Members of the Rastafarian community are calling on the government to launch a campaign, aimed at educating public sector workers about respect for Rastas.
The call follows the arrest and charge of a Rastafarian entertainer, who feels he was unfairly targeted and abused by the Police, because of his religious beliefs.
The entertainer is Robert Lee Young, otherwise called ‘Changa Changa’
William Mitchell reports:
Changa Changa is a local sensation, known mostly for his eccentric fashion, which exclusively features garments made of dried banana stalks.
He says his mere presence is often entertainment for tourists in the tourist mecca of Montego Bay.
But, the entertainer says he was recently the subject of abuse at the hands of members of the Constabulary.
He says the incident happened near the Montego Bay Hip Strip, after he’d just completed a media interview.
He says he was forced to strip naked in public.
The entertainer is facing charges of resisting arrest and using indecent language.
But, Changa Changa says he’s innocent.
Meanwhile, Secretary of the Rastafari Coral Gardens Benevolent Society, Pamela Williams, wants measures in place to promote the decent treatment of members of the Rastafarian community.
Members of the community have also launched a petition to have all charges against the entertainer dropped.