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Minister of National Security, Dwight Nelson told dancehall artistes Mavado and Vybz Kartel that competitiveness does not have to lead to violence. “I would love to see you artistes demonstrate to your fans that yes, we are competitors and we compete but our competition does not mean war and violence. This is where I would love to see Kartel and Mavado” the Security Minister said at a meeting with the artistes at Jamaica House in Kingston earlier this week.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who presided over the meeting, explained that the Government felt the need to intervene to help ease the situation created by the Gully Gaza controversy which has resulted in tension between the fans of dancehall artistes Mavado and Vybz Kartel.
Minister Nelson said “One of the problems that we have in this country is the organising of the society into different schools of thought and this has made life very difficult. Conflicts are going to lead to quarrels; quarrels are going to lead to fights; and fights to killings and murders- and this country cannot take anymore”.
Meanwhile, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Glenmore Hines appealed to the artistes for their co-operation in helping to ease the tension caused by the Gully Gaza controversy. “The influence that you have on society will transcend to all who listen to you, so sometimes we have to separate the individual benefit from the national good and we’re just asking you to balance both,” Mr. Hines told the artistes.

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