Violent clashes between heavily armed supporters of an alleged drug lord/gang leader and police forces has left 60 people dead in two parishes of Kingston, Jamaica.

The capitol is under a state of emergency after rumors spread last week that the government signed an extradition request from the US for drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, 41.

Coke, who is still at large, is wanted by the US for a multitude of cocaine trafficking and gun running charges. He is alleged to be the leader of a powerful politically-affiliated gang in Kingston. It is those gang members who are risking their lives to prevent his extradition to the US.


Gang members have used tree branches, old cars and refrigerators as barricades to seal off Mr Coke’s hideout in Tivoli Gardens, where he has developed a loyal following among slum-dwellers by offering money, jobs, education and security [link].

Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding signed the extradition papers for Coke last week after US authorities badgered him and accused him of benefiting financially from Coke's criminal enterprises. Mr. Golding had blocked the extradition request for months before reversing his decision.

Golding reacted angrily to ABC news reports that he was somehow affiliated with Coke's gang.

“Prime Minister Bruce Golding has categorically denied and dismissed as extremely offensive, reports on the US-ABC network which describe him as ‘a known criminal affiliate of hunted drug lord’, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke,” his official statement said [link].

Meanwhile, life goes on in Kingston amid the urban warfare.

My oldest sister and her husband -- both born and raised in Jamaica - visited with us over the weekend. They flew back to Jamaica on Sunday. They were able to get to their jobs in downtown Kingston on Monday and Tuesday by driving the long way around the civil unrest.

They dismissed reports that Kingston was entirely under siege, although they can hear sporadic gunfire off in the distance.

  • Acemaster

    That is sad, and Good morning sandra rose family

  • lexdiamonz

    JAH now the craziest thing is the US had him in custody some years ago after he did his time they deported him Golding must be shook to extradite him ..... US slapping sanctions again.... my husband is from Jamaica and says de bwouy is a bloodclot wicked terrorist and America will never take em alive !!! LOL send Bolt in there to catch his azz

  • kcicero

    This is so sad...the war on drugs is a joke....if we really wanted to stop Drugs from entering into the US then we'd have to look no further than our own govt. :coffee:

  • FloridaChick813

    Wasnt Jamaica just worried about someone's video, because it made Jamaica seem dangerous??? :shrug:

    Uhhh, looks like we dont need a music video to tell us that :coffee:

    But I still cant wait to go visit :cheer:

  • militaryspouse1

    This is truly a tragedy. People really need to do better. GM everyone

  • FloridaChick813

    if we really wanted to stop Drugs from entering into the US then we’d have to look no further than our own govt.
    ________________

    :cosign:

  • Cinderella

    I hope and :pray: that this comes to an end very soon. Too many lives have been lost and disrupted

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    @kcicero: Hey lady! Lovely picture of your family! I just want to love all up on that youngest one. She's too cute and juicy.

    On topic- Wow! This really sounds like something out of a movie :blink: I will pray this situation doesn't last longer than it should and that no one else gets hurt.

  • aqtpie

    Wow! This is sooooo sad!!

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    FloridaChick813 says:

    Wasnt Jamaica just worried about someone’s video, because it made Jamaica seem dangerous???
    Uhhh, looks like we dont need a music video to tell us that
    But I still cant wait to go visit
    ---------
    Same here, dear. :blunt:

  • H-Townmama

    This is so sad…the war on drugs is a joke….if we really wanted to stop Drugs from entering into the US then we’d have to look no further than our own govt.
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    :cosign: 100%

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco

    This is very unsettling society vs government equates to anarchy no one wins I pray for them I pray GOD intervenes this has the potential of becoming so disastrous...

  • kcicero

    Hey Vonne! :waves: How u been hun? You like my fat-fat? I'll lend her to you until her first teeth crack the gums...she's driving me crazy :yes: I love your new gravi too, I am so looking forward to the beach in July!!

  • mirsmommy

    This is indeed sad, and the worst part, innocent people can or prolly already have been caught up in the crossfire. I'm :pray: that this comes to an end soon.

  • FloridaChick813

    Owwwww @ Yvonne

    Funny you used that smiley, cause I was gonna say "they have the best ganga" -- LOL

  • CivilEngineer

    AWWWWW @kc's gravi

    On topic: :shrug: happy I'm not a military leader...I keep thinking drop a bomb on them, which I know is a terrible idea

  • iciaantica

    Good Morning SR family...this is sad I pray no one that is innocent loses their lives over this and I pray for those who have families

  • breniqua

    Imma need this foolishness to stop ASAP!! I fly to Jamaica next Thursday!!!

