Violence forces early end to J’ Ouvert

Violence forced an early end to J’ Ouvert celebrations this morning, an official of the Saint Lucia Fire Service has said.

Divisional Officer, George Victorin, explained that there was a good turnout for the event.

But he said there were quite a few incidents.

Victorin told the Times that a young lady was stabbed in the chest and had to be transported to Victoria Hospital.

He recalled that soon afterwards, a fight broke out.

According to Victorin, both incidents took place on Jeremie Street near the Castries Market.

He disclosed that as a result of those and other incidents, the police called an early end to the event.

Victorin stated that the festivity was supposed to have continued until 8 am but was halted before 6:am today.

He observed that his men faced the usual challenges relating to manpower and equipment, but were able to get the job done.

“We had coverage of most of the events,” the Saint Lucia Fire Service official revealed.

Victorin appealed to revelers to contribute to a peaceful carnival celebration.

“It’s a peaceful event and we are supposed to enjoy it,” he asserted.