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What they had to say about the first zone of special operations being declared

Published:Saturday | September 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott

Last Friday's declaration of Mount Salem in St James as the first zone of special operations by Prime Minister Andrew Holness triggered immediate reaction on social media.

The hashtag #ZOSO began trending and was used to monitor the conversation online.

Greg Christie, former contractor general

The JA Gov't #ZOSO anti-crime and community rebuilding initiative has my full support. This murderous rampage must be brought to an end.

Venesha Phillips, People's National Party councillor

Once politicians know any of the information regarding the special-operations zones, criminals will know.

Leahcim Semaj, psychologist

We got to this by ignoring the little things year after year. Now we need the big #ZOSO intervention. Failure is not an option. We have the analytical skills to make #ZOSO work. Just hope that we work in a non-partisan manner. This could be the turning point.

Gordon Swaby, CEO, Edufocal

I fully support the #ZOSO. Just wish there was no announcement about location until the operation has ended.

Rodje Malcolm, human-rights advocate

Fine, implement your ZOSO, but it need not be in the maximally intrusive, destabilising way. These people now hate the police, a step back.

Gordon Robinson, lawyer

Everyone knows my views on the ZOSOs (premature), but I pray I'm wrong. I wish PM Holness and the security forces all the best. I hope it's a resounding success.

Jaevion Nelson, human-rights advocate

I appreciate the efforts to mitigate possible human-rights abuses during the implementation of ZOSO in communities.