  • Chgoprime

    This is so sad. I had a feeling it might come to this....

  • Man, I just don’t care™

    @KCICERO

    The "War on Drugs" is nothing more than the "War on Blacks." How you goin know EXACTLY how, where, why, when and who are producing the drugs and exporting them and STILL ain't did "chit" about it.

    Prosecuting the lowest level people to maximum prison sentences and giving deals to the "Drug Dons" and chit. Pure foolishness. The good part is that the Goverment's intentions of flooding the minority communities with drugs to destablish grass roots organizations back fired and has infiltrated the yt communities as well.
    :coffee:

  • Redeemed777

    12 THE WICKED plotteth against the just,
    and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

    13 THE LORD shall laugh at him:
    for he seeth that his day is coming.

    14 THE WICKED have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
    to cast down the poor and needy,and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

    15 THEIR SWORD shall enter into their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.

    16 A LITTLE that a righteous man hath
    is better than the riches of many wicked.

    PSALM 37: 12-16

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    @kcicero: I'm well. No complaints here...
    Regarding the beach, I'm supposed to go to Mexico in October. I am experiencing an extreme case of cabin fever and can't wait that long. Maybe I will wait to see if Delta has a weekend special to the Bahamas or Jamaica, something! I should be laid out someone's beach with a drink in my hand.

  • FloridaChick813

    @ iciaantica

    I think ur pic is soooo cute! I try to take pics like that, but they always come out looking goofy, rather than cute!

  • mirsmommy

    Exactly and :cosign: @ kcicero & man

  • http://oneperfectassistant.com ggouch

    In a society where youg mean glorify and make heros of the Scarfaces of the world...someone some where has already begun to dream about being the next "Coke".

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    ABC needs to print an effing retraction...Their article was full of numerous misinformation and blatant LIES.

    ABC says: By Monday night, Coke's gun-toting supporters had taken control of the Kingston Public Hospital, and the hospital's one surgeon has been treating at least 14 Coke loyalists.

    That is FALSE...My BFFs sister is a doctor there and said that is a LIE...Also the major hospital in the capital of the country only has one surgeon??? Really???

    And who is the US to characterize the leader of a democratic nation as a "known criminal affiliate?" :rolleyes:

  • Daisy

    :pray: for @Rene fam and all others in harms way

  • kcicero

    @civil thanks :)

    @Man :yes: We're ---->here<---- I know firsthand...my sis did 5 years in Fed pen for conspiracy because the ones actually trafficking copped a deal and snitched on her BF & told the prosecutors she knew what was going on. A all white jury in NC convicted her despite minimum evidence and the fact that she had 4 kids all under 18...

    @Yvonne ooooh you talking about cabin fever...with 3 kids all under the age of five at home with me all day everyday and add on to that me being in college again...OC, MD isn't coming fast enough. Anyways when u get there have a drink 4 me I'll take a cranberry on the rocks :lol:

  • mirsmommy

    renegadesince1985 says:

    And who is the US to characterize the leader of a democratic nation as a “known criminal affiliate?”
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    Heyyyy Rene

    See kcicero and man's comments. That same US that let's that ish happen. :coffee:

  • kcicero

    renegadesince1985 says:

    And who is the US to characterize the leader of a democratic nation as a “known criminal affiliate?”

    :claps:

    I pray all is well with your fam!

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    Oh and I didn't bother to check where you got your info Sandra...but the OFFICIAL count from the Jamaican Ombudsman is not 60 it is 44.

    And your family is either very brave or dedicated to their job seeing as how all the businesses in downtown are locked and barricaded because most of the violence is happening downtown.

  • Acemaster

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  • pointhimout

    wow. i guess. are they this passionate about injustice in Jamaica and maybe education or something of a social nature, ya know, things that really matter?

  • CivilEngineer

    I will always believe that drugs like cocaine are manufactured by our government...maybe even HIV/AIDS like Kanye said.

  • meanNsurly

    Rene I'm praying for your family and all others caught within this tragedy.

  • CivilEngineer

    Atleast we have @Renegade to give us FACTS! :yes:

  • http://twitter.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    so his name is coke and he deals coke?

