Several state agencies along with the police and political representatives today converged in Parade Gardens in Kingston for a peace meeting. A Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) was recently imposed in the community following a flare-up of violence in the area. The meeting was held in an area known as Tela Viv in Jamaica, which is located at the corner of Laws and Hanover streets.
Member of Parliament for Kingston Central Donovan Williams and People’s National Party caretaker Imani Duncan Pryce were among those who addressed the gathering.
Tempers flared briefly as residents had opposing views as to the reason behind flare the violence in the community.
The Caribbean Island nation has had a torrid start to the new year as far as violent crime is concerned and the peace meeting held at Tela Viv in Jamaica, is emblematic of a wider problem. This week alone a businessman was reportedly pounced upon by two armed men on a motorcycle. They then assaulted him and relieved him of an undetermined sum of money. Two men were shot and killed along Olympic Way in Olympic Gardens, St Andrew. And two women were shot and killed at a supermarket in Kings district in Long Hill, White House in Westmoreland by gunmen posing as customers.
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