General Secretary of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Dr Jerome Walcott has strongly condemned the alleged vandalism of the constituency office of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.
On Saturday morning police were called in to investigate reports of broken windows at the front and side of Sinckler’s St Michael North West office, which is located corner of Black Rock Main Road and St Stephen’s Hill.
At the time, Sinckler did not attempt to point an accusing finger at any particular political grouping, but expressed “shock and disappointment” over the incident which he said suggested there was need for beefed up security.
However, this afternoon Dr Walcott joined with his political rival in expressing concern over the incident, stressing that there was no place in Barbadian politics for such “abhorrent” behaviour.
Noting that it was still to be determined whether or not the incident was politically motivated, Walcott made it clear that BLP does not encourage such actions.
“I heard about the incident on Saturday and I want to say that the BLP absolutely abhors such behaviour and we condemn it in strongest possible way. It is important to note that no one knows who is behind the incident but needless to say it is quite unfortunate. We continue to encourage our supporters to only display the most exemplary behaviour. Violence in any form or fashion must be condemned on both sides,” Walcott told Barbados TODAY.
The BLP General Secretary also revealed that his party had fallen prey to vandalism since the election date was announced. He therefore pleaded with the public to show restraint as the campaign heats up over the next 23 days.
“So far we have had some billboards that have been pushed down and one was actually dismantled. While we condemn it, we don’t see it as a major issue. We understand that these things can happen and we are not apportioning blame to anyone. In terms of damage to any constituency office I can’t say that any damage have been reported thus far,” he said.
In his contribution to debate on the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2017 back in February, Sinckler had warned that unless political parties reined in overzealous supporters “violence will rear its ugly head in the coming campaign”.
While acknowledging that the violence could be provoked by “people on both ends of the spectrum . . . if you do not control them”, the incumbent representative for St Michael North West said he was confident that his own leader would not allow such lack of control within the Democratic Labour Party.
However this afternoon Dr Walcott argued that violence would get the parties no where.
“The record will show that no member of our party has spoken in such language or violent terms. We are hoping for a very calm and peaceful election and hope that Barbadians who are entitled to vote will be able to do so and that it would be a very peaceful process,” Walcott stressed.