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Activist’s house burns down

  • Community activist Rodney Moncur speaks to reporters outside the remnants of his home that was destroyed by an early morning fire. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: May 09, 2013

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Political activist Rodney Moncur is homeless after a house fire early yesterday morning.

The former Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate told The Nassau Guardian he received the call around 4 a.m. yesterday that his Black Village home —­ which contained all of his and his wife’s possessions — was on fire.

“From time to time, my wife and I sleep elsewhere and last night (Tuesday) we did the same thing,” said Moncur, 57, during an interview near the debris that was his home.

“Perhaps shortly after 4, a neighbor called me to alert me that the fire was taking place, and he was very concerned over the fact that the fire department, according to him, was taking too long.

“He felt I should also call them, which I did, and that I should come to Black Village.

“I didn’t come for a number of reasons. Among those reasons was that I didn’t have transportation available to me.”

A fire department official said firefighters responded to reports of a fire in that area around 4:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but Moncur believes it was the work of an arsonist.

Moncur claimed he has received several threats of death and arson in recent times. He added that his electricity has been off since October, 2011.

When asked if he feared for his life, Moncur responded, ‘no’ before breaking down in tears as he spoke to a friend in passing.

He said in the last couple of years, an explosive device has been launched at his home.

He said his office, which was located blocks away, was set on fire multiple times until it was  destroyed.

“After that my house became a target, but I tried to control the publicity surrounding it, not wanting to alarm families, friends and certain neighbors,” he said.

Moncur said he notified police about the threats, but he did not believe he was taken seriously because of his sometimes bold and expressive activism.

“Perhaps you will now understand when I said that my rest at Her Majesty’s Prisons (HMP) was perhaps one of the best naps,” he said, referring to a brief prison stay after police filed criminal charges against him in connection with autopsy pictures of a man on his Facebook page.

He is expected to return to court on Friday.

Despite the “devastation”, Moncur said he will survive and is still committed to his freedom march on May 20.

“I have some place to sleep,” he said.  “I can always find friends and family, but this is my home.”

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