Stealing a Nation (John Pilger, 2004)

Listed by Hot Docs TV @ Jun 7, 2014 - 05:23:09 AM

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A compelling documentary about the indigenous population of Chagos Islands, brutally deported in secret from their homeland by British governments in the late 60s and 70s - all to make way for an American military base. 

" Before the Americans came, more than 2,000 people lived on the islands in the Indian Ocean, many with roots back to the late 18th century. There were thriving villages, a school, a hospital, a church, a railway and an undisturbed way of life. The islands were, and still are, a British crown colony. In the 1960s, the government of Harold Wilson struck a secret deal with the United States to hand over the main island of Diego Garcia. The Americans demanded that the surrounding islands be "swept" and "sanitized". Unknown to Parliament and to the US Congress and in breach of the United Nations Charter, the British Government plotted with Washington to expel the entire population. "

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