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Chastanet: ‘Four Deaths On Independence Day And The Government Has Said Nothing?’

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Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has called out the government, pointing to its silence regarding separate deadly gun incidents on independence day that claimed the lives of four men.

One of the men died in a police officer-involved shooting at Bexon, two were gunned down in Vieux Fort and another was shot dead in Soufriere.

“Four deaths on independence day and the government has said nothing? Absolutely nothing?” Chastanet told a news conference on Monday.

The United Workers Party (UWP) leader described the four deadly gun incidents, and a fatal accident as Saint Lucia celebrated its 44th independence anniversary last week as a sad day for the country.

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“I think it needs to be a wake-up call for all of us. This is not just a reflection on the government this is a reflection on all of us as a society. This is a very sad day,” the former Prime Minister told reporters.

“I think we probably have to admit that this was probably one of the worst independence we have had in terms of our safety record. I mean to lose four lives by gunshot and one person that was in a car accident – very, very sad day for all of us,” Chastanet asserted.

“It begs the question, the level of preparation that was put into independence because you know that you’re going to be having mass crowds. You know that people are going to be driving inebriated and in some cases we actually had advance warnings that that there were persons who were being targeted,” the Micoud South MP told reporters.

“It is something that we have to go back to the drawing board,” Chastanet stated.


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  1. For all the passports you sold during your term in office up to now we are yet to know the amount. Mr. Chastanet, please how many passports were sold during your term.

  2. Imagine they talking about crime and u on passport that’s why that crime thing in st.lucia will never end

  3. Choops…man independence day celebration is not what it use to be for some time now since Covid and your Old horse track with it’s little one and two race so the fact four people got shot in different part of the island is just another day. Everyone knows the shooters….as bad as it seems people are just not waking around St Lucia and shooting people out of the blue all these shootings the victims and shooters knows each other and what they are involved in, especially up in Soufriere criminal killing criminal I don’t have a problem with that. So what he wanted Pierre to say…on our 44th year of independence how dare you fire a gun when on the other hand on our 44th independence you are advocating for St Lucia to remain and depend on THE PRIVEY Council for our final court of appeal …..the audacity, man you need someone to talk to you about when it’s appropriate for you to open your mouth.

  4. Mr Chastanet the government is not responsible for the gang warfare in St.lucia. A lot of the youth want quick money that they don’t want to work too hard for. They want the next ‘thing” be it bike, sneekers etc that excites their flesh.The young people are educated to behave differently, properly.They choose their way. I notice we don’t say anything to some parents who don’t believe in spiritual development anymore…..but are quick to give their children the most expensive phones without supervision. Their are a myriad of reasons why you cannot blame a handful of people in office for the ills of a society. In fact i would like you to read 2nd Timothy chapter 3. It may serve to enlighten you. Buy the way what is the responsibility of each adult in our society with regard to the issues we face…”Not my fault?” These crimes didn’t start yesterday! We are all responsible. let us stop all the blaming and get on with it.

  5. Such a waste of valuable time..
    Create employment A C . let the hotel’s to share the wealth of the island by implementing a minimum wage system of $10 per hour based on 40 hrs weekly.. Focus on Share the help your followers..
    Stop wasting your time on useless matters..

  6. chas you see the one in Soufriere self dont worry about that one. he did to many things to people already

  7. Troy, they all sell Passports to the wrong individuals in unfriendly Countries sadly; but in whose pockets the fees go, the State or the politician? ask Helierre.
    The shootings in todays’ generation ‘ring a Bell that Tolls a sad Story’ unfortunately. It may be Titled – ‘ A lost generation ‘
    Surely, today we must have this someone, one like Derek Wallcott who can Pen the saddest history, the history of a St. Lucia that has turned its back on the goodness of God and instead has sought out in his mind, an alternative method to make it on his own. The means thereof not very flattering; but to instill pain, suffering, stress and regret to many a family.
    So how can this be prevented, to be stopped, to find a better path for an alternative life style? or should we allow our governing masters & mistresses whom we elected to take care of this generation, to rather seek vague and ‘in your face’ events to blind the thoughts, the cares, in fact the business election was all about; not just to sell bits and pieces of our patrimony like our Harbours to quick talking international scammers, businessmen, fast talkers in return for the ‘filthy lucre’ then who should we guard against; the common crook, the violent one or the well dressed, big Rover cum Car owner? today join me in moaning and prayer with the families of the victims who I hope will find that peace this present world fails to give – and the ones passed away, eternal rest grant to them.

  8. Anonymous and The Fox all of you are not brave, my name is Troy Francis. Why don’t you reveal your name for us to know who you are?

  9. After reading SOME of your comments these are the words that comes to my mind
    Ignorant, illiterate, unschooled, benighted, empty-headed, ignoramus, know-nothing, lowbrow, uncultivated, uncultured, uninstructed, unlearned, unlettered, unread, unrefined, untaught, untutored

    Now I am speechless…

  10. @ HN Bruh I’m telling, my jaw went down reading most of these ignoramuses comments. Somebody even said it is “useless matters” 😳 then they talk about passports and money… So far only two acknowledged the topic. The don’t want to be educated on crime but rather give solutions on “politics”. Unbelievable

  11. There was 2 incident in your constituency one shop keep shot a 1/2 mad man and an accident involving a young and a lady who was dead , did you come in the house and talk about or on the news. No. So why are you so interested about pjp not talking about crime.


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