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Political banner stolen from garden, but rival’s is still in place next door

It seems that Monday’s election is not just a battle for the hearts and minds of voters — it’s turned into a battle for their lawns too.

One upset Opposition supporter woke up yesterday to find that a large banner featuring One Bermuda Alliance candidate Donte Hunt had been swiped from his yard.

Paul Martin, of Hamilton Parish, took to Facebook to complain: “I had an OBA sign in support of Donte Hunt stolen from my yard last night. I can only assume it was a coward who supports the PLP. We are supposed to live in a democratic place but it appears some people do not like it when others express a view that is different from theirs so they have to resort to trespassing and stealing to stop another point of view.

“ What is next, are they going to damage my house, threaten me or hurt my family? This is not the Bermudian way or the democratic way. I hope the leadership of the PLP does not support this type of action.”

Mr Hunt was equally upset to hear of the theft, telling

The Royal Gazette: “This is a criminal offence. It’s worth $350 which came from people who donated to the party. This was a proper three foot by six foot banner on canvas.”

Mr Martin confirmed that he has not reported the item missing, however, saying: “I didn’t own it.”

Asked if he had heard of any other signs going missing in his street, he observed: “There is a Wayne Furbert sign in the yard next door and it’s still there.”

A One Bermuda Alliance spokesman said: “We’ve had reports from the field about our signs being removed and torn down. It’s unfortunate because it creates ill-will when the focus of politics should be on building goodwill. We understand how strongly people can feel at election time, but nevertheless urge people to cease and desist. The vandalism serves no purpose because it won’t change the way people are going to vote.”

Meanwhile, the PLP also took up a firm stance when it came to the topic of signs — suggesting they could be used to ward off unwelcome visitors.

In an e-mail to members on Wednesday, party officer Dawn Simmons advised: “We have lawn signs available for collection. Decorate your yard and keep away unwanted guests.”

The party took a dim view, however, of news that an Opposition sign had gone missing, with PLP Chairman Anthony Santucci saying: “The PLP strongly condemns theft and calls on all Bermudians to respect the rule of law. We understand that tensions are high, but this is no excuse for the defacing or theft of any campaign material. We condemn all theft in the strongest terms and call on victims to report crimes to the police.”

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Published December 14, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated December 14, 2012 at 12:05 am)

Political banner stolen from garden, but rival’s is still in place next door

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