  • BklynJa

    @ lexdiamonz "Coke" has never set foot on US soil the person that you are refering to was his father's partner Vivian Blake.

  • Al-Ameera

    renegadesince1985 says:

    ABC needs to print an effing retraction…Their article was full of numerous misinformation and blatant LIES.

    ABC says: By Monday night, Coke’s gun-toting supporters had taken control of the Kingston Public Hospital, and the hospital’s one surgeon has been treating at least 14 Coke loyalists.

    That is FALSE…My BFFs sister is a doctor there and said that is a LIE…Also the major hospital in the capital of the country only has one surgeon??? Really???

    And who is the US to characterize the leader of a democratic nation as a “known criminal affiliate?”
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    I agree, the media is full of propaganda. There is always a slant on the story. I don’t know what is really going on over there but I do know that when this guy’s father was arrested to be extradited to the U.S. his jail cell miraculously caught on fire and he was killed, so they say that’s why Coke won’t allow the police to come get him, He thinks they want to kill him.

    Ughhh I just wish it would stop. I am leaving for Jamaica at 7 tonight and it’s just too much with all that’s going on over there. This is my third trip there and still won’t be able to make it to Kingston.

  • MissGauzzz

    @kcicero...

    :blink: wow...that's messed up what happened with your sister! the whole drug thing and how our youth glorifies that shi.t renders me speechless! now i see why my son says he doesn't want to have kids...hell i look at him (he's 22) and feel sorry for the shi.t i know he's gonna have to go through just being a young black man.

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    Thanks for all the prayers guys! *e-hug*

    My family is fine...most left Kingston yesterday and are at my grandmother's house in Mandeville which is about an 1.5 hrs from there.

  • BeautifulBliss

    Sad.
    IDK why they were tripping about Drake's video portraying them as violent.
    Obviously, they are.

    smh@ the nickname Coke, though. So cool. :rolleyes:

  • http://oneperfectassistant.com ggouch

    Renegade... continue to keep us properly informed!! I love that about you.

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    @Al-Ameera

    I'm sorry you won't get to visit Kingston...but there's really not that much to see there, so don't feel bad. It's flat, unbearably hot, and full of traffic...lol.

    Yes, his dad was the original leader of the Shower Posse...funnily enough, the US CIA assisted them back in the Seaga/Manley election...they sent them militia style weapons to ensure that Seaga won. And so began the Shower Posse....

  • kcicero

    @MissGauzzz and the sad part is that this happens on the regular, they let known criminals go free just to cop a deal, smh. The only thing we can do for the younger generation of black males is :pray: hard because they have so many chips stacked against them before they even leave the womb...

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    BeautifulBliss says:

    Sad.
    IDK why they were tripping about Drake’s video portraying them as violent.
    Obviously, they are.

    Yes because judging from the Bloods and Crypts here in the US...all americans are violent....obviously :rolleyes:

  • BklynJa

    What people fail to realize is that when you have poverty and an injustice goverment these things are bound to happen. This man is looked to as saviour because he's the one keeping their kids in school, funding community activites, making sure people eat basically doing all the things the government should be doing, so what do they expect when they try to take that from poor people nothing but chaos. No matter what I LOVE MY LAND OF WOOD WATER AND SUNSHINE

  • starr

    I"m so glad u posted this sandra.....breaks my heart to see whats happening to my sweet Jamaica.

    But this is our history....Violence corruption, the politicians...it goes on and on. its nasty. I am/was planning to do down in January....Ummm, not so sure about that rite now.

    And the ABC story is right but its factually incorrect...if that makes any sense lol But yea...its inaccurate.

  • H-Townmama

    @Rene
    Im :pray: for you and your fam right now, along with all the other innocent people who are caught up in this situation directly or indirectly.
    @ Man, Civil, and KC
    If only people really knew how wicked and corrupt the US government is. I wholeheartedly believe the drugs that infiltrated the once strong and resilient black community was planted by the feds...I also belive that although this is very important, that it is probably a cover to deflect attention off of something else. thats usually how it happens, bills that restrict more rights get signed and ish on the DL.

