Government on the Defensive Over the Destruction of Heroes Park Stalls


The Government is on the defensive this afternoon as criticism is mounting following yesterday’s destruction of a number of stalls belonging to crab vendors in the vicinity of Heroes Park.

The stalls were destroyed during an operation by representatives of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, KSAC.

The action of the KSAC came ahead of  the visit of United States President Barack Obama to Jamaica.

President Obama is to lay a wreath at Heroes Park during his visit.

The parliamentary opposition, some vendors and members of the public have reacted angrily to the destruction of the stalls.

But Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer told a Jamaica House Media briefing this afternoon that there was no intention by the KSAC representatives to damage the stalls belonging to the vendors.

Senator Falconer says the stalls were damaged because of their weak structure.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.