Tivoli Enquiry: Soldier said he was sent to 'kill off' residents, witness testifies
Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
An elderly Tivoli Gardens resident this morning testified that during the 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community, a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) told a group of residents they were there to kill them.
"Oonu prime minister send we dung ya fi kill off all a oonu," Joan McCarthy recounted as she gave evidence before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
According to McCarthy, those words came on May 24, 2010 as a group of soldiers and policemen bad-mouthed scores of residents they had rounded up on the ground floor verandah of one of the high-rise buildings in Tivoli Gardens.
She testified that without provocation, another soldier uttered more unsettling comments to the residents.
"(He said) if it was him alone him woulda drop a bomb so that even the suckling pon the breast woulda dead and the whole a Tivoli Gardens woulda flat."
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