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JCF warns against public demonstrations, violators can be prosecuted

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 11:42 PM

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) say the frequency of public demonstrations across the country is becoming alarming.

It is urging its members to prosecute individuals who violate the rules regarding protests. 

In its latest Force Orders issued last week, the High Command said demonstrations, marches and other public order events have become more frequent as the public agitate for better representation and services.

However, it says the situation is becoming alarming and the public is being greatly inconvenienced by road blockage staged by citizens.

Under the Constitution, members of the public have the right to peacefully assemble. 

However, the High Command also noted that the same Constitution makes provisions for people not to be deprived of their freedom of movement. 

It is reminding its members that they have a duty to ensure the maintenance of law and order and preservation of the peace and to prevent where possible, the blocking of public roads and streets by demonstrators.

It says necessary force, including the use of tear gas, may be employed and persons who are found committing, or to have committed offences hauled before the court.