Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency

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PostMon May 24, 2010 11:32 pm » by Kingz



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JAMAICAN authorities say they are putting Kingston and surrounding areas under a state of emergency as police fight armed gangs trying to stop the arrest of a reputed gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke sought for possible extradition to the US.

A police officer and a civilian were wounded by gunfire in street clashes and three police stations came under attack in the city, police said today.

One police station was set on fire after police abandoned it having run out of bullets, they added.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding held an emergency meeting with his cabinet today and issued a State of Emergency for Kingston and St. Andrew, set to take effect at 6pm (9am AEST today) in this Caribbean nation of about 2.8 million.

The Government said the state of emergency will last for at least a month.
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Unrest in Jamaica continues

Jamaica's prime minister vowed tough action against a frenzy of gang violence in Kingston

At least two police officers have been killed and six others wounded after a spasm of violence broke out in Jamaica.

Gangs took up arms to fight US calls to extradite a popular alleged drug lord on Monday, just hours after Bruce Golding, Jamaica's prime minister, imposed a state of emergency the previous day.

The emergency, which went into effect at 23:00 GMT on Sunday, covers the western part of Kingston, the Jamaican capital, and St Andrew districts where gunmen fired on two police stations and threw firebombs at another.

Bruce Golding, the Jamaican prime minister, promised a tough response to armed gangs fueling the unrest.

"The criminal element who have placed the society under siege will not be allowed to triumph," Golding said on Monday in a televised address.

The attackers were suspected supporters of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who the government is hunting over a US extradition request.

Intense gunfire
Elon Parkinson, a presenter on Jamaica's 90 FM radio station, told Al Jazeera: "There is intense gunfire and buildings are being hit by mortar shells. A drone is flying over the area ostensibly identifying targets and as soon as they are identified, soldiers start pelting their houses. So far, five people are said to have been killed and a number of houses have been hit.

"Where it concerns negotiations regarding Mr Coke's surrender - hopes are fading. His loyals indicated to us about an hour ago that any deal between the US and Jamaican authorities would be almost impossible, especially with the way the onslaught is taking place," he said.

Parkison said that 'Coke' has concerns about going into Jamaican custody because his father was supposed to be extradited in 1992.

While being held at a general penitentiary, Coke's father was burnt to death in his prison cell because of what police alleged to be a fire accident.

Barricades
Streets into the Tivoli Gardens area of West Kingston have been barricaded.

Police have called the barricades, which supporters have used to transform the area into a virtual fortress, an "act of cowardice" and urged Coke to turn himself in.

Tensions in Jamaica rose over the last week after the prime minister reversed his long-standing refusal to extradite Coke to the US on drugs and arms-trafficking charges.

US prosecutors describe Coke as the leader of the "Shower Posse" that murdered hundreds of people by showering them with bullets during the cocaine wars of the 1980s.

Relations between Jamaica and the US grew strained when Jamaica ignored an earlier extradition request for Coke, who is a supporter of the ruling Jamaica Labour party and wields influence in the volatile inner city constituency that Golding represents.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/ameri ... 80139.html
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PostMon May 24, 2010 11:34 pm » by Kingz


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RussiaToday — 24 mei 2010 — Jamaica's Prime Minister has denounced unrest in the capital Kingston as a 'deliberate assault on the authorities' by gang members. A state of emergency has been declared in parts of the city, after supporters of an alleged drug lord took to the streets to stop him from being arrested. Christopher Dudus Coke could face extradition to the U.S. where he's wanted on drugs trafficking and gun-running charges. The trouble began last week, after Jamaica reversed its refusal to hand the man over to the U.S.


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PostTue Jun 08, 2010 7:32 pm » by Cognitae


Does anyone know how this ended up being resolved? Are we looking at another Contra scandal?
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PostTue Jun 08, 2010 7:48 pm » by Flecktarn


have they run out of weed and reggy music and rum :lol: :lol:
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PostTue Jun 08, 2010 7:53 pm » by Flecktarn


the uk army had a trainingteam in jamaica training the military and the feedback was ,,,,god help them if it kicks off ,,,,,well it looks like its kicked off ,the country is violent with shootings stabbings and acid attacks ,by men and women ,the police and military got a hard task ahead ,,,looks like a job for a pmc soon
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PostTue Jun 08, 2010 8:03 pm » by Cornbread714


cognitae wrote:Does anyone know how this ended up being resolved? Are we looking at another Contra scandal?


They didn't catch the guy and 73 people were killed in the shootouts.

http://go-jamaica.com/news/read_article.php?id=19964

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Internation ... 275952304/

The story is being played down a bit, I think, to keep Jamaica's tourist industry from collapsing.

At any rate, this shit happens far from the pina colada sippers in Montego Bay resorts.

The neighborhoods protect the drug bosses, because the drug lords appear to do more good in the community than the corrupt government or corrupt police ever have.

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PostTue Jun 08, 2010 8:10 pm » by Phaeton


They said on the news days ago he gave himself up if I remember correctly.
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music"
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PostTue Jun 08, 2010 8:11 pm » by Cornbread714


phaeton wrote:They said on the news days ago he gave himself up if I remember correctly.


I looked all over and haven't seen that. I could be wrong, though.

The second link I posted, from the UPI, is datelined today and says he is still at large.

*EDIT* sorry, it was datelined yesterday.
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PostTue Jun 08, 2010 8:20 pm » by Phaeton


Checked it.. The head of the article says He gave himself up.. when you actually read it it says they expect him to give himself up. Now I read another source saying he fled the country.
Cant trust these media basterds anymore.. at all.. You gotta check everyhing for yourself gddmnt. :censored:

http://www.parool.nl/parool/nl/225/BUITENLAND/article/detail/296921/2010/05/28/Jamaicaanse-drugsbaron-geeft-zich-over.dhtml

Addition: the New York Daily News reported on this last friday the article says.
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music"
"All our science measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - yet, in contemporary consensus, its the most precious thing we have"


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PostTue Jun 08, 2010 8:44 pm » by Cornbread714


Jamaicans have a fondness for colorful outlaws.

One of their folk heroes was a guy named Rhyging, who was the model for the Jimmy Cliff character in The Harder They Come, one of my all-time favorite movies, not to mention the brilliant soundtrack.

Ivanhoe "Rhyging" Martin was a Jamaican outlaw and folk hero who died at age 24 of gunshot wounds sustained during a shootout with police officers on September 9, 1948, in Lime Cay, Jamaica. Rhyging is regarded as the initial rudeboy.
Often alluded to historically as the "Jamaican Dillinger", Martin managed to escape from prison, elude a massive dragnet, and live a life of crime for years with the help of the Jamaican public before his last stand at Lime Cay.
The term rhyging is a Jamaican patois word meaning wild, hot, or bad. Martin was nicknamed this by the locals due to his flamboyant criminal activities.
Rhyging's acts made him a folk hero for the poverty-stricken residents of the Jamaican ghettos of the 1940s. Ska musician Jimmy Cliff referred to him as a sort of Jamaican Robin Hood, who was "very much on the side of the people".
Rhyging continues to play a role in Jamaican culture as a duppy (bogeyman) used to scare children.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyging


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