Video: People Gather At Cannonier Watson House

July 13, 2021 | 16 Comments

People can be seen gathering outside Sophia Cannonier and Michael Watson’s residence this afternoon [July 13] in a show of support for the couple, who recently arrived back in Bermuda from the UK, and did not enter a quarantine facility.

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This follows after a number of police officers were seen outside of the Cannonier Watson residence late Sunday night and early Monday morning, which was followed by the Health Ministry and Police stating that the couple “are in breach of section 27[1][ab] of the Quarantine [Covid-19] [No. 3] Order 2020 for refusing to comply with a requirement to quarantine” and it “is expected that this matter will go before the courts.

Speaking with Bernews at the scene this afternoon [full comments in video above] Eugene Dean said, “Today I got phone calls to say that police had returned to the property.

“So we came on site; the police didn’t really have any idea exactly why they were here when we asked further questions. Apparently the Ministry of Health is trying to get a security detail to come and monitor the property and they’ve asked police to hold the fort until that detail is put into place.

“Then we received word that there were efforts to put warrants in place to arrest the family, then we got contacted by the police to make it clear to us that they haven’t approved the execution of any warrants.

Mr Dean then indicated that it appears “it’s the Government, or the Ministry of Health, that is actively trying to get these warrants executed.”

“So there is interest in being able to arrest the family still, however there haven’t been any warrants executed by the police at this point and it doesn’t appear the police would like to see that happen either.”

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  1. puzzled says:

    The law is the law.
    COP’s hands are tied as he (Police) don’t want to over rule Government.

    Sad state of affairs.

  2. Vigilante says:

    Ok, so it’s the law folks…quite simple really…if you want to travel these days you follow the rules of the Govt in power. Politicizing your personal preferences by flouting the law, and becoming famous for 5 minutes, is not really to anyone’s benefit. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

  3. Pay Attention says:

    Imagine that. Police not issuing warrants. Seems like only people pushing this is Government and the Big Bad Wolf from the Health Department. The one always threatening persons at the airport. Same person threatened the young lady that came in with her Baby. Always threatening the Police on you and the Police don’t even want to get involved. IMAGINE THAT. The Big Bad Wolf using his position throwing his weight around. And at a young lady that you are old enough to be her Grand Pa. What I saw at the airport was SAD BEHAVIOUR And a UNION LEADER. SMH

  4. East Ender says:

    Stand firm Sophia and Michael. Rules for the sake of rules, even when they make absolutely no sense, should not stand. The court needs to make a ruling on the case in front of it so the people know what their rights are. This ridiculous rule is in place as a power play by a government that has let power go right to it’s head. Time for them to go.

    • sandgrownan says:

      No. Reposted from another thread.

      We need quarantine for unvaccinated travellers (as do many countries) because they have statistically more chance of contracting and spreading COIVD-19. By a considerable margin.

      We need government mandated quarantine in Bermuda, because Bermudians think their sh*t don’t stink, they cannot stay at home and think rules don’t apply to them.

      It’s really that simple.

      I could care less what whacko holistic eating berries cure the Cannoniers think they have for coronavirus. But they need to be isolated until they have had their day 14 tests.

    • Warrior says:

      Agree East Ender

    • Eliza says:

      The rules may not make sense to some people but that is because they don’t fully understand the scientific and social implications. Have you and your followers been studying viruses for 50 years? No, you just got started only a few months ago. Are you interested in just your personal health or are you thinking about the well-being of everyone on this island? I have long admired the work that Cannonier and Watson have done for the health of the community but in this case they are out of their league. Yes, support your friends when they make mistakes but think for yourselves and don’t enable self-centered foolishness.

  5. Perspective says:

    They haven’t been arrested because it’s not an official law. A policy and a law in the books are two different things. My, my, my, what a tangled web that has been weaved.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “They haven’t been arrested because it’s not an official law”

      The Quarantine (COVID-19) (No. 3) Order 2020 [] is not “an official” law?

      What do you say is required to make “an official law”?

  6. Dejavu says:

    Typical two bermuda’s

  7. Unbelievable says:

    Why are the police even giving Eugene Dean this information? Why is he acting like some middle man?

    • LOL - the real one says:

      Comrade, why do you care that the police are giving out public information to anyone? You must be scared of an articulate, strong, good-looking black Bermudian for some reason.

      Please feel free to go debate Mr. Dean on camera – anytime.

      • Unbelievable says:

        I know Eugene. He’s a good guy. Heart in the right place and I respect him a lot. Politically however, he’s naive and has no idea as to how to get Bermuda out of the general mess(COVID aside) we are in. He knows the problems but like his other FDM colleagues, he has ZERO REAL solutions. It’s just reaction and fluff. That’s not an opinion.

        As for your other ignorant comments, I am not afraid of anyone. If you want to make all sorts of reaches, you go ahead. I couldn’t care less if you choose to live in an antogonistic, fantasy land.

  8. Enough! says:

    As- a taxpayer, I do not wish to pay for security for every person who breaks the law..

    So government please; either arrest them or leave them.

  9. George jones says:

    Nice to see people who have the time on a workday to hang out at someone’s house and do nothing.

  10. wahoo says:

    Defund the government!

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