Castries Mayor urges support for Venezuela amid renewed protests in Caracas

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, asserting that Venezuela has been a very good friend to Saint Lucia, has declared that it is Saint Lucia’s turn to stand behind that country as it goes through a very trying time.

Venezuela opposition supporters descended on the country’s capital – Caracas today, to press for a recall referendum this year against Socialist President, Nicolas Maduro.

The referendum would cut  President Nicolas Maduro’s term short and trigger new elections.

Fearing violence, especially given 43 deaths around anti-Maduro protests in 2014, many businesses closed and parts of Caracas were deserted in the early morning.

“We know that democracy calls for people to express themselves and we are hoping that whether people  are disgruntled  they will conduct themselves in such a manner that there is no loss of life or property,” Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis said yesterday ahead of Thursday’s protests.

Francis had just emerged from a meeting with Venezuela’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia,  Her Excellency Leiff Escalona and a delegation from the Venezuelan Embassy here.

The meeting discussed plans next year to commemorate the bicentennial of death of Jean Baptiste Bideau.

Jean Baptiste Bideau was born on the island of St. Lucia in 1780 and from 1811 participated in the War of Independence of Venezuela, under the orders of Simon Bolivar and General Santiago Marino.

He later became the Governor of East Venezuela.



  1. anon
    September 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Has Mr Francis understood what is happening in Venezuela and the implications of his statement?

    Venezuela is now a failed socialist state just as socialism has failed everywhere.
    His statement seems to indicated support for a disasterious government.
    Does this tally with the government’s position?
    Political figures in this govt have to realize that talk is cheap but can have negative results. Just get on with the job please and think before you talk.

  2. Anonymous
    September 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Socialism has failed everywwhere. Support people and their fight for freedom but not the
    socialist goverment.

  3. Anonymous
    September 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Alittle more of kenny administration and st.lucia would end up worst than Venezuela so we can learn from what we see happening in other countries

    September 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm


  5. Anonymous
    September 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    i agree. we should support the people of Venezuela. There should be an OECS led initiative and CARICOM. We give what we can and that decision should have been made a long time ago. Our politicians and the friends they employ are as usual a waste of time, effort and money.