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Jamaicans return to crime-wracked enclaves

Jamaicans return to crime-wracked enclaves

Scores of residents from two crime-ridden enclaves near Jamaica's capital have returned to their homes two weeks after escalating gang violence forced them to leave, local authorities said Sunday.
"Some people are moving back with the help of the police. The gun activity has stopped and there is some semblance of normalcy," said Monsignor Richard Albert, chairman of a crime-prevention group in the violence-wracked neighborhoods of Gravel Heights and Tredegar Park.
Feuding armed gangs had forced more than 200 people from their homes on Dec. 10. Families packed mattresses, clothes and other belongings into trucks and cars to escape the gun violence.
Police Supt. Assan Thompson said more than 100 arrests of gangsters have been made in recent days. He said they are still looking for the leaders of the One Order and Clansman gangs, known mostly for extortion.
Gang takeovers of impoverished Jamaican communities are fairly common. In recent years, the groups have temporarily ousted residents from east Kingston as well as from poor rural towns.
The most recently targeted communities are located near Spanish Town _ about 14 miles (23 kilometers) west of Kingston _ where gangs have been fighting for control for nearly 10 years.
In early December, a separate gang burned down a tenement in Kingston and left more than 40 people homeless. Most of the victims had lived there for almost 60 years.


Updated : 2020-12-01 08:22 GMT+08:00