Former Saint Lucia Diaspora Affairs Ambassador Dr. Jocelyne Fletcher has denied inciting opposition United Workers Party (UWP) supporters against the police and planning to victimise officers once the UWP gets into office.
Fletcher’s denial was in response to a viral video of comments she made during an opposition protest march in Vieux Fort on Saturday.
However, she told St. Lucia Times that the recording did not capture the whole story.
Fletcher, while acknowledging that she is militant, said she always preaches peace.
She said she was responsible for controlling the crowd because they listened to and respected her as a long-standing UWP member.
“I was keeping our people in line,” the former Ambassador explained.
She recalled that a small group, comprising mainly people from the diaspora, were near a public road where armed police advised them they could not enter.
Fletcher said most of the crowd returned, but a small number wanted to stand on the road and take photos.
She said when the police did not allow them, the group started to agitate, at which point she received a call to intervene and went behind the police barrier to get the group to go back.
“I was physically pushing our people back because they were determined to go and take pictures and they felt their rights were being trampled upon,” Fletcher recalled.
She said UWP political leader Allen Chastanet arrived and wanted to conduct a media interview but was not allowed to go in front of the St. Jude Hospital building.
According to Fletcher, she told the people the police were following instructions and advised them to be obedient.
In addition, she said a senior police officer expressed gratitude to her for helping to control the crowd.
She also said she told UWP supporters to take pictures of the officers’ faces and mark their faces in their minds.
Fletcher said her comments were in response to a question from supporters, and the intention was that once the UWP was back in power, the officers’ should be asked why they acted in that manner, which she felt was wrong.
“I was facing my people. I never spoke to the police,” she stated.
“I said, ‘Let us go. We don’t make rules. The people are doing what they are told to do, even if it is not right. So mark their faces. Note them. Take pictures of them so that when we get in power, you can go back to them and ask them why they did that when they themselves would not feel intimidated or victimised,” Fletcher stated.
“I actually said, ‘Ask them. Why did they do this’,” the former Ambassador said.
“If you had the whole video you would see me pushing back the crowd, physically pushing the people who were more vocal and were in front,” Fletcher told St. Lucia Times.
Headline photo: Dr. Jocelyne Fletcher (Stock image)