  • BklynJa

    @renegadesince1985 mi kno it hard but nuh mek dem get to yuh try dem nuh kno betta dem cyan do betta

  • TSRBenz

    i doubt christopher coke will make it out of his hide out alive the standoff to get him out will turn deadly

  • AprilRain

    This is sad :(

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    BklynJa says:

    @renegadesince1985 mi kno it hard but nuh mek dem get to yuh try dem nuh kno betta dem cyan do betta

    ______________________________________________________________________
    Yeah man...people jus chat to much raas foolishness an dem nuh know a ting bout weh wi come from.

  • VAALLDAY

    This is really sad. I mean really all of this over some drugs.

  • Al-Ameera

    renegadesince1985 says:

    @Al-Ameera

    I’m sorry you won’t get to visit Kingston…but there’s really not that much to see there, so don’t feel bad. It’s flat, unbearably hot, and full of traffic…lol.

    Yes, his dad was the original leader of the Shower Posse…funnily enough, the US CIA assisted them back in the Seaga/Manley election…they sent them militia style weapons to ensure that Seaga won. And so began the Shower Posse….
    ********************************
    Yeah I'm jusy being a brat, I'm sure it's not the last time I will be in JA.

    Anyway, that’s what gets me. There is always some corrupt government somewhere (whether it be U.S. or their own) being the hidden hand and financing or providing arms for this type of foolishness and then when sh*t hits the fan no one knows what happened, everyone is all in a state of emergency.

    When I read that Coke and his crew has more weapons than the Jamaican Government, Military or Police….Just tell me how is that possible without some outside help?

  • AprilRain

    lol @Rene # 52... I will be :pray: for your fam...

  • Al-Ameera

    VAALLDAY says:

    This is really sad. I mean really all of this over some drugs.
    *****************************
    Actually, it's not really about the drugs at this point. There is a whole long history about this...Google it.

    Coke is a very successful business man. And he last name really is Coke, not because he sells it

  • BklynJa

    renegadesince1985 says:

    BklynJa says:

    @renegadesince1985 mi kno it hard but nuh mek dem get to yuh try dem nuh kno betta dem cyan do betta

    ______________________________________________________________________
    Yeah man…people jus chat to much raas foolishness an dem nuh know a ting bout weh wi come from.

    A suh it go all di while. I really wish people would get their facts straight before they make comments

  • http://facebook.com/Im2thick4u 2thick4u

    Well after reading the comments I have been enlightened to the facts!!

    I heard about this yesterday and wondered what the hell happened now over 40 people are dead...WOW!!!

    I :pray: that no more innocent people get hurt but I am glad that Kingston is getting media attention. This nation needs help, not just money from tourism but there government needs to care more for their people!!!

  • jazi65

    smdh @ this senseless violence.

    Kingston is the only side of JM I haven't been to. I was looking forward to visiting the BM museum in Aug.

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    jazi65 says:

    smdh @ this senseless violence.

    Kingston is the only side of JM I haven’t been to. I was looking forward to visiting the BM museum in Aug.

    I'm sure by August it will be fine...Also you can check out the other Bob Marley museum in Ocho Rios...that one's really good too.

  • jazi65

    I’m sure by August it will be fine…Also you can check out the other Bob Marley museum in Ocho Rios…that one’s really good too.

    *****************************

    Ochie is my favorite spot! But I hear so much about the one is Kingston (and the beautiful scenery on the way there), I really want to see it.

  • NubianJ

    I heard this guy really didn't do anything. Dem tell a lie pon him deh! Leaving for montego bay next week to see my boo. Can't wait to sip jamaican rum punches and party lol. I hope everything will be alright next week when I get there. The police I heard on there job in mo bay because the white folks are still there and they getting scared.

    IMO the US should have just left that man alone. GAZA mi seh!

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    NubianJ says:

    I heard this guy really didn’t do anything. Dem tell a lie pon him deh! Leaving for montego bay next week to see my boo. Can’t wait to sip jamaican rum punches and party lol. I hope everything will be alright next week when I get there. The police I heard on there job in mo bay because the white folks are still there and they getting scared.

    IMO the US should have just left that man alone. GAZA mi seh!

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    This is a prime example of what is wrong with our society. Our people are dying like animals in the street and you have the nerve to come on here talking about Gaza??? Do you even know what is going on? Are you living in an raasclaat dreamworld? You betta wake up! You screaming Gaza and obviously you live in the US or somewhere other than JA....STFU wid that bomboclaat foolishness...you know anyting bout Gaza? You even know weh dat deh????????

