Well I didn’t want to blog about this but the unrest in Jamaica’s capital, surrounding areas and small pockets throughout the island seems to be getting worse. Fortunately I am safe as I am in East Kingston while the unrest and standoff between security forces and gunmen are in West Kingston. There are period gunshots in the distance, a military helicopter is circling overhead while I type this and there is even a C-130 US Navy plane at high altitude over Kingston that I can barely see from time to time but images of the craft are on Facebook.
This all started about 9 months when the United States filed an extradition request for Christopher “Dudus” Coke – a well known local businessman who is also alleged to be a drug and gun don. In the last week or so things have been very tense but just before midday yesterday there was an outbreak of violence and a State of Emergency has been declared in Kingston and St Andrew parishes of Jamaica.
Things are so crazy right now, I can’t even concentrate to make a proper blog post so since yesterday I have been streaming news from local TV and radio stations via my ustream channel. Please follow me on Twitter for other updates and ramblings. Feeling like I am in Bagdad right now but thankfully I am safe so far so just riding out this storm, hopefully things will be sorted out soon. Wish I could go out with my camera but I’m told that to some people a DSLR might look like a gun so no citizen journalism for me!
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.