UPP supporter arrested after allegedly assaulting woman during political event

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STATEMENT ON ABUSE AND VIOLENCE BY UPP SUPPORTER IN ST MARY’S SOUTH

Violence is often a tool used by the weak, feeble and corrupt-minded. The record must be corrected due to a false narrative published by those who seek to gain political mileage from the very acts they tacitly incubate and foster among their supporters.

Yesterday, we at the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party’s (ABLP) St Mary’s South Branch hosted our usual weekend buzz activity, which serves as an event to meet, greet, and socialise with the Member of Parliament and branch members.

A positive event suddenly became sullied because of a prominent supporter of the United Progressive Party (UPP) who pull up to our event while they were passing with confrontation, abuse, and physical violence.

He approached our branch, verbally abused and threatened members and constituents present, particularly the women and even assaulted me as the Parliamentary Representative.

His hate and anger then turned to a female constituent some distance away.

In his rage and anger, he rushed over to the woman and became physically violent to the extreme of severely causing damage to her head and limbs.

Egregiously and most deplorable, the UPP supporter did this in front of her children and neighbours.

Members of the community took action to bring him under control until the police arrived.

He was arrested and is now in custody, and the constituent was taken to the hospital for treatment.

From the last update, she is doing reasonably well despite the physical and mental health injuries. I will continue to provide the support needed for a swift recovery.

I, therefore, call on the UPP’s candidate, Kelvin Simon and by extension, Harold Lovell and the UPP leadership to condemn and disassociate themselves from such violent behaviour by their supporters.

Moreover, I call on my constituents, along with citizens and residents across the country, to be mindful, watchful and on guard against those who directly and indirectly associate with and encourage those who preach and act with hate, abuse, and savagery.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. The man is not crazy to just rush over to her and hit her. But let the Court deal with it. Something is missing start from the beginning.

  2. UPP supporters acting just like their candidates who are convicted felons. Violence is never acceptable and the leadership of UPP will continue to condone and encourage this type of behavior, all in a desperate, and ultimately futile attempt to regain power. Do better.

    • @ Patriot

      THE ANTIGUA LABOUR PARTY KNEW THAT THE UPP WAS HAVING THEIR USUAL SATURDAY PULL UP, ON THIS OCCASION IN THE ST MARYS CONSTITUENCY.
      SAMANTHA IS A ‘BEECH’..SHE HAD HER FOLLOW ONS INCLUDING M C HURST WHICH HAD ALREADY PLANNED TO DISRUPT THE UPP’S PROCESSION. IF AS YOU AND YOUR ESTEEMED LEADER SAY THAT THE PULL UP IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MEANINGLESS THEN WHY ARRANGE AN ACTIVITY AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT THE UPP WAS IN THE VICINITY. YOU SHOULD HAVE WAITED UNTIL THEY DISPERSED TO CONTINUE YOUR WHATEVER ‘YOU CALL IT’ . YOU ALL JUST WANTED CONFRONTATION. THE GUY IS NOT JUST CRAZY TO START AN ALTERCATION, BECAUSE I KNOW HE IS PEACE TO THE DEAD. IT WAS INITIATED BY THE ABLP SUPPORTERS, BECAUSE THEY WANTED TROUBLE.
      UPP AND IT’S MEMBERS ARE PEACE TO THE DEAD, AND AS MUCH AS YOU LABOUR PARTY PEOPLE THINK YOU WERE FIRST WITH THE SCOUP OF LAYING BLAME, YOU A FOOL ARYU SELF BECAUSE ANTIGUA PEOPLE NAR STUPID. THEY KNOW THAT ABLP TINK ANTIGUA A FU DEM AND THEREFORE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL.
      This just reeks of desperation by the ABLP and for a government that says they will be winning all 17 seats, people can see straight through all of you. This reflects very poorly on all of you.
      YOU GUYS ARE ALL JUST GHETTO: GASTON: SAMANTHA: MARYCLARE:NO CLASS WHATSOEVER

    • Ok @ Patriot, so if this alleged attack by an UPP supporter is getting you so riled up and under your skin.

      What’s your views about the ABLP’S behaviour on Teargas Sunday on the 8th of August 2021 when Gaston Browne sent in his “black shirted” militia to curtail a peaceful demonstration against the vaccine mandates?

      We await with baited breath for your response?

      Don’t hide away like the rest of your generational ABLP supporters when confronted with facts …

      • Again, UPP leadership and operatives encouraged and facilitated a large gathering of people, during a period where covid was still very active and tried to pretend that they were engaging in a peaceful protest, when they know their motive was to be combative and cause unrest. The Hon prime Minister made a difficult but necessary decision to ensure that those UPP vagabonds did not harm others, they damaged property and set fires that day, it’s a pattern. After this election, we will not have to worry about the UPP anymore though, hopefully DNA as the new main opposition will have less violent and divisive rhetoric and principles.

        • Mercy me! Talk about not letting the facts get in the way of the truth @ Patriot.

