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Lindeners wounded during the Linden protests make claims for compensation – 28th Jan 2013

Meet Ruben Bowen of Silver City Linden. Just before the protests which began in earnest on July 18, he sold bread and pastries in the interior.

Bowen, or the ‘Pastry man’, as he is commonly called, was shot in the left leg during the Linden protests and has been unable to work since then. He told the Linden Commission of Inquiry that he used to make two trips a week into the interior, and he also told Commissioners the amount of money he made.

Bowen said that sometimes he would sell a loaf of bread for $1,000, and sometimes even $1, 500.

He had the Jamaican Commissioners intrigued and so they wanted to know who would buy his bread and pastries and why they were willing to pay that price.

The Lindener said that his business was thriving.

Bowen is one of several Lindeners who are expected to make claims for compensation due to the Police shooting which left them wounded and caused them to suffer losses.  Sheila Austin of Kara Kara operates a small grocery shop, but she said she could not work for an entire month after being shot three places about her body.

She said her losses added up to about $60, 000, and the Commissioners had questions for her.

Another of the Commissioners wanted to know if she pays taxes.

The Commissioners will continue to hear from persons seeking compensation over the next few days.

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