The Opposition United Workers Party has expressed concern over what it described as ‘the growing use of Suppression by the Government of Saint Lucia as a form of protecting their victory.’
In a statement on opposition leader Allen Chastanet’s Facebook page, the UWP indicated that it had learned of several reports of abuse of the civil liberties of law-abiding citizens in the south under the Government’s Suppression of Escalated Crime (Police Powers).
The opposition party observed that the measure had given ordinary police officers far-reaching and unprecedented powers infringing on individual rights, liberties, and privacy.
“Under the Suppression Act, ordinary police officers are now granted the authority to conduct searches of homes and businesses without obtaining a warrant. This expansion of powers which has largely gone unchecked, raises concerns about further potential abuses and undermines the fundamental principles of justice and due process,” the statement observed.
In addition, the UWP statement highlighted ‘the government’s deliberate suppression of crime statistics, creating a distorted narrative of public safety.’
“Shockingly, this past weekend alone witnessed four shootings, two murders, a rape, and numerous robberies, most of which went unreported by the authorities. The government’s silence on these alarming incidents is deeply concerning, as it fails to address the growing insecurity in the country,” the UWP stated.
And the opposition party declared that the government’s suppression of the truth regarding the true economic situation is equally troubling.
It declared that despite recording record-breaking revenue through excise taxes, the government plans to implement an oppressive and unrecoverable 2.5% tax.
“This regressive tax system places an additional burden on citizens at an already difficult time while obscuring the government’s true financial intentions,” the UWP asserted.
It also accused the government of deceiving the public about the actual state of unemployment in the country, leaving many citizens in the dark regarding their economic prospects.
“The Prime Minister must immediately address these concerning trends of suppression to restore transparency and accountability. We urge the authorities to safeguard the rights and freedoms of all citizens. Additionally, the UWP demands that the government provide accurate information regarding the crime rate, economic conditions, and unemployment figures,” the UWP statement said.
SOURCE: United Workers Party