Jamaica’s government put police and the army on alert to prevent violent demonstrations as it prepared to announce tax increases on gasoline, cigarettes and other consumer items on Thursday.
Police and soldiers were deployed at what the government called “strategic” locations across the Caribbean island to quell any violent protests. Finance and Planning Minister Audley Shaw was expected to announce the tax increases during a budget debate later on Thursday. […]
Nine people were killed during riots that broke out when a gasoline tax increase was announced in April 1999.
Note that this is over sales taxes. Meanwhile, we have protests here over the top marginal income rate, attended by people that don’t pay it, organized by people who’re more affected by capital gains taxes (which are generally lower than that top income tax rate), both groups turning out to not really have a problem with the spending side of the equation as long as it goes to weapons manufacturers & mercenaries.