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Oct 19, 2020

Faber Describes Bedlam in Red Bank Village

Patrick Faber

Party Leader Patrick Faber has since weighed in on the melee in Red Bank.  According to Faber, U.D.P. Stann Creek West Standard Bearer Ivan Williams was making his rounds in the village, along with a few supporters, delivering pantry items when they encountered a group of P.U.P. campaigners in the village.  According to Faber, when the situation escalated, a police officer who happened to be in the vicinity fired warning shots to quell the tension between the campaigners.  Here’s how Faber described what was reported to him.

 

Patrick Faber, Party Leader, U.D.P.

“Ivan Williams is one of those candidates who decided that he would contributed some of his election funds to pantry distribution and as a I understand it, that was the business of those supporters of the party, workers of the party on that day in Red Bank.  Eventually, another vehicle or two joined, according to what Ivan said, and they were attacked by the opposition who, I understand, were campaigning in the area as well.  Our flags were ripped off the vehicle and some of his posters, we are told.  And this is something that I’ve observed.  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 certainly that our people were first attacked when they tried to remove the flags and Ivan’s pictures off the vehicle which caused the confrontation to begin.  Now I want to say for the record that we do not condone any of that practice that has happened there.  In fact, let me also say that when it is we are out and about engaging in the campaign and our meeting on Saturday, of the National Party Council, when I gave my remarks I reiterated this.  But I also warned and continue to warn our supporters and campaigners, members engaging in the campaign on behalf of the U.D.P. to make sure that they are practicing social distancing and the mask wearing.  Now from my understanding, some of that may not have been adhered to in Red Bank on Saturday.  I am not going to say that something happened that did not happen there and so if that was the case then we take responsibility for that, we use it as a learning lesson. From what I’ve gathered it was a police officer that fired the two warning shots who was, according to what was told to me, in the area and observed what was going on when it was that our supporters tried to regain the flag that was so aggressively ripped off the vehicles, the pictures and so on and then they ran into the yard, of course our supporters trying to ensure that the flag was not destroyed.  I understand that they were trying to burn the flag or do something to the flag and the police officers saw that there was some machete play looking to happen, they started to brandish machetes and so he fired two warning shots.”


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