          So, if what you say is true; why doesn’t the ABLP commit themselves to the full investigation into Teargas Sunday (as requested in recent times by the UPP on its first anniversary) if Gaston Browne has nothing to hide?

          Remember on that dark day on the 8th of August 2021, there were children and elderly present on that peaceful demonstration.

          Take your head out of the DICKENSON BAY sand boss …

        • @ Patriot

          pure hogwash

  3. UPP know that Their so-called PULL-UP is not effective and They are getting very VIOLENT. This type of action describes the UPP actions. The UPP Candidates represent CRIMINALS , CHARLATANS etc. How can Lovell place Someone on Their ticket who went to JAIL for Murdering a PREGNANT WOMAN , I came to the conclusion that the OPPOSITION is DOOMED.

    • @ DOMBAR

      A Better name for you would be dumbell, lol

    • Hey @ DOMBAR, can you respond to a previous question about Teargas Sunday that I posted to @ Patriot (like yourself he’s another ABLP generational supporter).

      He seems to have gone quiet on this particular issue … I hope you don’t disappear as well?

  4. 2023 ELECTION RESULTS

    ABLP. 17 SEATS

    UPP. 00 SEAT ( 12 UPP CANDIDATES WILL LOSE THEIR DEPOSITS)

    DNA. 00. SEAT ( ALL CANDIDATES WILL DEPOSITS )

    BARBUDA. 00. SEAT

    TOTAL. LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR ABLP

  5. You ABLP candidates and supporters too love trouble and confusion. Tell the truth and explain exactly what happened initially which prompted the UPP supporter to do what he did in order to defend himself. Just take a look back at the Labour Day march on Vivian Richards Street and Market street in front of CMC when the ABLP supporters blocked the UPP march coming down the road. Also look back at the Last UPP business pull up where the Prime Minister clashed with the UPP supported and giving out cash. Disgusting to the core.🤨🤨🤨

  6. Who this?
    Is this Sammongster Marshall?
    Tie ur Dawgs, Sammongster.
    That person is peace to the dead

  7. Wah can really go so???? I was present please yesterday. None tarl wah yah a true all lies allllllll. And futher more the man had no type of involvement with us. As big people yall keep speaking about you are for the people when all you leep doing is turning the people against their very own .

  8. Futher more the lady was standing firm when the gentleman got arrested and he also had to go to the hospital because about 4 men gang him and he got beaten up badly

  9. Why dont u speak on how yall had the police officers telling us to lock off our music and we can not talk on our Mike huh but that things of a woman had her music playing loud and a man was on the microphone mocking us huh then the shut off the lamppost light we were using and they call more police and had them surrounding us in there vehicles also tell them you had your hungry homeless tinking uneducated not accustomed illiterate unemployed underpaid supporters blocking up the walk way and the only place there for us to walk was in government road huh why u dont tell them all that also when all the arguments and fighting was going on u stood up and watched while the UPP leaders where trying their best to stop what was going on,between both parties

    • @ Melissa Warrington, thanks for your insight into what actually happened on the day, and clearing everything up, so people can stop lying and muddying the waters for political gains … 👏

  10. Is it true that the beggy beggy candidate for the UPP went to a shop yesterday and said to the proprietor ” hey me caan get subben dey fuh free!!!”

    Can one of you #UPPNEARGA who like to respond to my comments though I don’t give you the light of day with a follow-up response confirm if this is true.

  11. Shame on you Samantha! How is it that all the other Upp pull ups were utterly peaceful?! Even the one in Villa. Have you forgotten that they live stream them? You have clearly changed! Smh.

  12. I am a UPP supporter and o was there lastnight! You people need to talk with common sense!

    He did hit her and slandered her for being a non national! It doesn’t matter who u support but she was in a plain shirt, it’s madness that you people are praising and pointing fingers for basic hear say u read here, you guys need to be serious and stop behaving like Gaston.

    It’s ridiculous that we still discriminate on our Caribbean brothers and sisters! He should be jailed for such violence against women.

    Gladys Potter alllll the way on Election Day!

    • @ Denise Parker

      WHO THE HELL YOU THINK YOU FOOLING YOU ABLP SUPPORTER, GOD IS NOT SLEEPING.

      GASTON AND THIS ABLP CABOL IS THE WORST GOVERNMENT ANTIGUA HAS SEEN SINCE ADULT SUFFERAGE.
      GET RID A DEM, COZ THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL.

  13. That person so quick to put their fingers on the computer to write such lies. Why didn’t you say your name. You well know that Samantha organized her people on the same day UPP was having their drive through knowing their could be violence and confusion.

  14. Wow 😳😳 wow Wow I am sorry 😐 what will be forthcoming in the election shortly.First GB will not be taking part in the Election there will be legal issues that he have to confront remember the name Chosk a charge of Kidnapping, Torture and Human Trafficking PM Modi can’t save you and DA PM the facts are Claire

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