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Jamaica: Far From Paradise – Curfew Imposed In Kingston Community To Rein In Crime

Children were playing on the streetsides.

A woman purchased food at a shop and prepared to get cracking on dinner in the kitchen.

It seemed like a typical lazy Sunday afternoon when the fragrance of rice and peas would waft from sputtering pressure cookers tantalising neighbours.

But the occasional patrol by police and soldiers was a sign that all was not perfect in Paradise Gardens.

Residents of the Kingston community, which was placed under curfew on the weekend, are divided over its effectiveness. The 6 p.m.-6 a.m. lockdown was imposed as part of ongoing measures to curb violence in that sector of the city.

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