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Oct 13, 2016

One Detained for Vehicle Burning as “Shaken” DPM Recounts Incident

Police have picked up a man in connection with the burning of Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber’s government assigned vehicle. The fire happened at Faber’s Lord’s Bank residence around midnight on Wednesday and surveillance on Faber’s property picked up the culprit as he climbed over the gates and set the vehicle on fire. Well, Faber declined comment to the media on Wednesday saying that he was with his two young boys who were shaken up following the incident. Today, he said that he is concerned about the threat to his family, particularly as it relates to his sons, but he says he is chalking up the attack as something having to do with his political life and not personal. He reiterated that he is not pointing fingers at the B.N.T.U. because he doesn’t believe it was orchestrated by them. We asked him what he thought was the motive behind the attack. Here’s what he had to say about the ordeal:

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“Well, I was just informed not even a half hour ago that the Police have been able to make an arrest and in fact they are confident that that is the individual. They sent me a picture of even the canister that the gas was contained in. So, I believe they have gotten the right person. I am still waiting to hear more from them but I am very happy to hear that the person had been apprehended. “

 

Reporter

“Yesterday when this arson attack happened, we understand that you were very shaken. What was going through your mind yesterday?”

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber

“Well, it is a very, very difficult position to be in. My two young boys, as you know, were at home and this happened in the middle of the night. We were all sleeping and so it was a very frightening experience and they actually couldn’t get back to sleep most of the rest of the night, so they had to stay home from school yesterday. I tried my best to talk them through the whole thing.  I am the kind of person who normally believes that there is nobody out to harm me. I may be naïve in still thinking that it is meant to send a message to try to create a kind of panic environment, I believe that there are people who of course see some kind of threat to me or damage to me as a kind of lesson to the wider United Democratic Party and maybe even the Government. I still don’t see it as something personal, though it is very, very unsettling and indeed a warning to me, a kind of eye opener to me to make sure that I have the kind of security at home for my boys, as well as for myself.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, there’ve been many speculations as to what the motive is. What do you think is the reason behind why this person would do something like this?”

 

Patrick Faber

“Well, I would think that the person was paid to do it. I don’t think that that particular individual- I don’t know the guy at all – so, I don’t think that he did it on his own accord. So, now it is to find out why somebody would put him up to do it. There are a number of reasons of course being in politics politics- maybe it could be some decision that I made and somebody wasn’t happy with or it could be purely political being done by the opposition. I really don’t know and I don’t want to cast aspersion. What is for sure is that I will tell you that I do not believe, and I made a post on Facebook yesterday to say that I honestly don’t believe that the BNTU had anything to do with this. I honestly don’t believe our teachers had anything to do with this. I am not saying that to protest and give signals that as some had pointed to on Facebook that it may well be them that is why I am saying it.  I am saying that genuinely because I really don’t believe that that kind of animosity ever existed between myself and the B.N.T.U., or anybody in the teaching profession for that matter.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“It is not something that we see often, do you think that there is concern for our wider elected officials?”

 

Patrick Faber

“I would want to think not. Despite this incident, I still would like to think that my colleagues and I and even other members who are elected or offer themselves for office from the Opposition side, can still free to walk around this country without the kind of security we see in some other countries. I think that right now the temperature high; the climate is high given the strike action and lots of other issues that are ripe, that you know, somebody got carried away and I hope that this would be the end of it.”

 

Faber says that the Prime Minister has approved twenty four hour security at his Lord’s Bank home. Since the incident, there has been security detail at his home and he has since installed a guard post. We contacted Ladyville Police to get details on the arrest, but they were not able to provide such information.

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1 Response for “One Detained for Vehicle Burning as “Shaken” DPM Recounts Incident”

  1. Hatari says:

    Just how many SUV’s do we have to buy this guy?

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