Declaring that yesterday’s protest march was the beginning to send a message to the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party that the people are angry, the leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, told a crowd last night of party faithful and others that Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony’s job is on the line.
“We have had enough and we are coming to take your job. It is time for you to go,” Chastanet bellowed as party supporters shouted their assent.
He was addressing a gathering that has taken part in a protest march from the Vigie playing field to the William Peter Boulevard, where various UWP officials addressed the crowd.
By some estimates, the support for the protest march yesterday was considerably less that a previous similar activity in which the UWP participated recently.
Nevertheless, Chastanet thanked those who came out, saying that if they had not, the “wickedness” of the Labour party would continue.
According to the UWP leader, party supporters are not afraid and cannot be victimized anymore than they are already being victimized.
“We have to be people of action and not people of words. You coming out tonight speaks louder than anybody saying anything,” he asserted.
The UWP leader called attention to a number of challenges facing the people of Saint Lucia under the current administration, including youth unemployment.
“You are telling me that we have the highest unemployment in the Caribbean and one one out of every two young people in our country is unemployed. Young people graduating can’t get a job and your response is to run a TV ad on Allen Chastanet. That is the solution, Allen Chastanet is the problem,” he told the crowd.
In an obvious message to Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony, Chastanet said :”If you want the people of Saint Lucia to reelect you, fix the problems and if you can’t step aside and let the United Workers Party show you.”
He challenged Anthony to call general elections.
“This is a weekend so you cannot call the election on a weekend, but we expect you to call the election on Monday. We are tired of you saying how divided the UWP is. If we are so divided, call the election,” Chastanet said, adding that the United Workers Party is ready.
According to him, many people are looking to UWP and the journey of organizing the party and getting it ready is very soon to be complete.
In a reference to the upcoming party convention where Chastanet has expressed confidence that he will again be reelected leader, he noted that November 15 is just around the corner.
“On November 15 the UWP is ready to ring the bell and say we are ready to govern this country,”he stated.
Chastanet’s sole challenger, Sarah Flood Beaubrun, is reported to have been among those in the crowd at the William Peter Boulevard.