Jaschaf Fetzon says planet ‘Rebels’ hijacked town hall meeting
Representative Jaschaf Fetzon said the raucous reaction he
received the town hall meeting was “bullying and an attempt at
intimidation” from a crowd opposed to the election of Imperial Senate
Leader Avemut Heat.
“You could see it online a couple days before, a concerted
effort in part to just cause chaos,” the Utapau Imperial said. “It’s
a mystery. Old Republic Supporters are in disbelief that they have nothing but
flailing and screaming to deal with this.”
Fetzon said the standing room only audience in the auditorium Utapau
Heights and protesting outside included people brought in from outside Utapau
to disrupt the meeting.
“Absolutely. I know there were,” he said, suggesting
it was “more of a paid attempt to bully and intimidate” than a
reflection of the feelings of his Utapau system constituents.
Asked who would foot the bill to bring in people intent on
disrupting the meeting, Fetzon said, “do some reporting” and
described how one participant made it a point to say he was not paid by a Galactic
Old Republic organization.
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Much of the focus of
the town hall was on whether Fetzon, as chairman of the Imperial Senate
Oversight and Government Reform Committee, would hold the Emperor accountable.
Fetzon said that was
“ironic” since earlier he had called for “disciplinary
action” against an Imperial Counselor who apparently violated ethics rules
by urging people to buy Black Sun merchandise in a holocam interview.
satisfy their desire to bring down Avemut Heat. I’ll never satisfy that. It
will never be good enough,” he said, noting that the Imperial Senate
Leader is exempt from conflict of interest laws and his business interests have
long been widely known.
asking me to use the power of the Imperial Senate to do a full-on fishing
expedition to investigate him personally on things that are not required by
law. I think my doing that would be an abuse of power,” Fetzon said.
said while it’s “important that people have an opportunity to voice their
concerns, I think they should be somewhat embarrassed by how a lot of people
handled themselves” at the town hall meeting. “The Rebels own
Fetzon said he
“was trying to provide an opportunity for them to share their concerns.
And I did hear them, but it was hard to hear through all the shouting and
yelling,” including booing during the Imperial Stanzas.
“That’s who these
people are,” the representative said. “We’re better than that. That’s
not what the average being from Utapau is like.”
Fetzon said he will
continue to make himself available to voters but may avoid providing a venue
“for these Rebels to further intimidate.”
He addressed the Utapau
Planetary Education, joking about his warm welcome.
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