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Women march against crime in MoBay

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:51 PM
The silent protesters marching down Barnett Street this morning calling for an end to crime and violence in Jamaica. – Okoye Henry Photo

Okoye Henry, Gleaner Writer

The recent spate of violence against women and children in Jamaica prompted a major march throughout the city of Montego Bay, St James, this morning by citizens calling for an end to the senseless bloodsheds.

The silent protesters, who were attired in black and carried placards, were organised by the St James Central Women's Movement.

The march took them from ‘Clock’ on Barnett Street to Sam Sharpe Square in the heart of the city.

“We want it to be known that we are not going to sit by and allow this violence to continue,” said Donna Lynch, the president of the movement.

Her sentiments were echoed by Government Senator Charles Sinclair, who gave his full support to the women during the march. The former Montego Bay mayor said the crime situation in Jamaica, particularly in the western-end of the island, has been at a crisis level for the past few months.

“Many women and children have been murdered viciously in Jamaica from the latter part of last year going into this year and these people are out here to show support to the grieving families as well as to say to the rest of Jamaica that we must take stock of ourselves and bring a halt to this gruesome situation that is crime,” Sinclair said.