    Furthermore you want to come on here and defend Dudus???? A man that has held the entire nation hostage?? If he was so bloodclaat innocent why the hell doesn't he turn himself in???

    You definitely don't understand wha clock ah strike...awhooaaa...somebody need fi drop you raas into Gaza and see how long you will be singing that tune...raas eeediat

    ...Some bwoy nuh notice..dem only come around like tourist...on the beach with a few club sodas..bedtime stories...and pose like dem name chuck norris...and don't know the real hardcore... Welcome to JAMROCK

  • starr

    @rene

    Tell why u mad!!!

    I read that comment and was like waaahhhhttttt

  • Invictus

    Renegadesince 1985 thanks for "lighting har up" for me. I wasn't gonna comment until she opened her mouth and started shi**ing all over the page, bout raas Gaza.

  • BklynJa

    NubianJ says:

    I heard this guy really didn’t do anything. Dem tell a lie pon him deh! Leaving for montego bay next week to see my boo. Can’t wait to sip jamaican rum punches and party lol. I hope everything will be alright next week when I get there. The police I heard on there job in mo bay because the white folks are still there and they getting scared.

    IMO the US should have just left that man alone. GAZA mi seh!
    -----------------------------------------------------------------

    Have ever been to Gaza do you even know where it is. Somethings are better left unsaid. Mo Bay is no where near what's going now, do unnderstand that this one man has turned the island upside down. Regardless of what he's wanted to for he should be charged with treason against his own counrty people are dying to protect him and not thinking about their tomorrow if he really cared he would turn himself in instead of keeping up wid di F U C K E R Y

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    renegadesince1985 says:

    Oh and I didn’t bother to check where you got your info Sandra…but the OFFICIAL count from the Jamaican Ombudsman is not 60 it is 44.
    And your family is either very brave or dedicated to their job seeing as how all the businesses in downtown are locked and barricaded because most of the violence is happening downtown.

    ********************************************

    Well, according to media outlets, the death toll is over 60 now. My sister and brother-in-law have to work, so they don't have a choice (he's an engineer). And, no, all of the businesses in Kingston are not closed and boarded up. You're not there and they are. It's easy for you to speculate in the safety of your home while they are dodging bullets.

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    Ahh...MY ENTIRE FAMILY IS THERE....My cousin was shot at yesterday....so I think I know what I'm talking about...I don't see you dodging any bullets sitting behind your laptop...Seems to me you are the one speculating...

    I was just saying that they are brave or dedicated because most people in downtown did not go to work because Tivoli Gardens where all the mayhem is going on is a hop, skip and a jump away. I wasn't trying to throw shade...I watched the Jamaican news with my own eyes that showed many business being boarded up for fear of looting...my Aunt was approached downtown by men in masks holding AK 47s ordering her to go home because "people ah go dead"...The government ordered people to stay out of Downtown...I also watched the Minister of Information as well as the JDF say that on Jamaican news...My best friend's Dad is also a Member of Parliament....So....I think my sources are VERY CREDIBLE...thank you very much.

    The US media is reporting FALSE information...The US Department just issued a statement denying all the claims made in the ABC article I referred to.

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com is a credible source, along with cvmtv.com. CNN is also credible as they have reporters down there.

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    hh…MY ENTIRE FAMILY IS THERE….My cousin was shot at yesterday….so I think I know what I’m talking about…I don’t see you dodging any bullets sitting behind your laptop…Seems to me you are the one speculating…

    I was just saying that they are brave or dedicated because most people in downtown did not go to work because Tivoli Gardens where all the mayhem is going on is a hop, skip and a jump away. I wasn’t trying to throw shade…I watched the Jamaican news with my own eyes that showed many business being boarded up for fear of looting…my Aunt was approached downtown by men in masks holding AK 47s ordering her to go home because “people ah go dead”…The government ordered people to stay out of Downtown…I also watched the Minister of Information as well as the JDF say that on Jamaican news…My best friend’s Dad is also a Member of Parliament….So….I think my sources are VERY CREDIBLE…thank you very much.

    The US media is reporting FALSE information…The US Department just issued a statement denying all the claims made in the ABC article I referred to.

    Jamaica Observer is a credible source, along with CVM TV. CNN is also credible as they have reporters down there.

  • http://facebook.com/renz.renegadesince1985 renegadesince1985

    *US State Department