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Dozens Dead in Jamaica Standoff

Posted on May 25, 2010
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The death toll rose again in Jamaica on Tuesday, the third day of violent clashes between governmental forces and supporters of Christopher “Dudus” Coke, whom the U.S. is seeking to extradite on gun-running and drug-trafficking charges. The exact body count wasn’t clear, but the Guardian reported that “dozens” were killed in street battles Tuesday as Coke remained in hiding.  —KA

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Thousands of heavily armed police and soldiers have been making their way through the capital’s most violent slums, battling masked gunmen loyal to Mr Coke.

Gangs from slums just outside the capital also joined the fight, erecting barricades on roadways and shooting at troops.

Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, told BBC World Service the government had the situation under control.

“The government is always in control, we’ve never lost control,” he said.

The security forces were acting according to the law, he insisted, adding: “This government is one that is big on protecting human rights.”

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By MeHere, May 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment


You’re right that in so many places the only hope for the poorest people lies in
the benevolence of powerful figures engaged in criminal activities.

The decent thing for the US would have been to abandon the demand to extradite
C. D. Coke. We all know by now that after one drug lord disappears another one
will take his place. It’s been like that for many years.  Doesn’t our government
know that?  Why cause so much death and misery?  It is appalling.  Drug lords are not the cause of the drug problem but rather a by-product of drug addiction, criminalization laws, social and economic problems, and political interests.

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By rico, suave, May 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

This post is 24 hours old and has garnered 4 comments. If the headline had read “Dozens Dead in Gaza Standoff” there would have been over fifty.

Who gives a shit about some drugged out black rastafarians killed by a bunch of black fascist cops?

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By dogdazed, May 25, 2010 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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What can be gleaned from reports is that the areas of Kingston involved are like holding pens for the long term jobless. With no economic support from government it is only natural that such people will drift into whatever means are available in these situations and places to stay alive; in this case Mr. Coke’s ‘welfare’ organization. Similar situations exist througout the developing world as well as in the decaying ghetto cities of the US such as Detroit, so we can expect more of this as the deteriorating economic situation drives people to increasing desperation even as they see the elites indulge in ever greater excesses of consumption.

One thing’s for sure: it is stretching credulity that a huge armed police force as well as the deployment of national army units is required to arrest one man.  Up to now the pretence has been the ‘War On Terror’, enter now the ‘War On Drugs’.

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By Leefeller, May 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment

Does this mean the Jamaicans are getting it, just Like the Greeks according to Hedges this week?

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