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Two Haitians Fined And One Deported For Insulting The Bahamian Flag

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

Dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

THREE people of Haitian descent - two men and one woman - were charged in the Magistrate’s Court in Abaco yesterday with insulting the Bahamian flag.

Andrew Doute, 57, Rezlien Doute, 27, and Maryanke Augustine, 44, appeared before Magistrate Ancella Evans, pleaded guilty and were fined $500 each or three months in prison. They were also fined $50 each for damage to the flag.

Ms Augustine, who has no status in the Bahamas, was ordered to be deported to Haiti.

Sometime after 8pm on Saturday, police responded to information received that persons had insulted the national flag at their home in Sands Bank, Abaco, and arrested the trio.

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lucaya 4 years, 3 months ago

Amen, these lowly people really need to head on back where they belong,how dare they come here and insult our National Flag like that?We must continue to bring forth these wicked rats to bear the brunt of our laws,thank you the people of Abaco for your patriotic duty,and to the officer/s involved,may Almighty Jehovah bring Blessing on you all for such a honorable thing.

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SP 4 years, 3 months ago

These three Haitians were bold enough to display the true attitude of Haitians towards the Bahamas and Bahamians. Legal and illegal, all Haitians have ill will for Bahamians.

Why on earth the PLP & FNM want to give these people citizenship in our country is beyond comprehension.

Last year during their "Haitian flag day" they were driving around dragging Bahamian flags behind their cars all over the roads in Nassau & no one did anything.....Shame on government!

Thank you Abaconian's for standing up for our flag and country.

I can only pray that one day soon the cowards in New Providence would get together and demand the lousy government deal with these disgusting Haitian people.

Haitians are .....NOT WELCOMED..... in the Bahamas!

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Emac 4 years, 3 months ago

Well this is where you should have done something. Trust me if I had seen this display of disregard and disrespect for the Bahamas there would have an accident right there and then!

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birdiestrachan 4 years, 3 months ago

Their PM did say that they are not in the Bahamas because they do not love Haiti They love Haiti. but they are looking for a better way of life. No love lost for the Bahamas. that is just the way it is.

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abacogrouper 4 years, 3 months ago

Anyone desecrating a country's flag while illegally or legally living in that particular country should really be put to death. I am sick an tired of others coming here for a better way of life, yet still 'taking a dump' on my country. Bahamians wake up!!!!

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ThisIsOurs 4 years, 3 months ago

I don't know about putting to death, but any permits should have been revoked and they should be sent home.

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The_Oracle 4 years, 3 months ago

Funny how we adopt the U.S. traditions around our Bahamian flag, but never stop to think how we desecrate and disgrace it daily ourselves. There can be no pride without shame, no good without evil. And what does our flag represent? pray tell.......

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ThisIsOurs 4 years, 3 months ago

For me the flag represents an ideal, it doesn't represent Pindling, Ingraham, or Christie, it doesn't represent 40 years of corrupt parliamentarians, it doesn't represent a corrupt police force or acceptance of corruption in the general populace. it represents what men of old thought we could be, the heights that we could reach. The fact that we have fallen far short of those ideals doesn't matter, "to me" anyway, it's a standard that flies high to remind us to keep trying. If it was a deliberate act meant to debase the flag, all three people should be deported. If it's just slovenliness then the fine is ok. How to prove the difference, search me....

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sheeprunner12 4 years, 3 months ago

The Haitians are proud and fiercely loyal to their 200 + year old culture, history and country ............. whether we like this aspect of them or not ................ it is very instructive for us as a 41 year old country to emulate. However, they cannot be tolerated if they disrespect our Flag.

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Bunni 4 years, 3 months ago

No country and I say NO country will allow any one legal or illegal to desecrate its flag. That is an outright disrespect to the country and its people. Hey, I say if you want boast about another country you have never been to and for sure I know you do not want to go to....your ASS need to be ship there. Should not be a big deal cause you love that place over the one you’re living in and that is my 5ct. Example, if I'm putting the USA over my own country then I should not have a problem if some one tell me take my ass to live there since I'm not happy living here. WAP!

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Emac 4 years, 3 months ago

The sad thing about this is that Bahamians don't even seem to respect their own flag. If you drive around you could see the flag all dirty and raggy hanging from some a dese houses. These people obviously don't have a clue about the proper procedures for handling the flag. The Bahamian flag should be raised between the times when the sun rises and sets. There has to be proper lighting if it is to be flown at night

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Bunni 4 years, 3 months ago

Let’s be real, a lot of Bahamians are not EDUCATED on things of this nature. Should not be an excuse but this is the reality.

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TheMadHatter 4 years, 3 months ago

Well we have a long time now until May 18th (Haitian Flag Day) - but I predict the same will happen again next time. Bahamian flags will be dragged behind cars and made dirty while Haitian flags are flown above the cars.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if some Bahamians along with their flags are dragged behind cars by Haitians. And if that happened, what would the police do? Well, nothing of course.

If you have a Haitian passport in this country, you outrank the Governor General.

TheMadHatter

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ccthemusicman 4 years, 3 months ago

How could they come in our country and disrespect our flag like that? It makes me sick just hearing about it. Send all of them back home to Haiti where they belong. This is a English speaking country and if I was the Prime Minister today all birth by illegal immigrants will not qualify for permanent residence and will be refused Bahamian citizenship in the future and will be sent back to their country of origins and is not allowed back in the Bahamas for 10 years. This is a small country and we Bahamians must protect our culture.

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