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Women engage in fist fight at Carrot Bay Festival

-Reporters nearly drawn into melee
A security officer addresses one of the women involved in a fight during the Benito Potter Festiville on August 10, 2013. Photo: VINO
“Anybody who truly understands what our fore parents went through to be free cannot be celebrating with fights, stealing or doing negative things. Those are people who don’t understand the history of what their fore parents fought for,” Hon. Fahie stated during the opening ceremony of the Benito Festiville in Carrot Bay on August 8, 2013. Photo: VINO
“Anybody who truly understands what our fore parents went through to be free cannot be celebrating with fights, stealing or doing negative things. Those are people who don’t understand the history of what their fore parents fought for,” Hon. Fahie stated during the opening ceremony of the Benito Festiville in Carrot Bay on August 8, 2013. Photo: VINO
CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI – Even as First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie cited the disrespect associated with persons fighting during the Emancipation Festival and its relevance to fore parents of Virgin Islanders, persons continued to settle matters with their fists at the end of the Emancipation Festival in Carrot Bay on August 10, 2013.

“Anybody who truly understands what our fore parents went through to be free cannot be celebrating with fights, stealing or doing negative things. Those are people who don’t understand the history of what their fore parents fought for,” Hon. Fahie stated during the opening ceremony of the Benito Festiville in Carrot Bay on August 8, 2013.

Two days later, it appeared as if all his words had fallen on deaf ears as fights erupted at the Festival, one of them between two women. The fight was quickly parted but even as the parties were being pulled apart, another one almost began.

One of several reporters who attempted to take photographs of the disturbance was quickly pounced upon by a not too impressed male who tried to grab a female reporter’s camera and demanded that the photos be deleted.

A heated argument ensued but this was eventually subdued through the intervention of other reporters, and later the presence of Police Officers.

What was strange yet instructive, however, is that a senior unnamed Police Officer, instead of chiding the offending male, chose to ask the reporter why the photographs were being taken in the first instance.

It remains unclear what caused the ruckus in the beginning, but there should be no excuse for Police Officers not doing their job correctly whenever the opportunity presented itself, especially in instances when a woman is clearly the victim of an assault or attempted assault.

There were at least four fights at the Carrot Bay Festival Last Lap. One of them left a young man bleeding heavily from the face.

The fights at the Carrot Bay 'Last Lap' event followed several reported fights during the Road Town leg of the Emancipation Festival. There were reportedly 14 fights on one night alone at the Ira Oliver Skelton Festiville. Very ironic too is that the honouree had made a special appeal for persons to keep the peace at the launch of the festival in May and also at the opening of the Festiville on July 26, 2013.

“Zero tolerance, no fighting, no mishaps and keep the budget to what we agree for,” Mr Skelton had pleaded for at the launch of the 2013 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival at La Piazza, Prospect Reef on Friday May 31, 2013.

Attempts to contact Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee, Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden for comment on the matter were unsuccessful up to post time.

28 Responses to “Women engage in fist fight at Carrot Bay Festival”

  • road march champs (12/08/2013, 08:30) Like (1) Dislike (38) Reply
    Ayo check to see which band was playing at the time
  • (12/08/2013, 08:44) Like (1) Dislike (22) Reply
    Show time!!!! Duhh
    • Fan (12/08/2013, 10:15) Like (5) Dislike (24) Reply
      correction V.I SHOWTIME not the boss and crew original SHOWTIME
      • pat (12/08/2013, 12:09) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        The problem is there are too many ignorant people around that can’t control their emotions.
  • qc (12/08/2013, 08:51) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    deeds big women always figting over car keys
  • upset (12/08/2013, 08:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    at the time when the first fight broke out showtime wasn't playing. 17 plus was performing.
  • facts (12/08/2013, 10:02) Like (1) Dislike (27) Reply
    There is a reason fights do not break out when the other bands are playing at venues. You have to have more than three people there listening..LOL!!!!! Showtime brings out the whole crowd(it is crowded people bound to bout up), the other bands bring out 1 or 2 people. One person cannot fight themself...ROTFLMAO!!!!!!! FACT!!!!!!!!!!! ShowTime for life haters....
    • too facts (12/08/2013, 12:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      get ur facts straight, the crowd came out to bands from away or even babySham not VI ShowTime we hear them all they time and more so both Showtime Band and VI Showtime bring out the young ppl wa ain mature yet, they are the ones who normally dont behave them d*** self... in this case these were big women so ain the perfomers its the individuals. dnt blame the bands
  • Forbidden Truth (12/08/2013, 10:53) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    What was strange yet instructive, however, is that a senior unnamed Police Officer, instead of chiding the offending male, chose to ask the reporter why the photographs were being taken in the first instance.

    Typical police not wanting to get involved in solviong problems and preventing same, but want full pay every two weeks.
  • open wide (12/08/2013, 11:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    seems like security has no plans for these things
  • under the bus (12/08/2013, 12:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    A man is a “Bad Ting” to fight over!
  • eye witness (12/08/2013, 12:13) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

    It Was Vi Showtime Manager And A Vi Showtime Fan..

  • long look me come from (12/08/2013, 12:18) Like (5) Dislike (60) Reply
    Bear in mind that 90% OF THE FIGHTS INVOLVED expat.
  • Hmm (12/08/2013, 16:55) Like (0) Dislike (18) Reply
    Funny thing is people checking to see what band playing instead of trying figure out the real issue was. And from reading this article and comment where the Police questioned the female reported. I don't see a problem with that. What was the need in take those pictures, to sever what purpose???
    • newsman (12/08/2013, 20:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      On PUBLIC property, at a PUBLIC event, the 'reporter' has every LEGAL right to photograph anything...
  • DON Q (12/08/2013, 19:33) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Next time we need to get a ring the same day of the donkey races for these ladies to duck it out!!!
  • Tola ppl love to talk shit (12/08/2013, 22:14) Like (3) Dislike (114) Reply

    It don't have not a thing to do with vi show time if them vg b*tch will stop take ppl man it will not have a fight I was right there so tola ppl need stop talk $h!t about vi show time

    • I was right there (13/08/2013, 11:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I WAS RIGHT THERE AND THERE WAS NO VG GIRL IN THAT FIGHT!
    • SMH (13/08/2013, 15:25) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      She must have put a gun to his head. Women need to stop this foolishness about taking your man. The man is not your property and he is not doing anything he doesn't want to do. Deal with the man, not the woman. If it's not her, it will be another!
  • gun (13/08/2013, 09:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    It will always got fights at least no guns were used
  • IN THE RING (16/08/2013, 07:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    FIGHT BABY FIGHT


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