Former FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner said the questioning of DNA leader Arinthia Komolafe by the Royal Bahamas Police Force on Monday morning infringes on the democratic rights of Bahamians.
Standing outside of the Central Police Station, Butler along with PLP MP for Englerston Glennys Hanna-Martin said they stand in support of Komolafe and the equal rights of women.
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Komolafe and 10 other members of her party were called in for questioning at 9:30 am on Monday morning for recently assembling and protesting in Parliament Square without a permit. The protest is reported to have occurred three weeks ago.
What Butler-Turner said
Initially, Butler drove by the station questioning the activity near the station as a group of DNA supporters assembled on the outside.
After getting an update on the situation, Butler spoke to reporters from her vehicle. She said, “This is crazy. Tell them we should let Bahamians go. We don’t live in a military state.”
Butler later returned, standing on the steps of the station continuing the protest of Komolafe’s detention.
“Why is a woman being bullied?
“We talk about equality. Why is this woman being detained?
“It appears to be political victimization. It’s a disrespect to Bahamian women everywhere.
“Let her go,” Butler shouted.
What Hanna-Martin said
Hanna-Martin said she supports women in leadership as she stood with DNA supporters as Komolafe remained inside the station.
When asked what role she plays in the events of the day, Hanna Martin said she is apart of Komolafe’s “legal, woman and citizen team.”
“She is a strong woman.
“…Fact is, she is a woman who cannot be overlooked.”