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US issues travel alert for Jamaica....

THE US State Department yesterday issued a travel alert for United States citizens travelling to, and for those living and working in Jamaica, in the wake of tension in sections of the city over the pending arrest of Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

In the meantime, the Canadian and British high commissions have updated 'travel advice' on their websites to warn citizens about the possibility of civil unrest in Kingston.

"Due to ongoing political developments, there is an increased risk of civil disorder and street violence in Kingston and possibly other urban areas in Jamaica. UK citizens are urged to take extra care when travelling away from their homes or hotels," the British High Commission posted on its website.

The Canadian Government, on the other hand, warned its citizens to "exercise extreme caution in downtown areas of Kingston due to the possibility of civil unrest".

"There is a possibility of isolated disturbances, riots, and violence due to ongoing political tensions. The security situation could deteriorate with little or no notice, and the potential for civil unrest and violent clashes remains," the advice said.

Yesterday, US State Department Spokesman Andy Laine told the Observer that the travel alert "will remain in force until May 31". He said the decision to issue the alert reflected the unstable situation existing in a section of the Jamaican capital of Kingston.

Parts of downtown Kingston have remained tense since Monday, after Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced that the authorisation to proceed on the extraditon request by the US for Coke would be signed.

Supporters of Coke, who have vowed to die for him, have since blocked entrances to Tivoli Gardens since a warrant for his arrest was issued by a magistrate on Tuesday.

And the State Department's Laine said that a "travel alert runs for a shorter period than a travel advisory", which is considered to be more serious and lasts longer

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Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on May 24, 2010 at 6:05pm

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Comment by Ray Walker on May 24, 2010 at 11:29am
They or f****** up jamaica land we love and try to visit when i can.
Comment by www.jaxsprats.com on May 24, 2010 at 2:26am
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Comment by Kiym Mattis on May 23, 2010 at 11:10pm
the supporter of the jamaican labour party i think bruce and the former primer minister should go for him
Comment by www.jaxsprats.com on May 23, 2010 at 4:17pm
Make a stand! Do not use BP/Amoco's Products and services. This a campaign to boycott BP Amoco. We can not let them profit from the continous destruction they cause. Join the group and pass it on. http://www.facebook.com/?sk=2361831622#!/group.php?gid=112786585431343&ref=ts
Comment by www.jaxsprats.com on May 23, 2010 at 4:17pm
Start going GREEN!
Comment by www.jaxsprats.com on May 23, 2010 at 4:17pm
Tourism should not be the only form of economic stimulus to sustain a nation, it's time to rework the economic stability of jamaica
Comment by LONDON on May 23, 2010 at 4:15pm
what you think ?
Comment by Easy.B on May 23, 2010 at 3:43pm
ONGOING POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS!? YOU GUYS FORCED BRUCE GOLDING'S HAND,YOU COULD HAVE COUNTED YOUR LOSSES AND LEAVE MR. COKE ALONE.DAMN!
Comment by jasmine james on May 23, 2010 at 3:20pm
I DON'T CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO DUDUS COKE IF U DO THE CRIME THEN U MUST DO THE TIME HOWEVER IT'S THE INNOCENT JAMAICAN MEN,WOMEN,CHILDREN,AND TOURIST WHO MIGHT DIE BECAUSE OF THIS MAN I FEEF VERY SAD VERY SAD FOR.GOD HELP THEM ALL.

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