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
The company reported that there are still delays on local roads,
but that hotel operations and off-site excursions "continue to
To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].