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JLP condemns violent attack in St Mary SE — Chang

Monday, October 23, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Horace Chang, says that his party openly condemns whoever is responsible for the recent violent attacks in St Mary South East.

Chang, in a statement, said that his latest communication with the police reveals that there is no evidence that the recent shooting incident in the South East St Mary constituency, which left two people injured, was politically motivated.

“We have been reliably informed that the persons injured last night were not involved in politics and have no connection to the current campaign taking place," he cautioned.

Dr Chang in extending well wishes to the injured said the police should investigate and bring to justice anyone who breaks the law and no one should be allowed to use the current by-election as cover for criminality.

“The police should be aggressive in their investigation. Guns and bullets have no political colour, there should be no room for them in St Mary," Dr Chang said.

"The JLP does not support any form of intimidation or criminality and we are calling on the police and the [Political] Ombudsman to ensure the election in South East St Mary is free and fair," Dr Chang declared.

According to police reports two people were shot and injured in Top Bay, Annotto Bay in St Mary on Saturday, October 21.

The Annotto Bay Police said that about 7:00 pm a man was walking along the train line when he was attacked by a man who opened gunfire hitting him. Another man who was in close proximity was then held up by two men who came from the direction of the first incident. A struggle ensued during which he managed to hit one of his attackers with a chair but was then shot by the other.

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