They see benevolence rather than crime
A noticeable feature of last Thursday’s demonstration in support of Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was that the majority of protestors were women.
In what was obviously a well-organised effort, the women — most dressed in white T-shirts — were very vocal in their praise of Coke’s benevolence and firmly told the authorities to leave him alone. A female protestor displays on her T-shirt her message, and that of her colleagues, to the Jamaican authorities.
They were prepared, they said, to die for the man who the United States Government has accused of trafficking in guns and drugs and for whom the Americans submitted an extradition request in August 2009.
The authority to proceed with that request was signed last Tuesday by the Jamaican Government which spent the past nine months squabbling with the US over the matter, in the process damaging diplomatic relations between Kingston and Washington.