Man arrested after breaching COVID-19 curfew order in viral video

Man arrested after breaching COVID-19 curfew order in viral video

Thursday, April 02, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police last night arrested a man seen on video voicing his refusal to obey the curfew order given by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in response to the COVID-19 crisis on the island.

The curfew, which began last night, will run nightly from 8:00 pm – 6:00 am and will end on April 8 at 6:00 am.

In the now viral video, several persons can be seen congregating on a street supposedly after the curfew began, and the man in custody is heard hurling expletives at the police and prime minister.

Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, Operations Officer for Area Four, toldOBSERVER ONLINE thatthe video was sent to the police and the main narrator identified.

The man was later arrested at his home on Penso Street in Arnette Gardens, Kingston.

In another viral video, police officers were captured arresting a peanut vendor in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew as he complained that he did not have a home.

Earlier yesterday, the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) issued a statement warning citizens that the provisions under the law will be fully and strictly enforced.

The JCF reminded citizens that they are required to remain within their homes during the hours of the curfew, and cautioned those who are not exempted under the current provisions of the Disaster Risk Management Act, and who breach the provisions of the act, that they will be prosecuted.

It also reminded persons who are exempted from the curfew, to travel with valid forms of work identification should they be stopped by the officers.

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