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Jamaica: Dark Day In MoBay – Stakeholders Concerned With Halt To SOE In St James

Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis has expressed dismay and disappointment at the parliamentary Opposition’s vote against the continuation of the state of public emergency (SOE) in St James.

“My position is … that the people are in shock and disbelief and are very disappointed in the way in which the Opposition voted against the SOE. Today is a dark day in the parish of St James,” said Davis.

“There’s a saying that he who feels it knows it, and we’ve lived it, we’ve experienced it, and I’ve had to bury long-standing friends who have been wantonly murdered. I’m not saying the SOE should be there forever, but allow the security forces to build out the necessary infrastructure, personnel, and technology that will be required to monitor and police St James.”

During Tuesday night’s marathon debate in Parliament about extending the SOE in St James,

St Catherine North, and sections of the Corporate Area, the Government failed to get a two-thirds majority for an additional 90 days.

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