Former Suriname guerrilla leader turned politician, Ronnie Brunswijk, has defended a decision to rain money from a helicopter on the village of Moengo Tapoe.
According to news reports, video footage of the ABOP party leader dropping the cash in eastern Suriname, first appeared on Sunday.
Local media said villagers could be seen scrambling to collect bills that Brunswijk is throwing from a red helicopter that hovers over their houses.
The video quickly went viral, much to the ire of critics who seemed to be standing at the ready to condemn Brunswijk’s actions as primitive.
Butt the former soldier hit back on his Facebook page, declaring that it was almost as if people expected him to just put his money in the bank and look at it while he could see people suffering.
““I give when I can, because I know what it is to not have anything and be poor. I know how it feels to not have food to eat for days,” he wrote.
Known for his outlandish antics, it is not the first time Brunswijk has literally and figuratively “thrown” money at people, most notoriously during election periods, it was reported.
However, speaking to the press on Monday, he said that this time it had nothing to do with politics and trying to bind his voters to him.
He explained that his cousin passed away, and in his community it is tradition to put money on the table at such times.
“I helped out the family and then decided to spread more from a helicopter and make some people happy,” he declared.