West Kingston Residents March For Peace With Ongoing Gang War

West Kingston who
say they are tired of violence in their communities.

Residents from communities in and around West Kingston on sunday took to
the streets with placards as they called for peace in the violence-torn
section of the Jamaican capital.

The peace march, which started at the intersection of Slipe Pen Road and
Hannah Street, Denham Town, and ended at the neighbouring Tivoli
Gardens Police Post, saw Security Minister Peter Bunting, members of the
Jamaica Constabulary Force, led by Commissioner Owen Ellington, and
officials from churches from several communities in West Kingston
walking the streets to show their support.

“We are tired of the crime; enough is enough,” said Kageeh Thomas, who
noted that it had been almost three years since he was able to walk
through some sections of the area because of violence.

Minister Bunting addressed a large crowd of men, women and
children gathered at the intersection of Regent Street and North Street —
one of several stops made through the more than three-hour-long march.
“The children of this [and other] communities deserve peace; they
deserve to grow up without being molested, they deserve to grow up the
normal way children all across the world are allowed to grow up,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner George Quallo, head of Police Area Four, of which
West Kingston is a part, said he was encouraged by the turnout. “This
is the third in a series of initiatives in Area 4 to join with residents
and other organisations to take back communities from these criminal
gangs, and we are really happy to see the turnout,” said Quallo.
 

Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, who heads the West Kingston
Division, shared similar sentiments. “To see people coming this way is
really an encouraging sign and we are hoping and will be working to
ensure that the initiative is maintained,” said McGregor.

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