By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP DEPUTY Leader Philip "Brave" Davis yesterday accused the Prime Minister and the government of "suppressing free speech" by allegedly removing PLP banners from across New Providence.
Mr Davis' comments came after several PLP billboards were allegedly removed by "FNM goons" from Saunders Beach and Thompson Blvd late Wednesday night.
Mr Davis said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is a "dictator" who is becoming more and more desperate as the election day nears.
"These billboards which have been torn down in numerous locations, and found in trash bins at government buildings, represent a larger pattern of strong-arm tactics normally associated with dictatorships," he said.
"Mr Ingraham has always been a bully. Now he seeks to be a dictator.
"He is crossing lines that have never been crossed before in the history of our democracy. His doing so signals his desperation and the desperation of those who require his continuation in power to keep their stranglehold on the Bahamian economy."
Mr Davis also dismissed rumours that the PLP removed their own signs as "nonsense."
"They were torn down and put in the bins of a government complex - the Department of Environmental services to be exact.
"I do not know why they would take the signs with the murder count on them. That's a fact. The fact is there were more than 490 murders in this country. We can not run away from that and it's not just that poster, they also took down posters with the unemployment statistics and others it was not just the murders," he said.
When asked if he thought the posters would scare potential tourists from visiting the country, Mr Davis said "we cannot hide the truth and we cannot suppress the facts, we have to address the issues of crime."
Chairman of the PLP Bradley Roberts said the party has filed a police report and reported the matter to the relevant authorities. He said they are not going to take this issue lightly and the public should "stay tuned" for what's about to come.
PLP supporters replaced the torn down signs on Saunders Beach and Thompson Blvd yesterday afternoon.