Genocide in the service of Empire. British-US style. The Chagos…
February 12, 2019 § 1 Comment
Map of the Chagos Archipelago
Location of the Chagos Archipelago (circled)
|Major islands||Diego Garcia, Peros Banhos, Salomon Islands, Egmont Islands|
|British Indian Ocean Territory (UK)|
|Capital and largest settlement||Eclipse Point Town (3,000)|
|Outer Islands||Chagos Archipelago|
|Population||3,000 (as of 2014)|
The Chagos Archipelago (/ˈtʃɑːɡəs, –ɡoʊs/) or Chagos Islands (formerly the Bassas de Chagas, and later the Oil Islands) are a group of seven atolls comprising more than 60 individual tropical islands in the Indian Ocean about 500 kilometres (310 mi) south of the Maldives archipelago. This chain of islands is the southernmost archipelago of the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge, a long submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean.
Officially part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, the Chagos were home to the Chagossians, a Bourbonnais Creole-speaking people, for more than a century and a half until the United Kingdom evicted them between 1967 and 1973 to allow the United States to build a military base on Diego Garcia, the largest of the Chagos Islands. Since 1971, only the atoll of Diego Garcia is inhabited, and only by military and civilian contracted personnel.
The sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago is disputed between the UK and Mauritius. The United Kingdom excised the archipelago from Mauritian territory in 1965, three years before Mauritius gained independence in 1968.
The British, bootlickers to the US imperial project.