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'How about demonstrating against the killers?'

Tuesday, April 08, 2014    

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JAMAICA Observer online readers are largely in support of West Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie for his stance against criminals in the troubled constituency. On Sunday, a handful of residents burned T-Shirts with McKenzie's image and gave him a 48-hour ultimatum to leave the constituency. Their action followed McKenzie's call on Saturday for the police to bring the criminals responsible for a fresh round of shootings in the constituency late Friday, which left two people dead and at least 10 others nursing injuries. Here are some edited comments:

Lucea Hanover

'Something is rotten in the country of Jamaica'.

mcintash

I find the level of ignorance in these communities astounding. They are burning a T-shirt of the member of Parliament because he supposedly "took sides". Shouldnt they be venting their anger at the killers and murderers in their communities? Surely they know who these people are. Why don't they provide the police with the information.

Dane mcintash

Don't forget this: they accuse the MP for taking sides, yet they're painting "PNP" all over the place. Isn't that, you know, taking sides? Plus, do they really think the PNP will do better? Ha!

Meggie Dane

Don't forget there are PNP voters in the constituency too. Interestingly, except for one man, all the faces were hidden. That demonstration could be a strategy — they probably have to do it for the gunmen.

Ricardo

This is why Jamaica has so much murder in it. We turn our anger at all times in the wrong direction. Desmond didn't killed or order the killing of anyone. He is doing the right think by exposing the wrongdoers.

People of Tivoli Denham Town Arnett Gardens et al. is full time you wise up. The guns in your communities are there to intimidate you and use on you our your family members at a later time. These hoodlums don't love are care for you. They are the reasons why, as a country, we are dying.

Dane

"People are dying but the member of parliament is taking sides and that is not fair," said one man who accused McKenzie of only identifying suspects from Tivoli Gardens and not those from other areas."

So because he identifies suspects from your community means he's against you? You think that everyone in your community are saints? You really think the gangs in your community care about you? It seems you just want him to approve of everything in the community.

Plus, you accuse the MP of taking sides, yet you're spraying "PNP" all over the place. Like they will do any better.

mastersgt

Just a matter of time before the PNP take over Tivoli. Mark my words, because it's PNP country.

Stafford

I want to congratulate MP Desmond McKenzie for his principled stand for right over wrong. We must never forget that he has lost several family members for this very principled position that he has taken against criminals in his constituency. I am willing to wager a bet that these people who are protesting are being forced to do so by the gangsters. The PNP should come out and denounce them. Tell them to go pick a different colour.

arawak

Ignorance is a hell of a thing.

Paddy5

The mentality of these inner-city people are way below the bar. They never demonstrated when 12-year-old Kawayne was killed; they never demonstrated against the heartless killers. I bet if the police had gone into the area and killed a gunman they would blocked the roads, burnt tyres, and held up placard with the words "police brutality". No wonder Jamaica is so backward.

Kanne

You can bet your last dollar that this demonstration was staged!

twix

I'm so confused here. Is the MP trying to restore peace along with the police so these ignorant individuals can live in peace and not in fear? Their reaction, he is taking side. I pray for them all down in West Kingston.

Andyb

Tivoli can't seem to exist without a don and Mckenzie doesn't believe in donship. He is the best MP they've had so far.

gmtap

Hmmm. From overseas, Desmond McKenzie seems to be a politician to be admired based on his principled stand here. I wish that all MP's representing Garrison Communities would take the same position.

Looking far and beyond

One bad apple spoil the bunch; Let them wallow in their own mud!

H C

Amazing. The people of the Gardens are blaming the member of Parliament. Is he doing the killing? The people sit there, love-up these gunmen and then point their finger sat anyone and everyone but themselves for the murders. Tivoli Gardens residents, how about demonstrating against the killers .

whatastress

LOL @ Tivoli people wearing orange. Choosing to LOL @ the whole darn spectacle cause clearly this foolishness has no near end in Jamaica kmt.

indecom

I always liked Desmond Mckenzie. He always stands up for what is right. We need more mp like him.

woodpecker

If these people had work they would not have time for this RUBBISH. Work and education are the missing links.

Ladycooke

So why unno nuh call name from the "other side"? Boi I tell you!. The things we protest about. As far as I am concerned, unno should a glad say dem name call and unno never affi risk unno life fi "inform".

Stafford

I want to congratulate MP Desmond McKenzie for his principled stand for right over wrong. We must never forget that he has lost several family members for this very principled position that he has taken against criminals in his constituency. I am willing to wager a bet that these people who are protesting are being forced to do so by the gangsters. The PNP should come out and denounce them. Tell them to go pick a different colour.

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