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Jamaicans protest mining in Cockpit Country outside UN General Assembly

Jamaicans have taken the fight to prevent mining in the Cockpit Country to the United Nations, protesting outside Friday's meeting of  the UN General Assembly in New York.

A small group, dressed in Jamaican colours, gathered outside the UN building on the same day Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressed the general assembly.

They bore placards with messages calling for preservation of the ecological area.

Irwin Clare, a Jamaican living in New York, who was one of the protestors, said mining in the Cockpit Country could have serious implications for Jamaica's water supply as the area provides "near 40 per cent of the water for western Jamaica and upwards of 25 per cent of the water for the country of Jamaica."


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