We Don’t Need No Don – Organized crime & politics in Jamaica


‘We Don’t Need No Don’ – Organized crime and politics in Jamaica

Audio MP3 (25:30, 128kpbs, stereo)

On Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding declared a state of emergency over the Jamaican capital Kingston. The following week, a four-day offensive by the Jamaican State’s armed forces left 73 dead, a number many fear could be significantly higher. The violence predominantly occured in the Kingston neigbourhoods of Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens.

What had caused this desperate situation? Som say, that the roots of the problem can be traced back to the United States’ extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, made to Jamaica in September 2009.

But the extreme violence not only highlights the repercussion of this attempted implementation of international justice. It also sheds light on the roots of organized crime and politics in Jamaica, as well as how other nations, particularly the United States, are implicated in the situation through the international drugs trade.

This CKUT documentary explores the roots of organized crime in Jamaica, how the Jamaican diaspora accross Canada and the United States are affected by the recent violence, and investigates potential long- and short-term solutions to the problem.

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