Pirates Of The Caribbean movie-makers have been attacked by Dominica's native Carib Indians for portraying them as cannibals in the upcoming adventure sequel.

After talks with Disney producers, Carib Chief CHARLES WILLIAMS has expressed concern there is "a strong element of cannibalism in the script which cannot be removed".

The Caribs - who number around 3,000 of the 70,000 population on the Caribbean island - have always stringently denied any history of cannibalism among their people.

Williams says, "Our ancestors stood up against early European conquerors and because they stood up... we were labelled savages and cannibals up to today.

"This cannot be perpetuated in movies."

Filming of the sequel and a third film is due to begin on a number of Caribbean islands - including Dominica - in April (05).

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley will reprise the roles they played in the first film, which took $305 million (GBP162 million) at the box office after its 2003 release.

14/02/2005 14:10