NPP supporters were only protecting state facilities- Freddie Blay

NPP supporters were only protecting state facilities- Freddie Blay

The acting national chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Freddie Blay has defended the recent rise of hostile takeovers of state institutions by some supporters of the party.

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According to the party chairman, not all the takeovers of the state facilities need to be condemned, as in some cases the supporters were merely protecting the properties.

NPP supporters were only protecting state facilities- Freddie Blay

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"In some cases, particularly places like the harbour, DVLA, Peduase Lodge, polling stations [sic] and so forth, in some cases the people had to go there to protect state property to ensure that looting stops," he said.

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He also stated that, "I’ve been told that in some public offices and so forth, all of a sudden those who were working there have refused to come to work, not because they are being intimidated or being chased out, but they themselves have suspected that because of how they came there, or purely based on they being members of the party then in power, some people will chase them out and they’ve left those public places to the wind, to the weather and people have gone there to protect it."

In justifying his perspective, Mr. Blay said that people were stealing cars and goods, especially at the harbour and since these items attract duties, it was only fair that these supporters prevent the theft of these items.

"It is your duty, my duty to stop anybody stealing even an individual property if you have good reason to know that what the person is doing amounts to stealing. If you see people stealing cars from the harbour, taking them away, are you suggesting that we should wait and go and call the police before they stop them?” he asked.

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NPP supporters were only protecting state facilities- Freddie Blay

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