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Tracy Taegar Panton the latest UDP area representative to condemn gender-based violence

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Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 6:24 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: As discussions about United Democratic Party (UDP) Leader Patrick Faber’s heated domestic dispute caught on video continue, another member of his party, Albert division Area Representative Tracy Taegar Panton, has joined the chorus in condemning violence against women.

While Panton did not expressly address Faber’s incident, she condemned, in the strongest, acts of violence in general, placing specific emphasis on violence perpetrated against women.

“Domestic abuse most definitely is in the top five on my priority list. We have to hold ourselves accountable as we need to hold each other accountable. We need to condemn, in the harshest terms, any acts of abuse against another person. While we hold perpetrators to account, we must find meaningful ways to support victims and provide help for perpetrators to rehabilitate,” she said.

She added that violence, in all its forms, is a community problem that requires all Belizeans to do their part in the fight and committed that, as a member of the UDP and an elected member of the House of Representatives, she will be doing hers.

Panton’s approach was more subtle than that of her party colleague, Mesopotamia Area Representative Shyne Barrow, who outrightly called Faber out earlier today, saying that he had “fallen short” in dealing with his domestic situation.

Barrow said that, repeatedly displaying violent behavior emphasizes a greater underlying problem and that the situation has put the UDP in a position where it must consider carefully what measures must be taken to show that the UDP will not tolerate such actions, even from its party leader.

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