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Jamaican gov't to engage Rasta community on Coral Gardens uprising
2013-08-18 12:22:11 | (0 Comments)
The Government is to appoint a special team to meet with the leaders of the Rastafarian community to discuss the 1963 Coral Gardens uprising in St James.
The announcement by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller comes on the 50th anniversary of the Holy Thursday rampage in the community of Coral Gardens that left 8 persons, including 2 policemen, dead.
Initial reports had suggested that a gang of Rastafarians, armed with machetes and daggers, was responsible for the attacks.
The Rastafarian community, which has insisted that its members were not involved in the incident, has been clamouring for an official apology and reparation from the State for what they say was the unjustified humiliation and brutality they suffered arising from the incident.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Kingston-leg of the Rastafari Studies Conference and General Assembly at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies on the weekend, Simpson Miller said the incident is one of the most unfortunate in Jamaica’s modern history.
The prime minister said regardless of which political party formed the government at the time, members of the Rastafarian community will be looking to her administration to help heal some of the wounds caused by the incident.
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