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#JaVotes2016: Woman injured in Three Miles stampede loyal to Portia

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:35 AM

Fifty-five year-old Greta Forbes' right foot is heavily bandaged and swollen.

The Whitfield Town resident suffered a broken leg on Tuesday night at Portia Simpson Miller Square in St Andrew after gunshots were discharged at a mass People's National Party (PNP) meeting, causing a stampede.

More than two dozen persons received varying degrees of injury, among them Forbes.

"I told 'Sister P' that whatever happens me still coming fi vote fi her," Folkes told The Gleaner as she made her way to the polling station at Whitfield Town Primary School, the same place PNP president Portia Simpson Miller voted.

Simpson Miller, who has been member of parliament since 1976, is being challenged for the seat by Victor Hyde of the Jamaica Labour Party.

"Me naah let her down. She is a strong black woman and we want to give her the support. We nuh waah to gi Labourite nuttin caah dem naah deal aid nuttin," Forbes said.

The PNP supporter, who had to be assisted to the polling station, complained of tremendous pain in her foot. She said that the incident was horrifying.

"Dem push me down and dem trample me and I get up running again and the crowd come down and my foot slide in a metal drain," she said.

Forbes said she also suffered the misfortune of having a pot of soup overturn on her. Luckily, the soup was not hot, which meant she escaped serious burns.

Forbes expects to celebrate a PNP victory later today. She will return to the Kingston Public Hospital on Tuesday for the doctors to put her leg in plaster.

 

ST ANDREW SOUTH WESTERN CANDIDATES

PNP: Portia Simpson Miller

JLP: Victor Hyde