A warning has been sounded by National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, to the leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, about “unacceptable” behavior.
“He cannot be part and parcel of a crowd that is becoming unruly and say nothing about it to his followers,” La Corbiniere asserted today.
The Minister was speaking to reporters as he arrived for a sitting of the Senate, and made reference to an incident outside parliament this week, in which a vocal crowd had gathered outside.
La Corbiniere said what happened cannot be tolerated.
“Law and order is going to be maintained and I have made it quite clear to the Commissioner that moving forward in this election year we are going to and we must maintain law and order in this country,” the Minister declared.
La Corbiniere recalled that on at least two occasions when there has been a crowd issue and an obvious issue relating to a breakdown of law and order, Chastanet was present.
He cited the incident this week and one in Soufriere.
“I am saying to Mr. Chastanet and I am being very firm on this issue, as the leader of a party he has a responsibility to ensure that his followers follow the criminal law and do not breach it in this country and if he does, he will be held accountable,” La Corbiniere warned.
Said La Corbiniere:
“Clearly he cannot always be in control of that, but you cannot tell me that on two occasions when there has been a clear misuse of the privilege of being able to have free expression and demonstrate within a certain context, clearly Mr. Chastanet has been there on both occasions and he has done nothing to send a signal to his followers that this is not to be tolerated.”
The Minister observed that Saint Lucia is going into a general election.
“If this is the way we are going to start our general election then things are going to get very hot in the country; but I am saying that as Minister it is not going to happen under my watch and I am going to take all requisite action to ensure that it doesn’t happen,” La Corbiniere asserted.
The Minister also said if the UWP leader encourages a breakdown of law and order he will be held accountable.