Sixty dead people, thirty according for others: no certainty on the numbers as often happens when the wars are very far from the media. The only certainty is that the final number will be known only at the end when clashes between traffickers and police, in Jamaica, will stop. A carnage that could last for a long time, at least until will be arrested the drug boss, Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
continue to idolize and consider him a hero like Robin Hood. Even in the recent demonstrations some
supporters have compared him to Jesus, saying they were ready to die for
Christopher Coke hides himself from a thousand of police men who are looking for him. Maybe he is already fled abroad, while the city of Kingston is under siege. The catching of a drug dealer has become a civil war with many casualties and already 211 people arrested.
Everything started when Prime Minister Bruce Golding decided to yield to U.S. pressure and try to arrest Coke, after nine months of the request by the U.S. The collusion of Prime Minister with the king of drugs is not a secret. The U.S. services have even intercepted him while they were talking at the phone.
Golding changed his mind and approved the extradition and the arrest of Coke become a priority. The soldiers began searching house to house in the area of Tivoli Gardens, the stronghold of Dudus. Waiting for the army were not only Coke's armed men, ready to fight, but even the poorest to whom the trafficker guaranteed food and economic sustenance.
So the capture of Coke, officially a social worker in the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens, (among the poorest of Kingston), is becoming increasingly difficult. With the growing number of victims, the Prime Minister could only ask forgiveness for the loss of lives in the clashes and ensure the rapid restoration of order.
The U.S. State Department spokesman, Philip Crowley, tried to deny any U.S. involvement in Coke's capture, especially after they started fighting. "The extradition request was made some time ago but only recently Jamaican authorities have decided to take action and start looking for Coke", said a US spokesman. He even said (almost to validate the thesis) that the assistance provided by the United States to capture Coke were only flak jackets.
The Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has always been very close to Coke but it now appears determined to erase from collective memory the idea that Jamaica is a country where the drug is easily marketed. That's why he choose to arrest Coke who's accused of murdering 1,400 people in the 1980s drug wars in the United States.
If the wanted man had not already ran away and he would arrested, nobody knows what will be the popular reaction. The fighting could go on and completely undermine (as many fear) the tourist season, the only real source of income for this country, especially now during the global recession.
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