April 22, 1999 |
Jamaicans protesting tax hikes blocked major roads with burning barricades of tires and furniture, defying police who fired warning shots and tear gas. At least six people were reported killed in the riots. Violent protests have swept the Caribbean island since the government announced $100 million in new taxes Friday. But Prime Minister P.J. Patterson indicated late Wednesday that his government is ready to back down from a 30% increase in fuel prices.
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July 11, 2004 |
Hugh Shearer, 81, a prime minister in the early stages of Jamaica's independence, died Monday at his home in Kingston, his family announced. The cause of death was not reported. Serving as prime minister from 1967 to 1972, Shearer succeeded Donald Sangster, who died in office. Shearer's "death has deprived Jamaica of a quintessential nationalist and a dedicated political leader," said Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson.
July 16, 2005 |
Residents rushed to stock up on emergency supplies and made plans to evacuate coastal areas Friday as Hurricane Emily headed toward Jamaica. Packing winds of 115 mph, the second major hurricane of the Atlantic season was expected to pass very close to Jamaica today, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
March 31, 1993 |
The conservative People's National Party won a crushing victory Tuesday in parliamentary elections marred by confusion approaching chaos and partisan conflicts that neared serious violence. With more than 60% of the vote counted, computer projections gave the PNP and its leader, Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, at least 64% of the vote against 36% for the opposition Jamaica Labor Party of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who conceded defeat.
March 8, 1997 |
Michael Manley, the former prime minister who took Jamaica to the forefront of the developing world's nonaligned movement in the 1970s, has died. He was 72. Manley died at his home Thursday night, the official Jampress news agency reported Friday. He had been battling prostate cancer. In his first two terms as prime minister, from 1972 to 1980, Manley was a firebrand socialist and champion of the nonaligned movement.
April 21, 1999 |
Gunfire, looting and flaming roadblocks paralyzed Jamaica's capital on Tuesday as protesters defied police firing tear gas and warning shots. One woman was killed and six other people wounded, police said. The Police Information Center said the woman, who was not identified, was shot dead by a private security guard during rioting in Kingston, the capital. Demonstrators were protesting a government decision Thursday to increase gasoline prices from $1.55 a gallon to $2.