The Caribbean island of Jamaica is approaching general elections later this year against a background of street violence, inflation, unemployment and food shortages.
GV INT ZOOM SCU Prime Minister Michael Manley of jamaica speaking in English to crowd at Adelphi, Jamaica.
SCU Mr. Manley speaking in English and GV crowd. (7 SHOTS)
MANLEY: "The financial crisis we have been through, the hellfire pressure upon this country in the last seven years, external pressure, pressure from outside, pressure from world conditions, pressure from imperialism, pressure from inside, pressure from sabotage, inside this country. And in the face of all of that, just a while ago I drive. I drive up to York, and I drive on an access road. No government ever before worked like this government, to give access roads to towns. We are the only government that has ever laid out an actual code in writing, and taken it abroad and said 'Foreign capital you are welcome to come to Jamaica, provided you come on a basis of respect for our people, and provided you come to help us build our nation. So when they tell you that they can bring private capital and we can't they lie or them have a secret them not shows. because comrades, let me be clear with you, let me be clear, there are certain kinds of private capital in the world that go to certain countries, and they go to those countries that smash up the trade union movement, that smash up workers' rights, that smash up land reform. If you go to a country like Chile, under the fascist butcher and dictator Pinochet, there's a certain kind of foreign capital that run into Chile now, but the trade union movement is dead. The workers' movement is dead. Land reform is dead. All the land that Allende worked to bring to the peasants and farmers of Chile, the whole of them gone, back to the foreign speculations. And therefore, imperialism love that kind of country. So let the Labor Party beware how they talk about foreign capital."
Violence in Jamaica has increased since the Parliamentary election was announced in February, 1980. Since then, more than 250 people have died. Origins of the violence, apart from poverty are not clear. Some killings seem political, some drug-related, some simply criminal. The opposition Jamaica Labor (correct) Party has accused the PNP of stirring up violence so a state of emergency can be declared before the election.On unemployment, Jamaica's Manufacturers' Association says that since January, 1980, 78 factories have closed, adding 5,250 to the jobless total. Almost a third of the labour force of 900,000 is out of work.
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Background: The Caribbean island of Jamaica is approaching general elections later this year against a background of street violence, inflation, unemployment and food shortages. Despite the upheavals, Prime Minister Michael Manley, who leads the People's National Party (PNP) is sure he will retain government at the election. Mr. Manley blames developments on the international scene for many of Jamaica's troubles and is confident the public opinion polls, indicating his defeat, are wrong. His supporters agree and many of them attended a PNP pre-election rally at Adelphi in the far northwest of the island on Thursday (31 July).