Protest Outside Parliament Against DSH Deal

A group of protesters demonstrated outside Parliament today against the government’s DSH agreement.

Bertrand Fevrier, who described himself as the lead protester told the Times that today’s protest was “just the beginning.”

Bertrand Fevrier

Bertrand Fevrier

He estimated that today’s demonstration involved some 50 protesters.

Fevrier, who said he was from Vieux Fort, asserted that the DHS project would negatively affect many individuals in the south of the island.

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DSH protest T-shirt sign

He vowed that the project would be resisted.

“We will be marching from now until the end of the year”, he said.

Pressed for specifics on the planned intensification of the protest, Fevrier said: “That’s personal. You will see it and feel it”.

The Prime Minister was able to see the protest before going into the Parliament building, Fevrier said.

Speaker of the house speaking to DSH protesters

Speaker of the house speaking to DSH protesters

The US$2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project for Saint Lucia covers the construction of a race course, a free trade zone, a shopping mall complex, marina and other facilities on 700 acres of land in the south of Saint Lucia.

25 Comments

  1. Take it
    December 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

    lolll that’s the future representative we voted for

  2. Anonymous
    December 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    These are unemployed people who want to remain unemployed for the rest of their lives. The Americans left years ago but they are still waiting for handouts and to prostitute themselves rather than encouraging developement that will create gainful employment for themselves and their children
    Shame on you guys.

    1. Obilisk
      December 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Don’t you read have u read. The signed. Crappy. Agreement

      1. Anonymous
        March 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm

        Apparently the person have not been paying attention

    2. Anonymous
      December 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      This is not the kind of development we want, development that sells out St Lucia land and gives so much favour to foreigners over our own people.

    3. Luciangirl
      December 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Where is the guarantee of employment? The internet is free, please educate yourself on the history of Chinese developments in other countries and how they bring in all labour and materials to complete their projects. We saw it here before with the stadium project. No jobs guaranteed, the agreement actually states that contractors & jobs will be under the purview of the Master Developer, I.e. Desert star holdings

    4. Sancha Raymond
      December 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Who(Words deleted) tell you there will be jobs uh? That is what your media is pushing and you all are believing. You all in the north sit your backsides in cushy jobs, tief from govt daily and you want to talk. The chinese NEVER give locals jobs. They bring in their people to do the job. The stadium was a case in point so get the hell out of here with your jobs pappyshow

  3. Sgame
    December 20, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I never saw no one protest when the other party was in power u all mouths were lock

    1. Anonymous
      December 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Do you have selective amnesia…. Allen protested for the price of gas. It was ok I guess when he did it.

  4. True Citizen
    December 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    It was time! The people worked to achieve what Vieux Fort already has. That’s disrespect to a nation to see our land getting sold that way! Only VF persons feel and understand this. The rest just concentrate on jobs. When these jobs done, what do we have left of ours??

    This project could’ve gone better off without direct impact and no sale of land. Foolish prime minister! Nd his supporters!

  5. Corb
    December 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I support the protest
    Enough is enough
    We can’t sell our country

    1. Likeable
      December 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Wow I’ve never seen such we’re so colour blind that we don’t understand what’s right and wrong.

  6. Anonymous
    December 20, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    every thing for jobs.. fools let me tell u only a few ppl here the will employ… big jokes Chinese love to work with Chinese… get ready for china town in vieux-fort…

  7. Anonymous
    December 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I think a better project would be to improve Sandy Beach for locals and tourists. Build restaurants, bars, water parks and other things that can bring in money but affordable so that locals can enjoy as well. To many, Sandy Beach is the only place of fun and relaxation in Vf.

    1. Anonymous
      December 21, 2016 at 10:24 am

      thats sad. but why has no local investor sought to develop the south. why havnt they developed the beach area. Will you patronise the local man with his restaurant ont he beach, or just as usual complain with the thought that your own will get rich on your head. sigh.

  8. hey!!!!!!!
    December 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I saw nobody from VF protest for not finishing St.Jude Hospital, I saw nobody protesting the la Paradie project even when it destroyed our coast ,I saw nobody protesnt when the Beasejour frams and milk producing plant in Vieux fort was destroyed under labor. I saw not body protest againg the whole of St.Lucia sea bed thats still not ours . I see no body protest against our kids and elderly being abused and lots more. The peoplse of vieux fort support the project of DSH. They know the word negoiate even if thats not what the former PM taught them but hand outs for votes.

  9. Anonymous
    December 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Madam Speaker, is this your role??????????????????

