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Swedish Police Take Heat For Sean Paul Arrest

Sean_Paul_jamaica_reggae.jpgCaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Aug. 12, 2008: Did police in Sweden go overboard in the arrest of reggae superstar Sean Paul and hundreds of fans?

Some reggae promoters think so, including the man who organized the Uppsala Reggae Festival, where Paul, nine other performers, and up to 300 fans were arrested on Friday for marijuana possession.

'The way they treated Sean Paul and other artists was totally unacceptable,' Uppsala organizer Yared Tekeste told a Swedish publication. 'They searched his hotel room when he was not present and went through wallets and other personal belongings'.

Tekeste said he believed law enforcement officials targeted Paul to make an example of him. Out of the festival's three days they chose the day he was to perform to make the mass arrests.

'Both artists and staff feel humiliated,' said Tekeste. 'People were crying backstage. Some of the artists were so angry they planned a demonstration outside the police station. But I managed to prevent that.'

Caribbean nationals involved in the New York reggae scene agreed that Paul may have been set up to prove a point.

'He's the one that sang, 'Just gimme the light and pass the draw.' What did they expect?' asked television producer Shaun Walsh.

But concert promoter Sharon Gordon believes there's a double standard for reggae concerts, and Paul may have been a victim of it. She said venues charge her more than the usual fee because they want to hire extra security. 'There's always that stigma that I have to fight - the idea that reggae means ganja and lewd behavior,' said Gordon.

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Comments (6)

 

Against all Aliance:
Posted by Against all Aliance | August 13, 2008 2:52 PM

Then if a Sean Paul them do so then a what dem woulda do wid the bwoy from Seaview....Yes man the Killer me talk.



Caribbean Queen:
Posted by Caribbean Queen | August 13, 2008 4:22 PM

The Swedish cops are racists. I have no doubt that they all smoke marijuana too. They are just jealous to know that a black man from a Caribbean Island has gained so much love and power through his music. Big up to Sean my Jamaican brother; you are resilient and you will overcome this. One love!



UP-FRONT:
Posted by UP-FRONT | August 13, 2008 5:01 PM

F**K YOU AND STOP TALKING ABOUT REGGAE MUSIC MEANS GANJA AND LEWD BEHAVIOR!! SHUT UP!! THATS WHAT YOU SAYING ABOUT BO'S MUSIC THEN??!!! RACIST P*SSY UNU!!!!!



Elaine Shirley:
Posted by Elaine Shirley | August 14, 2008 9:09 AM

Its a shame to see DJ sean paul arrested in sweeden, those people are so evil and badminded when it comes to jamaican people, they always try to stop them why. Ganja is good why stop it.



Caibbean Queen:
Posted by Caibbean Queen | August 15, 2008 2:17 PM

Reggae music does not mean ganja, but that's what the media states that he was arrested for. Have some respect and learn to express yourself without using profanity.



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2008 2:19 AM

sean Paul sucks anyway



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