Holness to Apologize for Tivoli (2010) & Coral Gardens (1963)

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Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has promised to apologize to victims of the May 2010 ‘Tivoli incursion’ and the Coral Gardens incident in 1963.

However, he hasn’t said when he will.

Mr. Holness gave the commitment yesterday as he made his contribution to the 2017/2018 budget debate.

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More than 70 civilians were killed in West Kingston in May 2010, after police and soldiers invaded the community in search of former don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Making an apology is one of the recommendations made to the Government by the Commission of Enquiry into the incursion.

In April 1963, eight members of the Rastafari faith were killed and others displaced during altercations with police in Coral Gardens, St. James.

Two officers were also killed.

For years, Rastafarians have been calling on the Jamaican Government to apologise for what’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Coral Gardens massacre’ and to make the appropriate compensation.

Mr. Holness says the government is not accepting the use of violence as a norm.

He says he’s concerned about what seems to be a lack of respect for life.

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In the meantime, Mr. Holness yesterday indicated that the government intends to ban corporal punishment in schools.

He made the announcement as he made his contribution to the budget debate.

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Mr. Holness says he anticipates resistance to the proposed measure. But he says violence must not be used as a means of correcting or disciplining children.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.