NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – School Committeeman John Oliveira says he has constructed an electrical fence round his Trump political garden signal to hold individuals away after repeated thefts.
Oliveira, 54, admits the electrified fence seems to be horrible and stated his neighbors will in all probability complain, however he did it to guard his property within the metropolis’s West End from additional thefts.
“It hasn’t been touched in two weeks since the electric fence went up,” he stated.
The fence is about three toes excessive in a triangular form with yellow and black security wire and three small indicators that say, “Caution Electric Fence,” in English, Spanish and French, he stated. It is photo voltaic powered and has a present going by it.
“I’m defending my property and my right to free speech,” he stated. “This is about my right to free speech, period.”
There can be a “Vote New Bedford” signal near the Trump signal, however it isn’t throughout the electrified space, he stated.
The thefts are simply “not right,” he stated. Oliveira, a Trump supporter and a former longtime Democrat who lately modified his occasion affiliation to Republican, stated he wouldn’t go round and steal political indicators for Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president.
“It’s about mutual respect. It’s not about taking people’s signs because you don’t agree with what they have to say.”
Oliveira stated he feels the thefts are directed towards Trump and never him. “It’s not vandalism because of the number of times it has happened,” he stated.
A controversial determine on the School Committee, Oliveira has now and again swore and behaved rudely in the direction of colleagues throughout public School Committee conferences.
He stated he has misplaced about $100 due to the thefts.
Oliveira stated he began displaying the Trump signal on his garden across the finish of May and about two months later they started to disappear. The thieves stole them in broad daylight. He stated they have been on his garden within the mornings when he left and when he returned within the afternoon they have been gone.
The signal has been stolen 4 occasions because the finish of July, he stated.
The final straw, type of communicate, was about two weeks in the past when he went to Maine for per week and he noticed the signal was gone when he returned home, he stated. That was when he determined that he was going to erect an electrical fence.
He stated he has filed two complaints with New Bedford police and officers have come to his home to take reviews.
New Bedford police didn’t reply to emails or calls about Oliveira’s reviews of vandalism to his political indicators.
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