|1968||On 15 October Walter Rodney (1942–80), a Marxist history lecturer from Guyana at the University of the West Indies, Kingston, since January, was refused reentry in Jamaica after having attended a Black Writers' Conference in Montreal and was sent back to Canada. As a history lecturer, he had organized many popular off-campus lectures for nonacademic audiences, including Rastafarians and the urban poor, in which African history and the concept of Black Power were discussed. This was considered a security threat to the government. The vice chancellor, however, refused to terminate his contract and therefore Rodney was served with a banning order. His writings were banned. In the wake of the ensuing student protests, serious riots (known as the Rodney Riots) took place on 16 and 17 October. The university was kept under a state of siege for over a week. In an emergency debate in the House of Representatives broadcast live throughout Jamaica on radio and television, Prime Minister Hugh Shearer accused Rodney of communist views.|
Also see Guyana (1974–96: Rodney).
Payne, A., "The Rodney Riots in Jamaica: The Background and Significance of the Events of October 1968", Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 1983, no.2: 158–74.
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