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Last updated: 24 May, 2010 - Published 21:18 GMT
 
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Tivoli explained
 
uptown Kingston
A short drive from uptown Kingston lies its garrison areas
West Kingston has always been an impoverished, under-developed and 'colourful' area since the 1940s.

And its suffering was immortalised on screen in Perry Henzells movie - 'They Harder They Come' starring Jimmy Cliff in 1972.

Within West Kingston is the infamous Tivoli Gardens.

It's one of the most notorious of the government-built housing schemes which Jamaicans have aptly come to call "garrisons".

Paradoxically, Tivoli Gardens, built in the late 1960s on the grounds of a cleared dump called the Dungle - in Jamaican parlance "dung hill" - is named after a Danish amusement park and pleasure garden.

In the 1970s as political tribalism grew so did it's associated violence driven by rival gangs based in the area who aligned themselves to the country's two main political parties.

property burning
Long term tension between police and the people of Tivoli exploded at the weekend

It is alleged that The Shower Posse backed Jamaican Labour Party and another dangerous gang - the Spanglers Posse - the Peoples National Party.

It was the resulting gang-fuelled political warfare that was blamed for Bob Marley getting shot in 1976.

Tivoli Gardens immortalised in several songs sits in close proximity to other deprived areas in the capital Kingston including Trench Town, Denham Town, Washington Gardens and Waterhouse.

 
 
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