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Bunting to meet with Deane’s family, political youth groups plan protest for today

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 8:49 AM

Another peaceful demonstration is planned for the Barnett Street Police Station in St James, where 31-year-old construction worker Mario Deane was brutally beaten last week.

Deane, who was allegedly beaten by cellmates, died three days later at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Hundreds of persons turned out at the Barnett Street station last week in a protest organised by the Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity.

Today’s protest, which is scheduled to begin at noon, is being planned jointly by the People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), G2K.

General Secretary of the PNPYO, Cammaleta Harrison says it was important for the group to partner with the Jamaica Labour Party’s youth arm, as the issue is not a political one, but a national one.

National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, is to meet with the family of Mario Deane this weekend.

Earlier this week relatives of Deane, lashed out against the government for its treatment of the case.

Bunting says he will use the opportunity to hear the family's concerns first hand.

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