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The bullet of terrorism does not discriminate – Holness tweets

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 6:32 PM
Holness ... “The bullet of terrorism does not discriminate; it does not know gender, class or sexual orientation. We all grieve the 49 lives lost”.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has joined in the social media commentary over the deadly shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub expressing condolences to the people of the United States of America.

“The bullet of terrorism does not discriminate; it does not know gender, class or sexual orientation. We all grieve the 49 lives lost,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

Holness’ tweet this morning came hours after Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte started a social media firestorm after criticising the US Embassy for hoisting a rainbow flag at its Kingston mission.

"I strongly condemn the #OrlandoNightClubShooting but I find it disrespectful of Jamaican laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte posted online.

READ: Malahoo Forte under fire over tweet denouncing gay-rights flag at US Embassy

The US Embassy, has asked her to explain the legal reasoning behind her suggestion that there was ‘disrespect’ in flying at half-mast at its mission, the rainbow flag – the symbol of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The US Embassy is also flying the American flag at half-mast.

This morning, Holness made no direct reference to Malahoo Forte’s controversial tweet.

However, turning to Jamaica’s crime problem, he said: “We are not going to be reactive but proactive in the effort to gain a long-term reduction in crime and violence.”

It’s not yet clear how the administration is responding to Malahoo Forte’s comments or whether it has formally communicated with the United States Embassy over the matter.

Forty-nine people were shot dead in the Orlando attack early Saturday morning by a man who the police later shot and killed.