Kingston Jamaica Violence: Death Toll Reaches 44
In Kingston Jamaica the Violence Continues Into Day 4 and 44 Civilians Have Confirmed to Have Been Killed
Kingston Jamaica is still the scene of unrest on Wednesday May 26 and the violence continues as police continue to look for Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and his supporters continue to fight them off.
As reported by the Jamaica Observer, the number of civilian deaths has reached 44, but there is a discrepancy between some of the reports coming out of the country.
According to On The Ground News in Jamaica:
Unconfirmed but corroborated: Callers to RJR have indicated that there are decomposing dead bodies still in the road in #Tivoli Gardens #Kingston on Bread Lane and the corner of Chestnut Lane, stating that the stench is becoming unbearable.
However, Public Defender Earl Witter told the Observer that he has seen no sign of any bodies being burned or any bodies in the streets.
CNN has issued a report that over 500 people are in custody, but Christopher Coke is still at large. Medical care is being provided to residents in Tivoli Gardens that need it as this is where the heaviest fighting took place.
Police and the state have vowed not to give up until Christopher Coke is in custody. Coke was issued an arrest warrant after Prime Minister Bruce Golding abandoned his refusal to extradite Coke to the United States for drug and arms trafficking charges.
It was thought that the reason he had not wanted Coke deported was because his political party was involved with Coke's gang in order to gain votes during elections. Mr. Golding has denied these allegations calling them 'libellous' and 'malicious'.
"Mr. Golding says he is also outraged by an article in The Independent, a UK newspaper, that the 'drug gang was on [the] payroll of Jamaican Prime Minister.' He said both publications, by seeking to link him personally with the alleged drug kingpin, were clearly part of a conspiracy to undermine the duly elected government of Jamaica,"