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    General Elections have been called in Jamaica for October 30th, more than a year before they were required by law.

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    GV & SV PNP Mass rally in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (5 shots)

    GV ZOOM INTO CU Prime Minister Michael Manley speaking to rally from rostrum.

    GV Opposition leader (JLP party) Edward Seaga amongst supporters climbing onto platform and waving to crowd. (2 SHOTS)

    GV Edward Seaga speaking to supporters from rostrum.

    MANLEY:"A few people have dominated the world, have used money to rule it and have ruled it in their own interests. It looks at a world economic system that has no regard for the poor, that has no regard for the small nations, that has no regard for the poor of the small nations. and the policy is dignified policy. It's not a violent policy, it's not a policy of guns. It's a very honourable policy but it's a very clear policy. It is a policy that calls the poor of the world to stand together, to stand firm together, to struggle together, to struggle for change, to struggle for justice, to struggle through organisation, to struggle through will to struggle through determination, ..to struggle to build a new kind of world in which your children and mine will walk with more dignity, with better housing, with better opportunity, with better prices, with better response from the world monetary system. That is the world to which I call you, that is the world for which I struggle and no power will turn me back from that world, and comrades if you're going to walk with me, if you're going to step with me, if you're going move with me, we're moving as warriors. We're moving in determination, we're moving to struggle, we're moving to change that world. No power will turn us back."

    SEAGA:"Nothing can happen to us now that doesn't happen already. nothing can dissuade us now from the purpose to which we have set ourselves. The issues are already clear before us. This Manley government has reduced the country to a state of bankruptcy. This Manley government does not have any money to carry on the government after the end of October. but those of you who wonder why is it that the date of election has been set at the end of this month, the answer is very simple. It had to be the end of this months because they don't have any money to start November."

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    Background: General Elections have been called in Jamaica for October 30th, more than a year before they were required by law. prime Minister Michael Manley made the election announcement in a speech to supporters of his People's National Party (PNP) in Montego Bay on October 6. He used the occasion to launch his own campaign to hold on to the leadership.

    SYNOPSIS: More 100,000 people jammed into Sam Sharpe Square to hear Mr. Manley. he warned them this month's election presented two opposing policies; One linked to a minority who controlled international wealth, and another which united the poor in a struggle to build a just international economic system.

    The same evening in Kingston a crowd gathered at the statute of the founder of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to listen to opposition leader Edward Seaga speaking about the central election issue.

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