Jamaica Angry Island

A violent response to austerity

"Capitalism--gone--mad," sang the demonstrators to a calypso beat as they danced in the Jamaican capital of Kingston. But not all the protests that paralyzed much of the Caribbean island last week were so harmonious. At least seven people were killed and 20 injured in angry demonstrations and looting triggered by a 21% rise in fuel prices, the latest austerity measure by the government of Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Protesters blocked roads with debris until broadcast appeals by Seaga and his political opponent, former Prime Minister Michael Manley, ended the disturbances by late Wednesday. Soon after, a calm blanketed the city, broken...

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