Like most Bahamians, I watched the video that started all of this and dismissed it as a fake.
Because of that apparently fake video I was not inclined to believe protestors or give much thought to what they were saying. Instead, I was pretty pissed with them, for trying to destroy the life blood of this country with what appeared to be an obviously fake video.
See a post here on my FB page;
I was also critical of the approach by the opposition on this issue several weeks later;
But as time passed and more information has leaked out, I can no longer turn a blind eye to this.
The stories coming out of the detention center are horrendous. The first reaction of many right thinking Bahamians would be that these things don’t happen in our country. We’d also say that children are not molested here either, but then again, we know better.
The real truth is, deep down, we all know these things happen. Every Bahamian knows of the numerous claims of police beatings that take place. In fact, this year two prisoners died in police custody within hours of each other.
If police officers are doing this to Bahamians, Is it such a big leap to think that Defense Force officers did this to Cubans and Haitians who have no status in this country?
The Bigger Picture
For too long in this country we have let things slide and do things in a backward and underhanded manner. It’s starting to bite us in the butt, big time.
Instead of paying lip service to the accusations, like the Cuban Abuse Incident, against The Police and Defense force we need to take concrete actions to curb this behavior and leave no doubt in the minds of the local and international community that we are serious about making sure nothing like this can happen in this country.
We need to insist on this for ourselves as much as for any international human rights body.
Perhaps there can be a silver lining to this whole thing if it can lead to serious reform in our military and semi-military organizations.