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Jamaica travel advice warning

We would advise that you avoid a holiday to Jamaica for the near future, until the violent unrest in and aorund Montego bay is sorted out..

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding has denounced unrest in the capital city Kingston as a “calculated assault on the authority of the state”.

He vowed that criminals would not triumph, after supporters of an alleged druglord took to the streets to stop him from being arrested.

One police station has been set on fire and two others shot at by suspected supporters of Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

The authorities have declared a state of emergency in parts of Kingston.

The trouble began late last week when the authorities announced they would arrest and extradite Mr Coke to the US. His supporters set up barricades and said they would fight to protect him.

Troops and police have come under fire, and smoke is rising from the burning police station.

244 British nationals required consular assistance in Jamaica in the period 01 April 2009 – 31 March 2010 for the following types of incident:

Deaths (24 cases); hospitalisations (9 cases); and arrests, for a variety of offences (75 cases). During this period assistance was also requested with regard to lost or stolen passports (110 cases).

There are high levels of crime and violence, particularly in Kingston. See the Crime section of this Travel Advice.

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