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Pay attention to upcoming enquiry; D'Aguilar

Published:Monday | November 3, 2014 | 11:34 PM

Pay attention to upcoming enquiry - D'Aguilar

CONVENOR OF the Tivoli Committee Lloyd D'Aguilar has encouraged Jamaicans to pay keen attention to the commission of enquiry slated for December.

D'Aguilar was addressing a number of persons, who showed up at a rally in support of Tivoli Gardens, held at the University of the West Indies Sunday evening.

"Our justice system is dysfunctional, otherwise you wouldn't be having policemen killing two to 300 people a year and not one policeman being convicted in decades," said D'Aguilar.

"In the upcoming enquiry, I hope every Jamaican pays attention because if the persons who were behind the bloody massacre that took place in Tivoli are not held accountable, and there is evidence against them to show they are responsible, then this commission of enquiry will be a waste of time," he said.

More than 70 people died in Tivoli Gardens during the operation by security forces to capture Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

D'Aguilar is urging Jamaicans not to point fingers at the residents and how they might have responded in the situation.

"Don't judge these people and say they had the chance to leave because many have nowhere to go. They should be compensated for the damage brought upon them by the security forces and every Jamaican should support them," said D'Aguilar.

"If we don't make sure that the proper justice comes out of this enquiry, then there will be many more Tivolis. This is not only about Tivoli, but also what the police force has been doing to the people."

andrew.harris@gleanerjm.com