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State of emergency declared in Jamaican capital
The Times ^ | 5/24/2010

Posted on 05/23/2010 8:15:17 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

Jamaican authorities placed Kingston under a state of emergency and urged people to leave the city’s roughest neighbourhoods overnight, as police clashed with armed gangs over the possible extradition of a drug suspect to the United States.

A police officer and a civilian were wounded by gunfire in street clashes and three police stations came under attack in the city, while women and children were told to evacuate. One police station was set ablaze after police abandoned it ran out of bullets, police said.

Authorities alleged that gunmen from various communities across the Caribbean country of 2.8 million had joined forces with criminal elements in Tivoli Gardens in a bid to protect reputed gang leader, Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

“It is now clear that criminal elements are determined to launch coordinated attacks on the security forces,” police warned in a statement.

With tensions soaring, they added, “all decent and law-abiding residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town are been asked to leave those respective communities immediately.”

Residents asked to leave were directed to buses which would take them to a safe location. But many telephoned radio stations insisting that they feared for their lives, and could not leave.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding held an emergency meeting with his cabinet Sunday and issued a State of Emergency for Kingston and St. Andrew that came into effect at 6pm (2300 GMT) and will last for at least a month.

Trouble began earlier this week in Kingston after the government approved a US extradition request for Coke, a reputed gang boss and local community leader wanted on drug and gun trafficking charges.

Thousands of Coke supporters took to the streets on Thursday amid police reports gangs in the area were amassing weapons and had erected barricades in the street to prevent Coke’s detention, after

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ganja; jamaica; rum

1 posted on 05/23/2010 8:15:17 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman
Awww crap. Of all the countries I've been to Jamaica is my favorite.
2 posted on 05/23/2010 8:17:49 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Didn’t they have some fighting last year too? or was that a few years ago?


3 posted on 05/23/2010 8:17:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: bruinbirdman

World’s goin’ to Hell in a handcart.


4 posted on 05/23/2010 8:20:11 PM PDT by poindexter
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To: bruinbirdman

Obama’s new DNI.


5 posted on 05/23/2010 8:21:28 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: bruinbirdman

Impossible. It’s against the law to own guns in Jamaica.


6 posted on 05/23/2010 8:22:19 PM PDT by motor_racer (That which you manifest is before you.)
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To: bruinbirdman
Thousands of Coke supporters took to the streets on Thursday amid police reports gangs in the area were amassing weapons

A bunch of Coke heads, no doubt.

7 posted on 05/23/2010 8:22:45 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: bruinbirdman

Was Coke trafficking in pot or coke?;)


8 posted on 05/23/2010 8:24:31 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: bruinbirdman

If they raise hell over Coke, just wait till they get New Coke.


9 posted on 05/23/2010 8:25:04 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: poindexter

If only Jamaica shared a border with us, they could just come here.


10 posted on 05/23/2010 8:25:58 PM PDT by RepublicanMeansAmerican
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To: bruinbirdman

Some people here wanted a drug war, and that’s what they’re getting now in Jamaica, and Mexico, and a lot of other places. I hope they’re happy.


11 posted on 05/23/2010 8:29:26 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: bruinbirdman

The place is getting as bad as Chicago.


12 posted on 05/23/2010 8:32:34 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: poindexter
"State of Emergency for Kingston and St. Andrew that came into effect at 6pm (2300 GMT) and will last for at least a month."

That's some serious martial law. Long enough to mobilize.

yitbos

13 posted on 05/23/2010 8:39:53 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: bruinbirdman
a girl i used to work with went to some fenced in compound there for her honeymoon last year and spent a TON of money doing it but never left the fence other that going from and to the airport as it was tooo dangerous...

i told the silly cow she could of gone to fla. and saved all that money and just tell people she went the sh!thole and they'd never know the difference

14 posted on 05/23/2010 8:42:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: bruinbirdman

I thought things went better with Coke.


15 posted on 05/23/2010 8:43:17 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: coloradan

Americans, Canadians and Europeans use the drugs, that’s why we have these issues in these foreign lands. The US could try legalizing the stuff and sellling the stuff dirt cheap to destroy the demand from these ruffians but I’m not sure that wouldn’t stop the fighting.


16 posted on 05/23/2010 8:53:04 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: mdmathis6
The US could try legalizing the stuff and sellling the stuff dirt cheap to destroy the demand from these ruffians

That would make far too much sense.

17 posted on 05/23/2010 8:56:49 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: mdmathis6

Legalizing alcohol stopped the speakeasies from being machine-gunned by the gangsters. Considering how spiders under the influence of various substances weave webs (a popular thread for today and yesterday) I don’t see why drugs today should be any different than alcohol in the 30s.


18 posted on 05/23/2010 9:02:00 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Lurker

Same here!!!


19 posted on 05/23/2010 9:07:31 PM PDT by SierraWasp ("Contempt of Congress" used to be a minor crime. Now it's a badge of honor!!!)
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To: Lurker
Awww crap. Of all the countries I've been to Jamaica is my favorite.

Of all the countries I've been to, and the ones I've never been to and never wanted to visit, my best friend picks this compost pile to get married in. And I bought our tickets.

Hopefully in the next 6 months, the fascist authorities will quell the local barbarians long enough for my friends to say their vows, tan me, and get the hell outta there.

If not, do the right thing.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

20 posted on 05/23/2010 9:12:47 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: poindexter

>> World’s goin’ to Hell in a handcart.

Actually, Junkmaica has been there for some time now. When I used to fly there in the ‘70s, a common expression was “Black man day come” (The Black man’s day is coming). Guess it’s here?


21 posted on 05/23/2010 9:35:34 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: bruinbirdman

we are paying for all this.

f... bush and his war on drugs


22 posted on 05/23/2010 9:48:20 PM PDT by element92
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To: QBFimi; Chode
Communist Castro lover Michael Manley thought he would establish the socialist paradise back in 1972. Since, Jamaica had a conservative respite only during the Reagan/Thatcher years '80-'89.

yitbos

23 posted on 05/23/2010 9:52:59 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: pnh102

BWWWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!


24 posted on 05/23/2010 10:29:13 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: The Comedian
I lived just outside of Kingston in the summer of 1981. Manley had just been deposed, and over 1500 policemen were killed during the fighting. Seems the dirty communist and his acolytes did’t want to give up power.

These two slums are in Kingston and even locals didn't go there, but we had to drive thru them to go to the other side of the island.

The resorts are mostly on the other side of the island, and the closest crime comes to the resorts is locals kids selling pot to tourists, pinching white women at the beach or a traffic accident to/from the airport. The hotels and resorts take security very seriously, but serious crime can still happen just not too often.

And don't forget the pickpockets, available in almost any tourist trap.

25 posted on 05/24/2010 6:31:15 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: bruinbirdman

I’ve got an Internet acquaintance on the ground there, the son of an Air Jamaica pilot. He’s saying Kingston is chaotic right now, gunshots ringing out, thugs setting up roadblocks, police stations being brazenly attacked by bands of criminals with assault rifles. The Jamaican government has deployed the army in support of the police (several of whom have already been killed in the past few days) and is moving on Coke’s stronghold in Tivoli Gardens. He said local news is reporting explosions (grenades) and even possibly that a military aircraft dropped a bomb on the area, but that’s unconfirmed.

It is a total and utter mess and all the locals are keeping their heads down. No word on what’s going on in the tourist areas, or if Americans there are in any danger.

}:-)4


26 posted on 05/24/2010 11:52:38 AM PDT by Moose4 (November 2, 2010--the day that "YES WE CAN" becomes "OH NO YOU DIN'T")
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