Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020. 5:50 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: While the leader of the United Democratic Party, Patrick Faber claims party supporters in Red Bank, Stann Creek District over the weekend were “baited” by their opponents, he said they should not take that bait and ensure their activities on the ground are peaceful and that the campaign generally is peaceful.
“As I am told yesterday in Red Bank Village, a group of our campaigners – they were agitated; they were baited by members of the Opposition, by supporters of the Opposition interfering with flags and posters that were on a vehicle, and of course that caused some problems that ended up in a police officer firing two warning shots after machetes came out from some of these folks who were harassing our supporters,” Faber said, citing the party’s standard-bearer for Stann Creek West, Ivan Williams. This happened after someone tried to burn the party flag in a yard.
Faber said “the UDP is the target for many” and the position is valid that “deh no stone empty mango tree.” But it is up to the Reds’ supporters and the country generally to keep these last few weeks as peaceful as can be.
Later, Faber added that the grouping was not planned and supporters of Williams were out distributing food packages brought from monies ordinarily available for election campaigning. Another vehicle or two joined the group and the Opposition struck first while they were out campaigning, ripping flags, and posters off the vehicles.
“I have seen several recounts of the story from various different social media sources and those that are biased clearly edited, cut, and paste the videos according to what they wanted to portray and did not show. But from the fullness of the video that I saw it was certain that our people were first attacked, when they were trying to remove the flags and Ivan’s pictures off the vehicle, which caused the confrontation to begin,” Faber further observed.
Nonetheless, Faber said the party does not condone such violence and he continues to reiterate at the community and constituency level that supporters should expect to be baited, but do not allow themselves to be so. Also, campaigners are told to social distance and wear masks; Faber conceded that the party will take responsibility if the Red Bank campaigners were not masked and distanced and use it as a learning lesson.
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