The venue was Portia Simpson Square where hundreds gathered in a final attempt to convince voters to give the PNP a second term. Dr. Peter Phillips was in the middle of his speech trying to discredit the JLP 10 point plan when gunshots rang out.
Gunshots that rang out interrupting Phillips’ speech left two shot seriously and some 40 injured possibly due to stampede etc.
Well-thinking Jamaicans should condemn this attack as it is an attack on democracy.
This incident occurred in Portia Simpson Miller’s back yard.
Police is yet to issue a statement on the shooting incident. There is no evidence that it was an assassination attempt on the life on the life of Phillips or Simpson Miller the PM.
Simpson Miller was not removed from the podium.
JLP’S Babsy Grange Reacts …
“The JLP condemns violence of any nature, we have been conducting a peaceful election campaign and have tried valiantly to restrain our supporters even in the wake of provocations and attacks. We wish the country a peaceful election” … MP ‘Babsy’ concluded. She was speaking exclusively to vision in a telephone interview.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is the Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.