The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) said yesterday that it is concerned about the human rights of everyone in the country and is investigating a video circulating on social media.
“The Royal Bahamas Defence Force wishes to advise the general public that the organization is committed to guarding our heritage and is concerned about human rights in light of videos that are circulating on social media,” a statement from the force read.
“As we continue to serve the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the RBDF assures that the preservation of freedom of residents and non-residents will be upheld to a high standard.
“The Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King, also wishes to advise that the organization is committed to the principles of peace and security, and hence is investigating the matter.”
While the RBDF did not identify which video it was referring to, a video made the rounds this week of a man in fatigues mocking a man about his heritage.
“What is the national fish of The Bahamas,” the man in fatigues asked a man on a bike as he blocked his path.
The man on the bicycle stumbled.
“What is the national tree, the national flower,” the man in fatigues asked.
The man recording said, “You don’t know none of that.”
The man on the bicycle replied, “I know that, I just forget that.”
The man in fatigues then asked, “Who is the prime minister? Dr. Duane Sands?”
The man on the bicycle said, “No, no.”
“Perry Christie,” the man in fatigues asked.
“No, no,” the man on the bicycle said.
“Fred Smith,” the man in fatigues asked, referring to the human rights attorney who is currently injured in Italy.
“Fred Smith,” the man on the bicycle replied.
The man in fatigues, the man recording and another unseen person erupted into laughter and the man on the bike said, “Not Fred Smith.”
“Louby Georges,” the man in fatigues asked, referring to the Haitian activist and member of Rights Bahamas.
“Not Georges. He’s a Haitian,” the man on the bike said.
“Louby Georges is not a Haitian. He’s a Bahamian,” the man in fatigues said.
Then, pointing to a card in his hand, the man in fatigues said, “You see what you have here… you is a Bahamian. You are not a Haitian-Bahamian. You only could be one. Either you is a Bahamian or you are a Haitian. Which one are you?”
The man on the bike said he’s a Bahamian.
The man in fatigues then handed him the card back and said, “So you is a Bahamian now? Have a good one.”