The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has denied claims by the leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, that the force is attempting to frustrate plans by the party for an October 8 protest march.
The Public Relations Officer of the RSLPF, Zachary Hippolyte, told the Times that the LPM letter to the Police on the issue was both undated and unsigned.
Hippolyte disclosed that contrary to what Prudent said, the response from the Police came in a letter, not from Acting Police Chief Errol Alexander who is away on official business, but from Acting Deputy Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry.
In addition, the Police Press Relations Officer noted that the LPM letter had mentioned a public protest.
However Hippolyte cited the Public Order Act of Saint Lucia 2008, which he said makes no provision for a public protest.
“Section 10/1 provides for public marches and mandates that permission be sought from the Commissioner of Police,” he declared.
Hippolyte revealed that the same act in section 10, subsection 2, requires that several conditions be met, including a statement of the purpose of the activity, the route, the hours within which the march will be held and the number of persons estimated to take part.
“It’s not the Police making things hard for the LPM, these are requirements of the law,” he asserted.
According to Hippolyte, the Police have never questioned the legitimacy of the LPM as suggested by the leader of the party.
The Police in their letter of September 8, 2015, have invited the LMP to resubmit its letter.