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(en) Mauritius, Port Louis, African Reggae Singer Killed in Custody

From CLaw7MAn@webtv.net (Mike Steindel)
Date Mon, 6 Mar 2000 10:31:30 -0500


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Police Custody Death of African Reggae Singer Causes Riots
The government of the small African island of Mauritius has ordered an
inquiry into the rioting that recently brought unrest to the normally
peaceful capital city of Port Louis and surrounding regions. The riots,
which caused four deaths, the firebombing of police stations, the
closing of schools and stores, road-blocking and car-burning, began
after the death of local reggae singer, Kaya. The singer died while in
police custody, after being arrested for smoking marijuana during a
protest for drug legalization. 

While the public accusations have suggested that Kaya's death resluted
from skull fractures inflicted by police, the police authorities deny
that any assault took place and offered no further explanation of Kaya's
death. 

In many ways similar to Jamaica, the island of Mauritius is a small,
pleasant island which serves as a popular tourist destination for
wealthy Europeans. The nation claims to be prosperous and tranquil,
offering stability and harmony for a racially mixed population. However,
a large percentage of that population are creoles, descendents of
slaves, who are mostly poor and underprivileged.



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