When you think of a nation going to war its usually not over some low life in a neighborhood. But Jamaica’s underworld has started a war with local police and has literally taken up arms against them. They have put up barricades, set a police department on fire with molotov cocktails and have been seen with high-powered weaponry in the streets. All of this confusion to keep a druglord in action by keeping him from being extradited to the U.S. According to MSNBC, thugs have turned the communities of Kingston upside down over a druglord named Christopher “Dudus” Coke.
He has strong connections to the political players over there. Prime Minister Bruce Golding held up Coke’s extradition to the U.S. as long as he could, but now that he has reversed his decision, the druglord’s supporters took it to the streets. Coke’s father was a kingpin that passed down the family trade to Dudus. He was the founder of the area’s Shower Posse. A gang known for “showering” their victims in bullets.
These events are completely embarrassing to the impoverished nation. If there is attention brought to Jamaica it should be in the form of relief efforts. The regular abductions, drugs, starvation, low to no resources for the residents of Kingston keep visitors out of the countryside when visiting. Tourists are often warned to not wander away from the resorts where they are staying. The U.S., Britain, and Canada have issued travel alerts to those traveling into the country because of the violence.
Read more on the “Coke” war in Jamaica here.