The leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement, Therold Prudent, has said that his party harbors no ill feelings or animosity towards the Police, in the controversy that arose this week over the LPM’s plans to hold a protest march.
The LPM has taken to the media to accuse the Police of frustrating plans for the event after the office of the Police Commissioner rejected an application for the activity.
But the Police hit back, indicating that a number of requirements were not met in the LPM application as required by law, including an estimate of persons expected to attend the march and the identity of the person requesting permission for the event.
“What I would like to say to the Saint Lucian public is that the LPM is a law abiding organization which wants to do everything it does within the perimeters of the law, however there are just some bureaucratic impediments in our nation that seek to always prevent things from happening in a smooth manner,” LPM leader, Therold Prudent told the Times.
He admitted that there were errors in his party’s application to the Police, but asserted that the Police could have telephoned the LPM in order to guide the party and the matter could have been “over with.”
But Prudence was concerned that the appearance may have been given that his party was not following the law.
Nevertheless Prudent disclosed that the LPM had resubmitted its application to hold its protest march on October 8, 2015, to focus attention on youth unemployment, violent crime and the physical state of courthouses on the Island.