An outbreak of violence connected to a drug cartel has led officials to declare a monthlong state of emergency in Kingston Jamaica. The unrest started when the U.S. State Department requested the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke. People are pointing to unrest as proof of government corruption. Others are saying this situation is a chance for the government to prove itself.
Limited state of emergency for Kingston Jamaica
The limited state of emergency declaration for Kingston, Jamaica presently only covers two districts. 3 people have been killed and seven officers have been wounded. The targets are police stations with five police stations set on fire in the last 3 days. Jamaica has not requested to borrow money for additional enforcement assistance yet. Right now, areas of Kingston are barricaded by the related gangs and are being patrolled by heavily-armed groups of people.
Suspect behind unrest is Christopher Coke
The unrest in Kingston Jamaica started after the US State Department asked Jamaican government to extradite Christopher Coke. Coke is the suspected head of the Shower Posse of drug traffickers. The Shower Posse is so named for the alleged murder of hundreds of people, with showers of bullets, during the cocaine wars of the 1980s. Christopher Coke is suspected of trafficking marijuana and cocaine to the United States. Prime Minister of Jamaica, Golding, has stated that he will cooperate with the United States in the extradition of Christopher Coke. It is suspected that supporters of the drug trafficker are responsible for the violence.
Gang related violence is what lead to Kingston Jamaica travel advisory
Kingston, Jamaica, is a popular tourist destination for cruise ships and travelers. Because of the violence that has led to heavily armed police patrolling the streets, looting and death, the State Department within the U.S., as well as Canadian and British governments have issued a travel advisory for Kingston, Jamaica. This won’t impact any cruise travel or flights to Kingston as the airport is nevertheless open. However, with 45 percent of the Jamaican economy relying on tourism, the $1.3 billion industry is sure to feel the impact of the travel advisory.
Shower Posse gang supposedly behind Kingston Jamaica unrest
In Toronto, NYC, Florida, and Jamaica, Shower Posse gang members have been arrested. Christopher Coke took control of the Shower Posse from his father within the 1980s. Lawyers for Coke have challenged the extradition in Jamaican Supreme Court, who will render a decision relatively soon. Until the extradition of Christopher Coke is resolved one way or another, the civil unrest in Kingston, Jamaica, will probably continue.