Tue | Nov 21, 2017

Police trucked to St Thomas as fiery protests intensify

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 10:26 AM

Police personnel from the Mobile Reserve in Kingston have been trucked ‎in to parts of St Thomas to help restore order as a days-old protest for better roads intensified this morning.

Residents lit debris and packed large stones and trees onto the roads in places like Poor Man's Corner, Woodbourne, Llandewey, Leith Hall, and Knightsville.

From as early as 5 o'clock, police and responders from the Jamaica Fire Brigade were out trying to clear the roadblocks.

But they have not yet been able to restore order, leaving numerous students and workers stranded.

In the meantime, residents are threatening to further intensify the protest as part of their demand for the release of organiser, Omar Ryan.

Ryan was arrested yesterday on suspicion of criminal intent.

This morning, as the residents sought to ‎air their concerns in Grants Pen, the police pepper-sprayed a man they were accosting after he was allegedly spotted throwing a stone onto the road.

This further angered the protesters who uttered insults at the cops and demanded that they leave the community.
But the cops, some with high-powered rifles in hand, did not leave.

At present, efforts are continuing to clear the roads.