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What are the causes of the Burma road riot in 1942?

causes of the Burma road riot

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The Burma Road riots of 1942 were started due to a labor dispute. At the time there was a lot of political unrest in the colonial Bahamas related to political rights, labor rights and race relations. In addition, local government agencies capped wages at rates not seen since 1936 for those that were working on the wartime air bases in Nassau. That was enough spark riots that started on Bay Street and in the over-the-hill area of New Providence.

"It spoke to the growing dissatisfaction of the Bahamas’ black majority with the (very real if relatively mild) system of apartheid that hemmed them in politically, economically and socially. It demonstrated the willingness of the hitherto silent black majority to stand up to their colonial masters and the local ruling white oligarchy. It signaled the beginning of the end of second class citizenship for blacks in the Bahamas."

In the end, two rioters were killed by British troops and more than 40 people were injured.

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