Human shields in Tivoli

A resident of the community shows her support for Tivoli strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who is facing extradition to the United States

‘Dudus’ supporters fire first volley in show of defiance

IN a day of high tension in West Kingston, thugs held residents of Tivoli Gardens, the power base of strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, as potential human shields and mounted deadly barricades to keep security forces at bay.

Their rear guard action came as Government officers signed the arrest warrant for Coke, and 48 hours after Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced he would let the courts decide on the United States extradition request for the man alleged to be among the most lethal drug and arms traffickers.

Near nightfall, the Jamaican authorities responded by summoning the Army Reserves, a clear sign that it was taking seriously the manoeuvres in Tivoli Gardens, ironically in the prime minister’s Jamaica Labour Party constituency.

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