Tivoli incursion footage released
Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio
American magazine, The New Yorker, has released video footage on its website which it says was recorded from an airplane on May 24, 2010, when the security forces launched an incursion into Tivoli Gardens.
The footage was obtained from the Drug Enforcement Administration following an order in a US court.
The New Yorker says the footage it received covers the time from 9:30 in the morning until 3 p.m., but the newspaper has only posted 4 minutes and 30 seconds of the footage so far.
The New Yorker says the footage ended just before the crucial hours when, witnesses say, most of the killings occurred.
The media entity has questioned whether the authorities have turned over all the footage which was taken on May 24, 2010.
In addition the New Yorker says there is very little in the videos to support the Jamaican Army’s claim that the resistance it faced in entering Tivoli Gardens was fierce.
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The Jamaican government had maintained that it had received no help from the United States and that no aircraft was over Tivoli gardens on the day of the incursion.
However, the government and army were forced to admit that the US had provided surveillance help following disclosures on the matter by the US government.
The Public defender’s report was expected to be tabled during today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, which is currently underway.
More than 70 persons were killed in the May 2010 operation by the security forces in Tivoli Gardens.
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