Military Deployed As Jamaica Officials Declare State Of Emergency

Foreigners are being asked by their respective governments to exercise extreme caution and stay within the perimeter of their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica, after a wave of out of control violence has overpowered local authorities. On Thursday, the country’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, declared the state of emergency in the St. James parish to “restore public safety,” and also thwart a mass exodus of international investment and tourism.

In response, the government deployed the Jamaica Defense Forces onto the city streets in what is described as a “major military operation.”

Maj. Gen. Antony Anderson, Jamaica’s national security advisor, told CTV News Channel on Friday that authorities imposed a military lockdown of the area, following 335 homicides in 2017, and as reported by CTV that is “twice the tally of any other parish” in the country.

Anderson noted that the number of shootings and homicides have been growing for some period of time, but last year, the surge in deaths could not be ignored rolling into 2018. He said much of the problem resides on the outskirts of Montego Bay and that “Jamaica is still open for business.”

The recent crime surge in Jamaica has been driven by conflicts between criminal gangs over the control of the lottery trade, drug wars, and even turf wars.

Maj. Gen. Anderson describes the state of emergency which gives military troops “more freedom of action.”

“For instance, they can do searches without a warrant, so if they get information that something is occurring somewhere, they can respond rapidly to it. They can respond to a series of intelligence-driven operations to target and capture the people who are doing these things and generally disrupt the gangs in their activities,” he added.

According to Loop Jamaica,

The entire parish of St James is now locked down by members of the military in what is being reported as a limited state of emergency that has been imposed by the Government. Soldiers are visible stopping and searching motor vehicles at various points in the parish where 335 murders were recorded last year.

There has been no let up to the bloodletting in the parish this year, with criminal attacks there moving to the point where in a daring attack by gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles, a man was killed and others injured in an incident on the roadway near the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, the parish capital and the national tourism centre, earlier this week.

Government forces are conducting door to door operations in St. James.

Military checkpoints are situated throughout St. James.

The U.S. State Department issued this warning: “Expect to encounter increased police and military presence, checkpoints, searches of persons/vehicles within St. James Parish.”

“Military forces have been deployed to the area in an attempt to stabilize the situation,” reads a safety and security notice posted by Travel Canada.

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FCO travel advice for British nationals living and traveling abroad in Jamaica:

Comments

Klassenfeind BokkeDavola Sat, 01/20/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

"Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter!"

Oh wait, they are all black; the cops, the politicians, the judges, the normal citizens and the criminals.

I wonder how the Left, the Cultural Marxists and the so-called liberals are going to frame this one... Lemme guess: high crime rate due to poverty which was caused by colonialism?

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Theosebes Goodfellow any_mouse Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:23 Permalink

I love all of the comments from people who have never been on a small island during civil unrest. Things are hard in a lot of small island nations in today's economy. The isolation just amplifies the effect. Things can go from bad to worst in a matter of days. Just ask Cuba.
Bravo for the authorities clamping down hard on this. It is important to nip this in the bud not only for the sake of their tourist economy and tourists there now, but those who have booked or are considering booking a visit there in the future.

You can laugh it up all you like, but the reality is that Caribbean economies live and die on the tourist trade. Nothing can be allowed to tarnish that. Hurricanes do enough damage. There is no need to exacerbate it with drug crime. Back in the 1950's and 60's "miscreants" would get a boat ride 6 miles out late at night. I'm not saying it was right, I'm just saying it was. Sacrifices for the "greater good"? Think Tienanmen Square. The last thing certain societies can withstand is social unrest.

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claytonmoore50 Ghost of Porky Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:07 Permalink

It was a beautiful day, the kind you want to toast
We were tree top flyin' movin' west along the coast
Then we landed in the water, just about my favorite thrill
When some asshole started firing as we taxied to Negril 

Just about to lose my temper as I endeavored to explain
We had only come for chicken we were not a ganja plane
Well, you should have seen their faces when they finally realized
We were not some coked up cowboy sporting guns and alibis

Come back, come back back to Jamaica
Don't chu know we made a big mistaica
We'd be so sad if you told us good-bye
And we promise not to shoot you out of the sky 

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Baron von Bud ReturnOfDaMac Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:10 Permalink

A buddy was in Jamaica about ten years ago and stayed at a resort. Guards patrol the beaches and banks with machine guns. A local was shot in the leg while trying to steal a purse off the beach. The tour operator told customers to stay close to him at all times. Never, ever leave the gated area without a police escort. Well-to-do locals are routinely kidnapped or murdered. Sounds like Chicongo.

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tion HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:20 Permalink

I just want to let you know that that rando steemit dude who wrote the article you posted calling Reggie a scammer is an actual retarded piece of shit. 

In one post he was saying how he just bought 100k in bitcoin and in another post he was crying like a little bitch about how the government wasn't going to pay for his wife to take maternity leave after she gave birth.  Now that bitcoin is up several times in the past six months I bet that commie bitch is still butthurt that the government still expects him to plan ahead to take care of his own family. 

If you are calling Reggie a scammer based on that dude's appraisal that's a stretch.  A lot of ICO's are scams, I have no idea how Veritaseum will work out and am not making a recommendation, but whether it is Veritaseum or another blockchain, at some point you will see a blockchain cutting out the clearing house middlemen for owning stocks.  The very vast majority of stocks bought today, the person has not bought and does not own the actual stock, what they own is a claim to the stock.  Someone else still owns the stock...

We have a big problem where the clearing houses are starting to lose track of who owns what, whether accidentally or intentionally.  Replacing the clearing houses with a blockchain system would make things much more transparent and sound. DTCC is too powerful and I doubt anyone will be able to create such a blockchain for the American markets, that's double tap to the back of the head territory.

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shitshitshit ThanksIwillHav… Sat, 01/20/2018 - 17:56 Permalink

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/08/some-new-comments-…

 

In a June 14, 1973 Oval Office meeting with Anne Armstrong, counselor to the president, Nixon said black people couldn't run Jamaica.

"Blacks can’t run it. Nowhere, and they won’t be able to for a hundred years, and maybe not for a thousand. … Do you know, maybe one black country that’s well run?" 

 

 

 

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Battlefield USA frontierland Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:23 Permalink

Don't you wish you could shoot everyone who lays a hand on you, unarmed? Better yet, don't you wish you could shoot everyone unarmed who was reaching? Maybe shoot everyone who didn't stop, when you said stop? And how about those "accidental" discharges when SWAT'ing? Bet you get a hard-on when thinking Baby Boo-Boo.

 

I'm betting you have CHiPs wallpaper on your computer screen... naw, I'm betting this is your masturbation porn.

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ReturnOfDaMac frontierland Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:30 Permalink

Hmmm, my post never said a damned thing about color.  So, I guess all of ZH can see what we have here with this frontierland character, is another irrational stormfront, bigot, fag, posting.  I've seen it A LOT lately.  Closet fags, hiding under the bigot tree.  Go smoke some Dukepole, you will feel better you fag.  No disrespect to the brave homosexuals/gays who have the courage to come out and be themselves without resorting to projection nor hatred on others because of their own self-hate.  But this frontierland is different, he, is a self-hating, fag.

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JustPastPeacefield Klassenfeind Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:55 Permalink

When Rudy did a fraction of this to get our niggaz under control, the Left was outraged!!! Well, publicly anyway, privately they were glad to be able to live in their snooty NYC neighborhoods again.

Where's the outrage now? I get it - when the blacks are doing it to the blacks it's all ok. Just when whites get involved, then it's one big race-o-rama.

You can take the niggaz out of the jungle ...

 

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