  10. Anonymous
    December 20, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Some people are crabs they will always bite the hand that feeds them. Some people do not know anything about projects but they will join the groups and protest against it. They have absolutely no idea of what is taking place but they are up front protesting. When things going bad they are the very same ones who crying out loud government doesn’t do they do nothing for the poor. As the saying goes to try to please everybody you please nobody. We will remain as we are and experience all wrong things like robbing killing shooting stabbing cutlasing name it. Even if we cry foul that’s what it is. Who to blame. No body but our selves.

  11. Anonymous
    December 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Some people are crabs they will always bite the hand that feeds them. Some people do not know anything about projects but they will join the groups and protest against it. They have absolutely no idea of what is taking place but they are up front protesting. When things going bad they are the very same ones who crying out loud government doesn’t do they do nothing for the poor. As the saying goes to try to please everybody you please nobody. We will remain as we are and experience all wrong things like robbing killing shooting stabbing cutlasing name it. Even if we cry foul that’s what it is. Who to blame. No body but our selves.

  12. afan
    December 20, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    but where the project documents so i can read what aspect /aspects of the deal which will bring doom and gloom to lucia? I heard that the mangrove is no longer part of the deal and won’t be touched, most of pointe sab protection area is privately owned with quarries, block plant, asphalt plants , hotels and so on operating within the zone, how will the plan develop destroy this?? from what i see at presently is most of the 700 acres being talked is actually unused/unproductive, basically empty paddocks with no one working or farming the area. the abbatoir has been sitting idle for a few years now, no one is making a red cent from this( other than the min of agri staff)….i know that there are some parcels which are being used by apiculturists but even when the land is leased to the DSH project this could well continue. the truth of the matter is this zone is in bad need of investment, there is a generation of lucians who are definitely poorer and have less hope than their parents and these bunch of political operatives coming and try to stop a potential source of economic activity from taking place. Ok lets not do the deal, what are the alternative plans that this group is forwarding to replace DSH???? these people will one day have to answer to the youth of this country as they continue to fight to keep us in poverty

  13. WOW
    December 20, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    LOL, SMH. What is being shown is a concept design. The final designs must be approved by DCA. It’s up to the citizens who are members of DCA to approve or not. Not the PM. PM signed an initial agreement of willing to work with the developer, not gvn the developer the right to go ahead and construct. SMBH. That is what all u protesting ppl form V fort. Y not protest about St. Judes? SMH.

  14. Anonymous
    December 21, 2016 at 10:31 am

    SO THESE ARE THE PUPPETS. WHO ARE THE PUPPET MASTERS BEHIND THESE PROTESTS, WHO PAID FOR THE SHIRTS AND BUS FARE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS

    ASK WHY THEY ARENT AT WORK, DO THEY EVEN WORK BECAUSE NO BOSS WOULD SEE THEM ON TV OUT FROM WORK AND LET THEM KEEP THEIR JOBS.
    NOW, IF THEY HAVE AN ISSUE THEY CAN WRITE THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES, OR GO THROUGH THEIR MP. BUT THEY PREFER TO TRY TO DISRUPT THE HOUSE MEETING.
    SIMILAR TO THE “PROTESTORS” WHO WANTED TO BOYCOT THE TEST MATCH BECAUSE OF SAMMY. HE MAKING HIS MONEY AND COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THEM.
    WE HAVE A STRANGE SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT THAT WE NEED TO GET RID OF

  15. Anonymous
    December 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

    LEAD PROTESTER, WHAT ELSE DO YOU PROPOSE IS DONE WITH THE LAND??WHAT IS THE LAND USED FOR RIGHT NOW?
    WHAT DEVELOPMENT IS DOWN THERE IN THE SOUTH? ARE YOU THINKING OF ONLY YOURSELF OR THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE???
    WHY DONT YOU CRY AND ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE YOU THE LANDS FOR A FEW YEAR TO FARM IT. BECAUSE ITS JUST UNUSED UNPRODUCTIVE LAND WHICH WILL BE GIVEN USE.
    YOU PPL NEVER SEE USE FOR THINGS, UNLESS AN UNFAVORABLE USE IS FOUND FOR IT…UNFAVORABLE IN YOUR EYES ALONE OF COURSE.

  16. Anonymous
    January 31, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    We elected this Donald Trump esq leader ourselves.

  17. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Just now so the land sitting there is unproductive fauna, flora go home you are not needed here.leave this land barren and bare.it seem we saint Lucian have no appreciation for what tourist come and see on our island.its no wonder,its unproductive..

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