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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2022. 10:44 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Lamentably, the issue of domestic violence has been brought into the open in recent days in all its ugliness and foulness by the alleged actions of Leader of the Opposition Patrick Faber against his fiancée (alleged because further court action was declined and Faber’s charges were dropped for want of prosecution).

And Prime Minister John Briceño told reporters that faced with that monstrosity, his opposite number had no other option: “I don’t think that Patrick Faber had any other option than he had to resign. This has been a pattern. It’s something that we should not accept from anybody to have this kind of violence against your partners, especially leaders in our country. So, he had no choice.”

And as the UDP seeks to rebuild its internal leadership, the Prime Minister encouraged everyone to condemn domestic violence wherever it rears its head and offer support to victims.

“It is something that is a shameful behavior in our society. It is a lot more prevalent than what we think. It is something that we must all condemn. And even the partner that is being bullied and abused, we need to stand by them and give them the support. I know in many instances they feel like they did something wrong. No, you did not do anything wrong. Your partner has no right to hit you, or be violent with you, or have any kind of abuse. So, it is something that I feel strongly about, and that we must condemn and that as a society we have to do better, not just the politicians, but all of us.”

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