At the opening of the newly christened, Maurice Bishop International Airport on Friday, May 29, Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, paid tribute to his friend and comrade.
PM Gonsalves told the audience that the decision to rename the Point Salines International airport after Bishop, was a symbolic gesture that can lessen the pain of having never been able to give him an official burial.
Bishop, who would have celebrated his 65th birthday on Friday, was shot and killed along with other members of his People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) in October 1983, four years after his New Jewel Movement (NJM) had taken over the government from then Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy in the first-ever coup in an English-speaking Caribbean country.
Gonsalves’ speech is divided into two videos:
Tribute to Maurice Bishop by PM Ralph Gonsalves – Part I
Tribute to Maurice Bishop by PM Ralph Gonsalves – Part II