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Elder care home handed over to Coral Gardens survivors

Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Horace Chang and Pamela Rowe Williams, Secretary of the Rastafari Coral Gardens Benevolent Society
 
The elder care home which was promised to survivors of the Coral Gardens incident in 1963 was officially handed over in Norwood, St. James on Thursday.
 
The home was opened last month.
 
It is part of the government's compensation package for the incident and the atrocities against the Rastafarian community.
 
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Horace Chang expressed disappointment that elements of discrimination against the Rastafarian community still exist in Jamaica. 
 
The Coral Gardens incident in St. James, resulted from an altercation involving Rastafarians and members of the security forces.
 
This led to the detention of Rastafarians islandwide.
 
Several of them were tortured and killed.
 
Pamela Rowe Williams, Secretary of the Rastafari Coral Gardens Benevolent Society, has proposed the development of policies, which should include sanctions, where discrimination is proven against Rastafarians. 
 
Mrs Rowe Williams said the Public Defender's Office should be strengthened to investigate the allegations of discrimination and recommend charges.
 
 


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