm
This celebration of the grand-Case celebration also compels us to a duty of memory, not only to this great man Victor Schœlcher of course, but to all those and all of them, from delgrès to toussaint louverture, who fought To Guarantee all and forever a free human status.
I am also thinking of the abolitionist mp Auguste-François Périnon, who lived and died in Saint Martin in 1861, and who fought alongside Victor Schoelcher for the abolition of slavery in the West Indies.
Let us therefore bear in mind that slavery would have been abolished naturally, in the philanthropic and Republican wake of a Paris guided by the humanist “lights” of the 18th and 19th century or in the comfortable chairs of the hémicycles.
No, it is the marronnages and insurrections that have fait the system in place and have questioned its economic profitability and his.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Let us remember that freedom has not been granted to slaves: these men and women, our ancestors, have conquered it, they have taken it from the strength of their convictions and fighting.
And through the recognition that we are sending this morning to Victor Schœlcher, it is the testimony of our solidarity and respect for the struggles of our forefathers for more freedom, less oppression and to escape bondage, to which i wish Pay tribute this morning.
The tone is very serious, you will tell me, to officially open this long weekend of celebration. For three days, Grand-Case and grand-Casiens are at the party.
I invite you to enjoy these privileged moments where he is so good together, in joy and in friendship.
Traditional boat races, games of yesteryear, musical animations: so much time for a weekend that i wish to see take place in the greatest safety.
And then there will be fireworks tonight at 21, a very long time for our people.
I therefore call on everyone to be responsible for this 21 July to be crowned with success and no incident.
I would like once again to thank all community officials and volunteers from the associations of Saint Martin who have mobilized to offer you this weekend of celebration.
To all and all, I wish a very beautiful big-Case party.