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Bahamian Embassy, Consulate Staff In Washington, Dc Are Safe

Police hold off Trump supporters who tried to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Police hold off Trump supporters who tried to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Sidney Collie

By KHRISNA RUSSELL

Tribune Chief Reporter

krussell@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMAS Ambassador to the United States Sidney Collie told The Tribune Wednesday night of his shock at the storming of the US Capitol building by pro-Trump rioters.

Mr Collie said he had never in his life seen anything like the scene that unfolded at Capitol Hill.

“The staff and employees of the (Bahamian) Embassy are safe. The staff and employees of the consulate in Washington, DC are safe,” said Ambassador Collie.

“We sent out a general advisory earlier in the day to members of the diaspora where we have contacts for them, not to go downtown. Based on the reports that I am seeing and having no reports of any Bahamians on the streets in distress, I would say that everybody is safe.

“There is no report of any incidents involving Bahamians. I am hoping that as night falls and the curfew of 6pm is enforced, I am hoping that will bring some calm to the city.”

Asked what he thought of the events that unfolded in DC Wednesday, Ambassador Collie said: “I have never seen anything like this before. So, it’s quite frankly surprising.”

The world looked on in shock on Wednesday as supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump scaled walls, knocked over barriers, fought with police and occupied the US Capitol for hours. The out of control scenes came shortly after President Trump held a rally nearby, urging his supporters to march to the area.

The Capitol building was placed on lockdown, with senators and members of the House locked inside their chambers, shortly after Congress began debating an objection brought by a minority of members to certifying the Electoral College’s vote for President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

The unrest continued, despite President Trump’s later appeal for protesters to remain peaceful, and Vice President Mike Pence asked for the group to disperse.

A civilian woman was also shot inside the Capitol after the mob breached the building. She later died.

Video of this snippet of the pandemonium earlier on Wednesday appeared to show what took place in the lead up to the woman being shot.

She seemed to climb on to a small ledge next to a doorway inside the building immediately before a single loud bang was heard.

The woman, draped in a flag, fell to the ground at the top of a stairwell. A man with a helmet and a military-style rifle stood next to her after she fell, and shouts of “police” could be heard as a man in a suit approached the woman and crouched next to her.

The unrest halted the United States’ electoral vote count to confirm President-elect Biden's victory.

Mr Trump and his supporters have falsely claimed without evidence that the US election was “rigged” and “stolen”.

Comments

John 3 months, 1 week ago

Trump has, again, exposed his nakedness to the world. And it ain’t pretty. And it continues to go downhill. But yet he had supporters. Bahamas elections are in 18 months. And remember Bahamians like to copycat. Especially from America.

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joeblow 3 months, 1 week ago

... so why would a pro-Trump person shoot a pro- Trump person at at Trump rally? People seem not to be able to differentiate pro Trump protesters from violent agitators who infiltrated the rally! Sad!

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proudloudandfnm 3 months, 1 week ago

What a stupid comment. It was 100% trumpies. Dumbest racists on earth.

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John 3 months ago

Don’t how ‘insurgents’ infiltrated the Black Lives Matter protests and did the rioting, the looting and the property destruction to place the blame on the peaceful protesters

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tribanon 3 months, 1 week ago

Collie and his Bahamian crew living abroad were never in any danger and continue to enjoy their very privileged diplomatic postings with full cushy pay and benefits throughout the Communist China Virus crisis.

Meanwhile the vast majority of Bahamians working in the private sector have become financially crippled by Minnis's nonsensical orders and protocols, leaving them staring at a wave of social unrest and violent crimes to come.

When is Minnis going to cut the pay and benefits of the more senior government officials throughout the public sector so that they do not remain wrongfully protected and immune from the great financial pain the rest of us have been forced to endure as a result of our economically crippled private sector?

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tetelestai 3 months, 1 week ago

Sigh - when one has no economic, monetary policy, fiscal or common sense, then brain dead posts such as this are the result. I take it back, Mr. Goff, for the longest I thought you lacked the requisite critical thinking skills, diplomacy and common sense to be an effective politician. I was wrong...your banal, tired intellect is exactly that of our existing and past politicians. You would have fit right in!

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KapunkleUp 3 months, 1 week ago

Time to issue a travel advisory.

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GodSpeed 3 months ago

As if they were ever in danger lol...what a bunch of clowns.

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