CVM TV carried the latest on October 15th:
Previous incidents just meters away from the very spot in 2011/2/3: Men rushed in New Kingston .... police hold 4
Here was one of the more bizarre news items just infront of the gully in 2011
And we continue to reap the world-wind for not addressing homelessness when it was manageable
Homeless MSM make news again ....... for all the wrong reasons
and Star News sensationalizes male commercial sex worker issues .....
Sadly some opportunists are using this latest incidents to make themselves praise worthy more than really addressing the issues and sending out pretentious appeals for clothing for the men when this issue has been with us for so long after the closure Safe House Pilot project in 2009 of which said persons were associated as board members of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life. Deceptive crisis reporting designed to create an alarmist approach while preying on the overseas perception in certain overseas quarters that Jamaica is the most homophobic place on earth is on in earnest yet these same voices were silent for years on homelessness. Case in point on Maurice Tomlinson who is milking this one for all its got, his recent blog post however on 76crimes exposes the contempt however and elitist position that is really the core. Even after JFLAG (who failed the men for years in providing redress) sent Mr Tomlinson a list of names of some homeless men in Kingston and he thought it above his pay position to come down to the level of the men to engage them directly whilst at the same time parading their plight as news. The deception is clear to all with objectivity and experience.
Something is going to have to give, while I sympathize with the men and have so for a long time the matter of public order has to be taken into account as this matter has been drawn out far too long as privileged homosexuals with their public pretentious concern and private contempt leave them out in the cold. The rebellious nature of the men as I presume a lengthy antecedence and is not by chance that they have to resort to such but when it becomes so normative then we are in a different territory and any rehabilitation exercise is going to be very tenuous and long to address same. If only the Safe House was kept open and the resources afforded to it instead it was dubiously closed even as folks like Maurice Tomlinson and other powerful influentials sat by on the board of governors.
Commendable that a female lawyer got involved in trying to file a report at the station but she got the response many of us have gotten before in dealing with this issue, my days at JFLAG flash before me when I saw the story some pics were also taken of the gully