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Jamaica offers reparations for Coral Gardens massacre

APOLOGY: Andrew Holness offers an apology to the Rastarfari community

JAMAICAN PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has issued an apology for the "grave injustice" of an attack made on Rastafarians between April 11 and 12, 1963.

Holness told the House of Representatives it’s important that the state acknowledges when a wrong has been done.

The attack, which took place a year after Jamaica gained its independence from Great Britain, saw as many as 150 Rastafarians arrested, beaten, abused and killed in the attack that took place at Coral Gardens near Montego Bay.

Alongside the apology, the prime minister announced that six lots at a historical property at Pinnacle in rural St. Catherine would be declared as a protected heritage site by the Jamaican National Heritage Trust.

He also promised assistance for the Coral Gardens Benevolent Society and said a trust fund of J $10 million (just over £62,000) would be established for the benefit of survivors.

This year Jamaica will celebrate it's 55th Independence Day.

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