Kingston, Jamaica — Bahamian students residing in Jamaica at this hour are calling on the Bahamian government to evacuate them quickly as tensions rise on that tiny Caribbean nation.
“Keep the Bahamian students informed on what the government is doing BP, this situation is getting scary and they need to bring us home,” one student studying at the Mona Campus told BP late today.
The Gleaner is also reporting sporadic shootings in Kingston at this hour. Resistance by members of the public to release drug lord, Christopher Dudus Coke, to US authorities have erupted violence on the streets of Jamaica.
The national guard of Jamaica have moved into townships to quiet the violence and a state of emergency was declared by Prime Minister Bruce Golding last night. Since the violence erupted, two police officers are dead and more than 6 civilians are wounded at last report in St. Andrew parish.
Bahamas Press is also advised since the criminal elements of Jamaica began their reign of terror and declared war in the country, three police stations have been firebombed by rebels opposing Coke’s extradition.
No statement have come, however, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here in the Bahamas on plans to evacuate Bahamian students studying in Jamaica.
BP can confirm Minister Brent Symonette is meeting with officials in his department at this hour to make a final decision following the violence.
BP calls on the minister to quickly address the matter and step in to protect Bahamian students caught in the war now escalating on the ground.