A piece of Dominica’s past is rearing its head in Canada with a man, who was once involved in a failed plot to overthrow the government of Dominica in the early 1980’s, being reported missing after a farmhouse fire.
Urmas Aarni Polli, 59, was involved with a group of U.S. and Canadian mercenaries who tried to overthrow the government of the island in 1981.
The plan failed when the FBI was tipped off and the ship hired to transport the men never left the dock in New Orleans.
Media reports indicate that Polli and a woman was in a house near Annan, Ontario which was destroyed by fire last Friday evening.
One body was found and the search continues for a second. The identity of the victim has not been confirmed by police.
It has been confirmed that Polli was part of the plot to takeover Dominica about 35 years ago.
In what became known as “Operation Red Dog,” the plan was to overthrow the government of Eugenia Charles and restore former prime minister Patrick John with the help of Canadian and American mercenaries who were largely affiliated with white supremacist and Ku Klux Klan groups in both Toronto and the southern United States.
John was forced to resign in 1979 after a popular uprising against his Administration.
The invasion was also meant to transform Dominica into a white supremacist nation.
The group was led by an American Mike Perdue, along with German-Canadian neo-Nazi Wolfgang Droege and a Barbadian weapons smuggler.
U.S. officials learned of the plan, infiltrated the group and arrested those involved at the dock in New Orleans where they had planned to board a ship for Dominica.