JLP calls for calm and restraint amid fears of violence

THE governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is calling for calm and restraint amid what it says are incidents calculated to create fear and panic.

Among other incidents yesterday a threat was made to firebomb the police in Mountain View, East Kingston. A police armoured personnel carrier was also shot-up in Denham Town, West Kingston.

“The rule of law and the maintenance of public order in the interest of all citizens, the JLP said, is the fundamental priority of this Government,” said a statement from the party today.

The JLP was speaking amid the climate of fear arising from the arrest warrant issued for reputed Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who is to be extradited to the United States on gun and drug trafficking charges.

Thugs in his West Kingston community have barricaded entrances into the community and are preventing residents from leaving, using them as human shields.

CSEC/CAPE exam centres have been moved from West Kingston because of the standoff.  Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has called for Prime Minister Bruce Golding, Member of Parliament for West Kingston, to intervene personally to help restore normality in his constituency.

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has called up the National Reserves.

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