ANGRY Arnett Gardens residents took to the streets on Friday to protest a move by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to remove several illegal connections from the area.
The placard-bearing residents blocked the main road leading to the community, claiming they were treated unfairly by the light and power company.
"Last night the JPS people came into the area, they asked no questions, dem just come disconnect we electricity," declared Anastasia Williams, one of several people who braved the pouring rain to protest.
The residents claimed that electrical transformers were also removed from utility poles in the area.
Tanya Thompson, a mother of three who lives in the area, said her children were forced to miss school Friday.
"The company come cut off the light, move out the transformers from off the light poles, leaving the whole area in darkness. I can't even get to press my children's uniforms to send them to school," she said.
The residents used debris to block the roadway, leaving several motorists stranded.
JPS, for its part, said the company was having serious problems in getting residents to regularise their accounts.
"JPS established the residential advanced metering infrastructure system in Arnett Gardens over a year ago and customers in the community were aware of this," said Ruthlyn Johnson, corporate communications officer.
She said the company has been working tirelessly to persuade residents to regularise, and that the invitation remains open.
JPS also said roadblocks in some areas of the community were hindering the company's crew from operating in the area.
"Residents are invited to go to the nearest customer service office to make arrangements to become legal customers," she said.