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Minister of Health Comments on Driver’s Outburst with Police

Hamid Awe was fired from the Ministry of Health and Wellness by the very man who he thought of as a father figure. Health and Wellness Minister Michel Chebat was forced to fire Awe after Awe was caught on camera maskless, shirtless, and threatening police officers in front of the San Ignacio Police Station. Awe behaved unruly after his son was arrested for COVID-19 regulations. Today, Chebat told the media that maybe a suspension would have been sufficient.

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “It’s an unfortunate situation. You know as a member of Cabinet and as a minister I cannot support the behavior but as a father I understand Mr.Awe’s reaction. Mr.Awe was reacting to what he felt was his son being brutalized by the police and so I saw his anger, I saw his fear and so as a father I understand why he reacted the way he reacted. However as a citizen of this country we must always remember that we have to respect the police and so unfortunate in all the circumstance.

Reporter: Is he still working with the ministry ? 

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “No he is not working with the ministry at this time.”

Reporter:  He was terminated ?

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness:He was terminated yes. A very drastic decision on my part in retrospect perhaps a suspension in light of all the circumstances and so I think that I was very drastic in my reaction but I wanted to send a message that regardless of the circumstance we need to be calm and we need to be respectful to the police.”

Awe was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent words.