Allen Chastanet, the leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), has denied having organized this week’s protest outside parliament.
The denial follows strong criticism from National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere.
The Minister accused Chastanet of “unacceptable” behaviour and of being part of an unruly crowd which the UWP leader did nothing to calm down.
La Corbiniere warned that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
However Chastanet said that the people were speaking for themselves.
He urged the government to wake up to the reality of an unemployment level of twenty five percent generally and fifty percent among young people.
The UWP leader also criticized the state of health care and the decline of small businesses.
“I think it would be a very sad day for Saint Lucia if we were to stand up and accept what La Corbiniere is saying, that people are going to be silenced and intimidated,” Chastanet asserted.
He observed that the current Saint Lucia Labour Party administration is already being accused of acts of victimization.
Chastanet said it was sad that the National Security Minister, who is a lawyer and ought to understand democracy, could make the statements that he did.
Regarding allegations that members of the crowd outside made threats to parliamentarians, the UWP leader said he did not hear any such threats.
He recalled that he was being interviewed by a television reporter.
Chastanet declared that the UWP will continue to fight for the people of Saint Lucia.