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Ja's Prime Minister and Opposition leader condemn mass killing in Orlando

Prime Minister Andrew Holness Prime Minister Andrew Holness
KINGSTON, JUNE 14, 2016 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the tragic incident that happened in the United States in Orlando on Sunday is a terrible attack on humanity.

The Prime Minister was speaking this morning (Tuesday, June 14) at a Security and Ethics Conference, hosted by the Ministries of National Security and Education Youth and Information, at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

“The terrorist bullet does not discriminate. It does not know gender, class, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. No one can take comfort to say that would never happen to us. It could happen anywhere to anyone and therefore we must take the security of humanity as our own duty,” said Mr Holness.

The Prime Minister expressed deep and sincere condolences on behalf of all Jamaicans to the Government and people of the United States, especially to the families who have suffered and lost loved ones.

He stated that “The Jamaican Government and people of Jamaica will do everything in our powers to ensure that we play our part in the security of the world.”

And in her reaction to the mass shooting, Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller extended condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives in the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. She has also offered sympathy to those who were injured in the attack.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and all those affected by this unspeakable act of terror. May God grant them the strength to overcome what must be unbearable pain and sadness,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said in a social media post on Sunday (June 12) following the attack.

She added that she sends prayers and support to the people of Orlando, Florida and all the people of the United States in this difficult time.

The Opposition Leader said there can be no excuse for hate and intolerance that motivates acts of violence, the taking of live and injuring of persons. She noted that it is clear that peace anywhere in the world requires love over hatred and tolerance over intolerance.

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