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What You Should Know / May 22, 2010

www.winnipegfreepress.com -- KINGSTON, Jamaica - In a gritty slum, they are preparing for war. They are building barricades of junked cars and sandbags, making Molotov cocktails and pitching barbed wire over power lines. They are waiting for the police, who they believe will come for Christopher "Dudus" Coke, a 5-foot-4-inch neighbourhood boss that the U.S. Justice Department calls one of the world's most dangerous drug lords. Kingston has been jittery since Prime Minister Bruce Golding this week reversed his long-standing refusal to extradite Coke to the United States on drugs and arms-trafficking charges. The U.S., Canada and Britain have issued travel alerts, warning of possible violence and unrest, and most Jamaicans are steering clear of downtown Kingston entirely. Dudus' headquarters, on the west side of the city, is the Tivoli Gardens housing project. Hundreds of residents, many dressed in white, marched peacefully outside a police station Thursday with signs reading: "No Dudus, No Jamaica!"

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