Jamaica declares emergency in capital after attacks Americans warned to stay away

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Jamaica declared a state of emergency in two parishes in Kingson, Jamaica on Sunday after attack in the capital.  There were shootings and fire bombings on a police station as a drug lord faces extradition to the United States.

The parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew have been declared in a state of emergency at 6:00 pm Sunday. 

Jamaica is a popular tourist destination but when two police stations were attacked and one set on fire, the state of emergency had to be declared.  One policeman has been injured.

Supporters of Christopher Coke “Dudos” are protecting him from extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges. The U.S. Department of State issued a travelers warning to the Kingston Metropolitan area.

The problem began when Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced he was issuing a rule to allow the United States to extradite “Coke” who U.S. officials say is responsible for the murder of hundreds of people during the 1980’s “Shower Posse.” 

“Coke” is a leader of the Jamaican Labour party and is very powerful causing a rift between Jamaica and the U.S.  At first, Jamaica refused the U.S. request in August of 2009 to extradite Coke because Jamaica claimed the United States gained evidence against “Coke” through illegal wiretaps.

This is a mess with legal ramifications for Prime Minister Golding and the people of Jamaica, but it is not safe to travel to Jamaica right now.

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