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Hundreds of people from Tivoli and Denham Town poured into the streets, willing to DIE for DUDUS.....

CHRISTOPHER 'Dudus' Coke's influence on West Kingston was put on show yesterday as hundreds of mostly women from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town poured into the streets to show support for the man wanted by the US Government, and to vent their anger at a police claim that Tivoli Gardens residents were being held hostage by thugs.

In what appeared to be a highly organised but peaceful protest the demonstrators, the majority of them dressed in white, told the authorities to "leave 'Dudus' alone" with some boldly declaring that they were prepared to die for him.

No hostage, no hostage, we are free; is lie them telling," shouted the women.

"We are not being held hostage in our community and no one not taking away our phones," said one woman, in reference to a police report Wednesday that thugs were also seizing residents' cell phones.

Under the steely gaze of a large contingent of cops, the demonstrators gathered outside the Denham Town Police Station on Spanish Town Road, waving placards with their messages of support for Coke, whom the US Government has accused of trafficking in guns and drugs.

The Americans had submitted an extradition request for Coke last August, but the Jamaica Government had refused to sign it, arguing that the evidence presented by Washington was gathered in breach of Jamaican law.

The stalemate damaged relations between both countries which is just now being rebuilt after Prime Minister Bruce Golding -- under increasing pressure to resign -- announced in a national broadcast Monday night that his attorney general would sign the request giving the authority for the request to be processed.

But before Golding's broadcast, word of the Government's decision started circulating on the streets, triggering panic in Kingston, the Jamaican capital; and Spanish Town, the old capital, which is plagued by intermittent bouts of gang violence.

On Tuesday, residents of Tivoli Gardens, a community that is fiercely loyal to the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, and which serves as Coke's power base, started mounting blockades at all its entrances, using old motor vehicles, old refrigerators, large tyres, vendors' stalls and other heavy debris.

By Wednesday, the barricades were fortified with more debris, including propane gas cylinders and barbed wires which the police said were attached to Jamaica Public Service high voltage power lines.

The intention, the authorities said, was to keep the security forces out of the community, which has been the scene of deadly gunbattles between gunmen and law enforcers in the past and which, ironically, is in Golding's constituency.

Yesterday, the police, who now have an arrest warrant for Coke, said they had received information that thugs in the community were stocking up on petrol. The cops also said that their surveillance had shown that among the massive arsenal in Tivoli was the powerful 50 calibre Grizzly Big Boar rifle.

The rifle, produced by US company LAR Manufacturing, is described on that entity's website as being as "accurate as they are powerful, and should be a part of any serious collector's arsenal".

"The Grizzly Big Boar is a rifle that leaves its competition in the dust. Its powerful .50 calibre BMG round blows its targets to pieces while its careful design absorbs most of the recoil," the website said.

"The Big Boar was created for accuracy, and the match grade chamber provides unsurpassed accuracy by using a bullet that was designed to shoot straight and far. This single-shot, breech-loading rifle features a bull pup design with all steel construction to provide a solid, dependable firearm," the site said further.

The average cost of the rifle is well over US$2,000.

Last night, a highly placed source said that the US authorities had information that weaponry of every calibre was inside Tivoli and that Coke's 'soldiers' were determined to prevent him being arrested.

Yesterday, the police said they intended to exhaust all peaceful means to arrest Coke and have already written to the attorneys who have been named as being on his defence team.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, in a message to members of the constabulary, expressed "gratitude and satisfaction with the professional and dignified way" in which they have responded to the Coke extradition issue.

Said Ellington: "Now that it has become an operational matter, a planned approach to its resolution is being pursued by the security forces. The police high command expects members to continue to perform their duties in a professional manner, exercising the requisite vigilance and alertness both on and off duty."

He added that the main effort at executing the arrest warrant will be directed from the high command.

Yesterday, the protesting West Kingston residents sang Coke's praises, saying that he had brought peace and discipline to the constituency and voiced their willingness to lay down their lives in his defence.

"Is over 40 years me live in the community," said one senior citizen. "Dudus is a nice and peaceful person. Because of him, people can walk without fear."

Said one man: "We are prepared to die for 'Dudus'."

Last night, the Presidents' Council -- a grouping of the heads of private sector organisations -- expressed grave concern for the welfare and safety of the residents of Tivoli Gardens and adjoining communities and called on the prime minister to add his voice to defuse the potentially explosive situation.

"The barricades must be removed so that law and order may be restored and the citizens may move about freely," said the council.

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Comment by LONDON on May 23, 2010 at 4:39pm
Comment by nikky on May 23, 2010 at 1:35pm
very good comment's but life is life and we dont live there so know once's going to know what really is happening so all we have to do is pray GOD BLESS BE SAFE
Comment by shawna on May 23, 2010 at 11:21am
lol. haha i agree with that fellow below me. i liike that last liine. its truee. and this bak and forth wid criminal and police coulda neva happen in the u.s.
Comment by peter howell on May 23, 2010 at 10:34am
this is like the roger khan issue we had in guyana ,high power weapons,bullet proof vehicles,computers capable
of intercepting phone calls n their locations, but our good police commish got on the ball and , now he is in jail
in the usa and guyana murder rate has drop by 90 pct. also drugs shipments has drop by 90 pct. to the usa
no more high power guns in guyana, the jamaican police should have gone after this dudus man long time ago but i guess just like guyana the govt. is in bed with these criminals....
Comment by Audra Lewelyn on May 23, 2010 at 7:14am
watch wat mi a say people mi no condone no crack cocaine dealings aight but yu cant believe half a way yu hear especially from certain source, uni memba Sadam Hassain and W.M.D aight. No Watch wey people say watch wey dem DO and if a man a provide jobs an employment fe him people who me be fi wrong him.
Comment by thomas .a.latty on May 23, 2010 at 7:08am
hello caribbean fever family.let us stop throwing stones.let us stop pretending we know what is going on.dont forget the government have the power to write any thing they feel like writing.OK so DUDUS is a GANGSTER. ishe the only big time gangster in JAMAICA NO MY FRIEND`S .It`s very refreshing to hear someone mention MR .MARCUS GARVY name .JAMAICA is slipping away .'HELL NO' .The u.s.a will not invade JAMAICA.NO Woman no love .KEEP YOUR HEAD.
Comment by Audra Lewelyn on May 23, 2010 at 6:57am
we fed up wit de bullshit where is the prove that dis man do anything and if dem a watch him fe so much years why dem no do somting after 2,3 years now dem want provoke the man fi do some ting so dem can say, see it dey, we did tell yu him a loose cannon but if u back a man in a corner and threaten him life we him fe do
Comment by Lenny Sportshake on May 23, 2010 at 5:48am
Robin Hood mi backside! As i said before, if he really cared about these people why is he hiding behind them? A real hero would sacrifice himself to save his people. A lot of u dont know the half about these Garrison communities. Anyone who dont come out to demonstrate is as good as dead.
Comment by MJ Saint on May 23, 2010 at 3:50am
This is serious, The USA are known of being The BIG BAD WOLF, plz we don't need them to come in like Grenadian invasion, Let them take the Mass destruction, before they said we have nuclear weapons a mess up our Island....we don't need this people...This crap happen because we have Depraved prick as Ruler, none a dem a better, they are friends. them next should be lock up and key dash weh...mi really tired of these thugs
Comment by Ndija on May 23, 2010 at 3:48am
We as people of African descent are putting the wrong people on wonder our children aspire to be drug dealers, gangsters and the like. We need a Marcus Garvey, a Toussaint L'oveture, a Malcom X., somebody, anybody to lead us out of babylon.

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