The Culture Ministry’s Cultural Liaison with responsibility for Rastafari Affairs, Barbara Blake Hannah, says the long awaited Trust Fund for victims of the 1963 Coral Gardens ‘atrocity’, could not have come any sooner.
Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange yesterday signed off on the documents establishing the multimillion dollar Fund.
She says the government is also working on a residential facility to house the elderly members of the community.
Meanwhile, Secretary of the Rastafari Coral Gardens Benevolent Society, Pamela Williams, says the beneficiaries are satisfied.
Pamela Williams, Secretary of the Rastafari Coral Gardens Benevolent Society.
They were speaking last evening on Nationwide @5.
For years members of the Rastafari community have advocated for compensation for victimization during the 1963 Coral Gardens violent incident.
At the time eight people were killed and hundreds of Rastafarians imprisoned, beaten and forcibly trimmed by the police following a burning of a gas station in St James.
Three Rastafarians and two policemen were among the dead.