Effects persist following riots in Jamaica

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- A police shooting in Jamaica Oct. 25, which left two men dead, led to rioting in Montego Bay and street protests in other parts of the island nation over the weekend.

According to published reports, angry crowds set fire to vehicles on roads in Montego Bay, blocking access to the airport and a nearby Sandals resort.

Although, at press time, police had restored calm, repercussions continued, with Jamaica's association of taxi drivers announcing a nationwide strike of indefinite length to protest the shooting; one of the victims was a taxi driver.

The official word out of Sandals Resorts International is that guests at its 244-room Sandals Montego Bay were unaffected by the disturbances, and that departing clients had no difficulty getting flights home.

The company reported that there are still delays on local roads, but that hotel operations and off-site excursions "continue to function normally."

To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].

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