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Massive protest lockdown Wakefield, in Trelawny

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 10:25 AM

Adrian Frater, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:           
The community of Wakefield, in Trelawny, is now sealed off to vehicular traffic as residents are now staging a massive protest to draw attention to the state of the roads in and around the community. 

As a result of the protest, which started at approximately 4 a.m., persons who work outside of the community; and students who attend school in Montego Bay and Falmouth, were not able to leave the community.
 
A source with ties to the Muschett High School, which is located in Wakefield, says classes have been called off for the day because of the significant dislocation caused by the protest. The Gleaner has also learnt that no classes are on at the Wakefield Primary School. 
 
According to the residents, they have been trying without luck for many years to get the authorities to address the poor road conditions, which they say is undermining plans to develop the community. They say the situation has now become untenable, which has forced them to take matters into their own hands with the ongoing protest.