The Gombey Liberation Party
(GLP) is a grassroots political party
that contested the 2003 general election
. The party did not contest the subsequent 2007 election and seems to be defunct, having never attained a seat in the Bermuda Parliament
24 year old artist and musician Gavin Sundjata Smith
, the only known member, created the GLP with the assistance of his brother Corin, a former member of the youth wing of the Progressive Labour Party
and future United Bermuda Party
candidate, and used the name of a type of local dancer, the Gombey
, to attract interest in the party.
Under the slogan, "The Power of One", the GLP's political platform — directed towards the Bermudian youth — revolved around removing the remnants of colonialism and British influence from Bermuda. Much of this influence comes in the form of the Governor of Bermuda
, whom Smith claimed was consolidating his power — backed by a conservative neo-colonial
movement — over the Bermuda Police Service
, the Bermuda Regiment
and the legal and banking systems.
GLP intended to use "therapeutic" instead of "adversarial" measures to attain its goals, including civic engagement and a balance between "grassroots values" and "establishment priorities":Grassroots values