Repeating Islands


Residents of a battle-scarred slum once controlled by Jamaica’s biggest underworld boss rallied Wednesday to demand accountability and justice for a deadly 2010 raid into their community that failed to catch him.

Roughly 80 demonstrators marched from a central square to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s offices. Most were from Tivoli Gardens, a public housing complex in West Kingston once run by drug kingpin Christopher “Dudus” Coke where at least 73 civilians were killed when security forces conducted an offensive during a state of emergency.

When the protesters arrived at the prime minister’s offices, a handful of organizers and Tivoli Garden residents were permitted inside the gates to deliver to an official a written petition calling for an “international inquiry” into the raid.

Organizer Lloyd DAguilar, with the Tivoli Committee and the Campaign for Social and Economic Justice, said the demonstrators wanted a response from Simpson Miller within 30 days.

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