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PNP rejects blame for St Thomas road protests

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 11:54 AM

The People’s National Party (PNP) is rejecting a suggestion by the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) that it is behind widespread protests in St Thomas.

Yesterday, General Secretary of the JLP, Dr Horace Chang, said his party is holding the PNP responsible for damage to public property, loss of income, school time and injuries to innocent Jamaicans caught up in the protests.

Chang said it’s irresponsible for political operatives to try to shut down parts of the country for their narrow political aims when they know solutions have been announced.

However, General Secretary of the PNP, Julian Robinson, says Chang’s response is laughable.

He says the PNP supports the right of Jamaicans to engage in peaceful protests, but at no time organised any of the road blocks and demonstrations now taking place in several parishes.  

He says Chang should not make light of the spontaneous move of the people demanding action from an elected government over the obvious deterioration of the road network.

The PNP General Secretary says instead of trying to blame the PNP, it would be better for Chang, as a Minister in the responsible Ministry, to tell the protesters when their roads will be repaired so people can resume their normal daily activities.