A peaceful march by members of the Rastafarian community on Tuesday threatened to turn ugly when they came across two groups of rowdy gay men, who are believed to be prostitutes.
The met up by chance in the vicinity of Devon House on Hope Road in St Andrew and traded insults as things got heated.
The Rastafarians were marching from the Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree to Jamaica House to hand over the Treaty of Indigenous People, which outlines the rights of Jamaicans of African descent.
The occasion was in part to mark the anniversary visit of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I to Jamaica on April 21, 1966.
After passing Devon House, the Rastafarians crossed paths with two groups of male homosexual prostitutes.
The encounter resulted into a verbal sparring with the Rastas pouring condemnation on the young men, some of whom were dressed like females. The gay men weren’t about to remain quiet and lashed back at the Rastafarians with stinging words.
No blows were thrown though in the traffic-stopping affair as both groups were on opposite sides of the road. There was also a police present for the march.
The Rastafarians subsequently continued on their mission.
The Rastafarian community — which believe their voices have been ignored for far too long and their rights violated — are seeking to have a representative in Parliament.
During the march, a petition was signed by passers-by who agreed that Rastas should have a say in political affairs.