Floyd Green resigns after fierce backlash over COVID breach

Floyd Green, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has resigned from the Cabinet after a video surfaced showing him and many others clearly violating COVID-19 regulations at a social event ostensibly on a no-movement.

Green issued a statement on Wednesday morning announcing his resignation, saying, “I have failed so many.” My family, particularly my son, my Prime Minister, and, most importantly, the Jamaican people, whom I have pledged to serve. Green apologized for his actions and said he will work hard to regain the nation’s trust.

The video, which continues to spark outrage on social media includes Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Mona Division in the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation, Andrew Bellamy, and Green’s assistant, Gabrielle Hylton, who is also vice-president of the JLP National Organisation for Women.

In the video, Green and others are seen sharing in a toast while gathered at a table boasting bottles of Moet, Red Bull and other refreshments and food items. 

During the toast, shouts of “No-movement Day” and “Shower Labourite”, a term used in reference to supporters of the ruling JLP, are heard. 

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