'The one-year prison sentence finish'...PNP Councillor celebrates end of SOE
“Thank God the 1 year prison sentence finish.”
That was the message posted on social media today by People’s National Party (PNP) Councillor Michael Troupe, days after the year-long state of public emergency ended in St James.
The enhanced security measure came to an end on Thursday, more than a month after Opposition members of Parliament voted against an extension in the House of Representatives.
The vote by the parliamentary Opposition last December also brought an end to the states of emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division and across the St Andrew South, Kingston Western and Kingston Central police divisions.
Faced with public backlash, the party defended its decision saying it had concerns about the legality of the move to extend the anti-crime measure.
The PNP also raised concerns about the conditions under which detainees were being held and possible violations of their constitutional rights.
Troupe, in a message that was posted on Twitter, said the town of Montego Bay “came alive last nite [sic].”
“Vendors were out, hairdressers and nail techs close late. The little man was able to make a dollar,” he said.
“Mega Mart was open, taxi nuff, music playing, people holding a vibe,” he added.