Jamaican News


June 21, 2022 | Colin O. Jarrett |  Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness has declared a State of Emergency in St Catherine amid a flare-up of violence in Spanish Town.

On Tuesday, three people were shot and several others wounded in related incidents in the town centre.

Last week, a gang-affiliated shooting also claimed the lives of four people in Spanish town.

In making the State of Emergency declaration on Friday morning, Prime Minister Holness said the terrorism being experienced in some communities in Spanish Town is as a result of organized criminal activity of gangs.

The measure can only remain in force for 14 days. If the measure is extended, it must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Upper House.

Colin O. Jarrett is Caribbean News Editor with Vision Newspaper

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