Merchants protest in Jamaican capital
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) -- Troops and police patrolled streets in
Jamaica's capital Kingston on Tuesday to prevent trouble as merchants shut
their shops to protest government delays in improving conditions in the
volatile downtown area.
Among the problems cited were rising crime, a thriving extortion business,
competition from sidewalk vendors, bad road and water conditions, and
intimidation from thugs.
"This is neither a protest nor a confrontation. We are doing this to try
to restore law
and order and to urge government to place downtown Kingston on its list of
national priorities," said Michael Ammar, president of the Jamaica Chamber of
Along the usually busy King Street all stores were closed. About 200 shops
Police and soldiers were out in huge numbers but there was no sign of violence.
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