Rastafarian Community Wants Public Education Campaign To Teach Respect For Faith


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. 

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.

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