500 Held In Kingston Chaos, But Drug Lord Still At Large
May 27, 2010
Jamaica (Chattahbox) – The ongoing conflict in Kingston has led to an ever increasing death toll, and 500 are currently being detained by police as order is slowly restored. But the drug lord that started it all is still at large, and police are no closer to catching him.
What started as a blockade in the name of drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke became a deadly conflict that has so far led to the death of 44 people, all young men under the age of 30.
Police are expecting further deaths as they push forward in their attempt to find Coke, who is wanted on charges of gun and drug trafficking into the United States.
The majority of those killed have been loyal gunmen fighting for Coke, but citizens and policemen have also been killed.
But death isn’t the only fear for those living in Kingston. Citizens trapped in their homes are being forced to remain their by police, and without running water. They are said to be storing human waste in buckets, and struggling to survive under the forced house arrest.
Journalists have been unable to get into the blocked areas, turned away by armed soldiers at gunpoint.
Men, women and children are left without food in some areas, and children have been separated from parents. There seems to be no attempt to remedy this.
At this point it should be asked if an attempt – likely unsuccessful – to flush out a drug trafficker is worth the suffering and continued deaths of the innocent in the city of Kingston.