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International News: Jamaican Prime Minister declares State of Emergency in various parishes due to crime and violence

Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2022. 1:11 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness has declared a State of Emergency (SOE) in various parishes due to crime and violence, the Jamaica Observer reports.

Holness declared an SOE in the parishes of Clarendon, St Catherine, and sections of Kingston and St Andrew.

An SOE has also been established for the parishes of St James, Westmoreland, and Hanover.

PM Holness says there has been an increase in criminal activities across the parishes.

Holness noted that the increase in crime and violence presents a threat to property and public order.

“The government, after careful consideration on the advice of the security chiefs, have decided to advise the Governor General that it was necessary and indeed appropriate to declare States of Public Emergency in these areas. We have seen an increase in criminal activity in these areas and indeed a threat to property and in some instances public disorder,” the Prime Minister said during a press conference.

Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson said that as of November 13, there has been a total of 1,360 murders in Jamaica.

“We will be targeting guns, gangs and gunmen who are the chief architects of the sort of violence we are seeing in the society,” Anderson said.

Editors Note: Jamaica- The island is divided into three counties – Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey – which are subdivided into 14 parishes: Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas.


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