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After the shooting... what Portia said

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2016 | 2:28 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Arnaldo Brown, St Catherine East Central standard bearer surrounded by police personnel after the shooting - Gladstone Taylor Photo

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is being scrutinised for her comments after gunshots rang out at a meeting in her St Andrew South Western constituency on Tuesday night.

Two people were shot and injured and at least 27 others injured in an ensuing stampede.

Here are some of the Prime Minister's comments from the platform after the shooting:

"Whoever was the evil that was sent here to do what has happened earlier will recognise that members of the People's National Party are never afraid of anyone. I am going to find out who did it and it doesn't matter what constituency they come from, neighbouring or otherwise. I am going to deal with it. Comrades, you know, I've been wondering and I said it to someone that if other meetings were disrupted, when is it they would disrupt a meeting for us. 

"I have a request for the Jamaica Constabulary representatives. What happened here tonight must never be overlooked because some others want our meeting to look like some other meetings. But what they do not understand about PNP people; we are never afraid, we are not afraid of anyone. And I want to thank the police for the way they have handled the situation but ask that it be investigated because we are not like the other party. This is a loving, peaceful party, the People's National Party, founded by Norman Washington Manley."