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Tivoli folk want probe into unrest


Tivoli folk  want probe  into unrest

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KINGSTON – Tivoli Gardens residents, led by attorney Hannah Harris-Barrington, are seeking an international enquiry into May’s security incursion into the West Kingston community.The operation to apprehend former don and accused drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke left 73 people dead.About 58 civilians and security personnel were injured in the three-day clash that started on May 29.Immediately after the fighting settled, reports started to surface of wide-scale police abuses and extra-judicial killings.There were also reports of significant damage to, and theft of property, allegedly by members of the security forces. Outposts of the Office of the Public Defender set up in the community have recorded more than 700 complaints from residents.Harris-Barrington told the Observer on Wednesday that more than 200 signatures had been secured from residents as they push to have the international community scrutinise the operation.“A lot of people have suffered down there and we want an international enquiry into the matter,” Harris-Barrington said. “Atrocities have been committed.”She said that the drive to collect more signatures would continue and that representatives were in England rallying Jamaicans living there to join the cause.There have been numerous calls for the Golding-led administration to hold an enquiry into the matter.This is Harris-Barrington’s second tussle with the State in relation to the West Kingston saga.Just last month, the lawyer filed an action for judicial review of the government’s decision on May 23 to call a state of public emergency, limited to Kingston and St Andrew, in response to chaos caused by marauding gunmen loyal to Coke. They set fire to the Hannah Town and Darling Street police stations during the upheaval that crippled the business district of downtown Kingston and resulted in millions of dollars in damage and loss of sales. (Jamaica Observer)