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Machete-wielding protesters chase away man attempting to clear road

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2016 | 2:15 PM
Protesting residents of Mullet Hall, Clarendon.

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

Several students and other road users were left stranded for a second straight day as residents of Mullet Hall in Clarendon continued their protest for better roads in their community today.

Scores of students walked over the Trafalgar Hill, just below Chapelton, to get to school at Clarendon College, as well as the Chapelton All age school.

Some teachers and other members of the administrative staff had to park their vehicles and complete the journey on foot.

The operator of a front end loader, who attempted to clear the load of sand dumped in the middle of the road, had to make a hasty retreat as he was threatened by an angry crowd wielding machetes and hurling stones.

The police, in an attempt to get the situation under control, also came under attack from the infuriated residents who demanded that  their Member of Parliament Pearnel Charles address them.

Residents had to walk from Summerfield and other surrounding areas to Chapelton to conduct their business.

Elderly persons going to the Chapelton hospital for treatment were forced to make the journey on foot.

Other businesses have also been affected.