The Chairman of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Therold Prudent, has responded to what he said were claims by ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) operatives that the UWP and its leader, Allen Chastanet, were seeking to disrupt diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
He referred to a social media post this week that indicated the UWP was ‘anti-Taiwan’ and wanted ties with China.
Prudent addressed the issue on Tuesday during a live stream on his Facebook page.
“We are friends of Taiwan,” the UWP Chairman asserted.
In addition, Prudent recalled that the UWP administration under John Compton established diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1984.
“Our great leader, Sir John Compton, brought in the Taiwanese,” he declared.
However, Prudent said in 1997, the Saint Lucia Labour Party ‘threw’ the Taiwanese out of Saint Lucia.
“They switched diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favour of China,” the UWP Chairman stated.
“The United Workers Party – always favouring the Taiwanese and the Saint Lucia Labour Party loving Communism,” Prudent declared.
He said the SLP did not care about China’s human rights record and the Chinese government jailing thousands of their citizens who fought for freedom every year.
Prudent observed that a lot of those citizens would go to prison, be killed, and their relatives would never see them again.
But he said the SLP wanted money and personal gifts from the Chinese.
Prudent said in 2007, after returning to office, the UWP administration reestablished diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
He explained that Taiwan has been a good friend to Saint Lucia.
The UWP Chairman said the SLP returned to office in 2011, wanting to return to China, but eventually decided to maintain the status quo.