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Suriname celebrated Maroon Day on Sunday October 10, 2010. Festivities were held both in Suriname and its Diaspora. It was a day of speeches, flower offerings, food, drink and dance.
Most notable was the speech of the director of the government department of Regional Development, Patricia Meulenhof. She called for a rewriting of history, stating: “It is time Maroons rewrote the history of their resistance against white oppression. Surinamese children must appreciate that slaves took flight to the jungle in order to have a better life, free of slave masters.”
Meulenhof made her speech during formal celebrations at October 10 Square in Paramaribo, where President Desi Bouterse revealed a monument.
October 10 celebrates the victory of Maroons over the Dutch slave masters. Although this war saw many battles and various peace treaties, October 10 in particular commemorates the signing of a peace treaty on October 10, 1760.
Last year, then president Ronald Venetiaan promised the Maroon community that as of 10-10-2010 Maroon Day would be an official holiday in Suriname. He did so upon request of the Foundation October 10. Since then, however, a new government has taken seat. The current rulers have yet to issue a clear statement on whether or not Maroon Day will eventually become a national holiday.