A Bashing in Jamaica
This is hatred. Set someone apart. Make them “other.” Make them less than human.
This is where it leads. This is what it looks like.
This is a lynching. This is a hate crime.
Warning: The images and video after the jump are disturbing and violent.
FALMOUTH, Trelawny – A cross-dreser was set upon and severely beaten by a mob in Falmouth’s Water Square yesterday morning.
Police who were called to the scene had to fire warning shots to disperse the stone-throwing, stick-wielding mob, which succeeded in tearing off the man’s black-and-white form-fitting blouse and jet black wig.
… The news of the man’s presence in the community spread rapidly and in a matter of minutes scores of angry residents converged on the scene and began to rain blows all over the cross-dresser’s body with sticks, stones and whatever weapon they could find.
“Where is the police station at?” the frightened man screamed.
… “B***y boy fe dead,” persons among the mob shouted.
The sentiments were echoed by the rest of the riled-up crowd.
“Falmouth no pet no b***y boy. We no want none a them bout here,” one woman yelled.
After the mob dispersed, the victim was whisked off in a police service vehicle, much to the disapproval of the crowd who rushed upon the vehicle demanding the man’s release.
… The man was admitted to hospital. However, a police spokesman said last night that a group of people, who wanted to beat the man on his release, were waiting outside the hospital, which, he said, could delay his release from the health facility.
This is a lynching. A black-on-black lynging. Some context.