Business as usual in Spanish Town - Commuters, business interests remain vigilant

November 01, 2016
Members of the security forces on a murder scene in the March Pen community of Spanish Town, St Catherine, on October 10.

If yesterday's visit to the commercial district in Spanish Town, St Catherine, is anything to go by, it appears that commerce in the Old Capital will not be affected by the violence now threatening the area.

Since last week, the voice notes recorded by a man has been going viral, and have unearthed speculations about public safety as reprisals and counter reprisals in Spanish Town were spoken about.

However, when THE STAR visited the area, a shoe vendor said he is yet to see changes.

"If me follow weh dem a say inna the voice notes, mi nuh come out and no money nuh mek. The only thing is that the police dem say dem nah buss di road. Every December dem normally open the road, but because of that (threats), dem say dem nah buss di road," the vendor told THE STAR, insisting that security measures need to be put in place to ensure safety.

Another vendor told our news team that she has been selling in the area for more than 10 years, and, though concerned about the threat of violence, she remains vigilant.

"The police dem deh here and people a move about the place just the same. This morning, the lines to get buses were long so the crowds still a come out. People a nuh idiot enuh, and Spanish Town people nuh easily frightened," she said.

 

Feeling safe

 

A store owner, who did not want to be named, said, "So far, it's business as usual. We feel safe. The security forces are out in numbers doing regular patrols. Commerce means a lot, not only to us, but the people who have needs. They rely on us."

The transport operators also said they are unaffected by the threats of violence, as passengers are still on their routes.

"Mi hear dem and mi passengers hear dem to. Every drive me drive dem a talk bout dem. Man can stay behind phone and say anything. Look out deh, is business as usual for me," said a taxi driver, who gave his name as Richie.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, told THE STAR that the police are paying close attention to the message.

"We are urging the public to remain calm and be assured that the police are still maintaining a strong presence in Spanish Town in order to restore law and order," she said.

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