I wondered if this was a comedy of errors of some sorts; to think some of the fellas involved in this latest round of challenges in western Jamaica involving some homeless MSM who were actually gifted with lunches and orange coloured PNP paraphernalia in anticipation of the penultimate mass meeting planned for yesterday Sunday 21, 2016 such as horns, t-shirts and stuff only to be ending up in a clash with other supporters of the party as the men were fingered as being gays and did not deserve to be associated with their party. The gifters of the materials probably expected the guys to add some spunk to the revelry given the party atmosphere that comes with these rallies.
This also on the heels of a February 4 report of another prominent gay man and alleged lotto scammer and son on veteran dancehall artist Ninjaman having to seek asylum in Holland as death threats came his way after he or his colleagues posted a video of himself and other men wearing makeup in a PNP motorcade with some supporters in the footage openly supporting them while others hurling homophobic remarks at them even as they reveled in the attention and good spirits. A follow up set of threats and intimidation has reportedly taken place with friends of ‘Ninja’ as he was affectionately called has only sought to make matters worse. There seems to be a surprise backlash from sections of the PNP support base towards persons perceived to be gay and or allegedly involved in scamming by are not ‘letting off’ a thing of money as before as police pressure make some fall from grace. The reported torching of two men in a car in 2015 for failing to deliver monies collected on behalf of a major lead scammer and who it is said the men were gay but good at what they do hence the symbiotic relationship is still on the streets as evidence that as things get tighter desperation and drastic measures are employed to protect monies and to remain active.
The latest matter however stemmed from the ending of the mass meeting in Sam Sharpe Square for the PNP and despite the party leader echoing a call she made in Kingston two weeks ago at that campaign meeting of no violence or intimidation towards anyone it seems on the face of it some of her wagonists did not take the reprimand. Around 9:30pm nearing the dump up beach area was the scene of the melee as the men were followed it is now surmised as persons left the large capacity crowd meeting. The men were in a conversation according to my sources when they were approached by thugs who exchanged words to the effect that they wanted no ‘Fish’ in the election and that Portia Simpson Miller was not about to free ‘battyman’ so they ‘and their kind’ should stay away. The men did not take kindly to this as despite the anti LGBT sentiments overall the PNP continues to enjoy just by observation (difficult to quantify) support from the LGBT population more so than the JLP. The men reacted and a standoff quickly descended into an all out brawl with visiting friends from nearby parishes who also attended the mass rally coming to their aid; the friends had intended to stay the night hanging out on the strip hence their presence.
Stones, sticks and other readily materials easily doubling as materials were drawn came into play ending up with a busted lip, cuts on the face and head of two other persons and hot words exchanges. What seemed to be death threats were offered to the men as they were told they must be or would be shot if they continue to ‘bright up demself’
Sadly the homeless situation has not gotten the attention similar to their counterparts in capital city Kingston and in this case a couple longtimers were involved as well and persons who when possible migrate to that side of the island to try and turn a buck via commercial sex work. The raid by the police in a grand net-fishing exercise in January only sought to complicate matters further and a scattering of persons to the outskirts of to include the forcibly closed Calabash Club once ran by the late Kenrick Bebe Stevenson which raided by cops in 2012. Other clashes with members of the public are too numerous to itemise as intergroup dynamics play out and anti-social behaviours show up. The same can be said for our Kingston counterparts as the last matter was in New Kingston on Grenada Crescent involving men or the proverbial bikers and some of the guys who were hanging out by the parking lot adjacent to Victoria Mutual Building Society and on the piazza of the Flow Jamaica office; an old haunt.
Cruiser versus homeless individuals clashes also continue to occur as well as the battle for territory often produce issues. West King’s Rd for example was the scene of a nasty fight in late hours of February 13, according to reports of a passerby the argument was clearly about someone and man and who was in whose space.
The three injured men got some help from their friends who found a pharmacy in the heart of town and purchasing items to clean and treat the cuts such as band aids and rubbing alcohol.