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clash in St James, St Thomas
Nagra Plunkett, Staff Reporter
BUREAU: TWO PERSONS have been arrested and charged with assault
occasioning bodily harm in connection with an alleged politically
motivated incident in the Quarry area of Montego Bay, St.
James on Monday.
reaching The Gleaner is that Patriena Campbell-Thompson, the
People's National Party (PNP) Local Government candidate for
the Montego Bay North division and her party workers were
attacked while handing out voter's guides in the area. She
was reportedly hit in the head with a bottle and three of
her female workers also received minor injuries during the
police did not release the identities of the accused persons.
Commanding Officer for St. James, Superintendent Newton Amos,
did not divulge the details surrounding the incident. He said
that an investigation had commenced and a report will be forwarded
to the Political Ombudsman, Bishop Herro Blair.
matter is under investigation and is being viewed as a political
incident and, as such, our political liaison officer has taken
statements with a view of forwarding a report to the political
ombudsman-I cannot comment further on the matter," Supt.
Horace Chang, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament
for North West St. James, said that the incident resulted
in a JLP supporter, Troy Moore, being hospitalised with serious
wounds. He added that the two accused persons were Moore's
sister and a PNP supporter, who was in the company of Mrs.
am going to keep my supporters calm, so as not to have increased
violence in the constituency, which could reduce voter turn
out, which we (the JLP) really don't want to happen,"
Chang noted yesterday. He also made an appeal to the PNP leadership
to restrain their supporters and "not use violence as
a strategy in the constituency."
melee comes three days after a joint four-point agreement,
aimed at suppressing tension between opposing Local Government
candidates in the parish, was issued by the leaders of the
two political parties and the police. The consensus was arrived
at during a three-hour meeting convened by Bishop Blair at
the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay last Friday.
discussions followed a request by the PNP for the Ombudsman
to address apparent breaches of the Political Code of Conduct
in St. James. The party had charged that three of their Local
Government candidates, "were either attacked or experienced
some type of intimidation from known JLP supporters."
They also pointed out that pamphlets with slanderous information
relating to two of their candidates were distributed.