Mayor appeals to patriotism after attack on visitor

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has called on his countrymen to be ‘authentically patriotic’ as Saint Lucia observes its 38th anniversary of independence.

The call comes against the backdrop of an attack yesterday on a Cruise Ship visitor who was pounced on by two thugs who robbed her of her gold chain before fleeing.

Francis said in a statement to the Times that the robbery, which occurred near the Castries Market, could have been stopped by anyone.

He asserted that it cannot be expected that the City Police Officers will be in every nook and cranny of Castries.

Francis observed that as a result, the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) requires partnership with members of the public in addressing crime.

“I can assure you that someone saw what was taking place. The corrective measure to this situation starts with us. It starts with a sense of pride in country- a sense of patriotism,” the Mayor stated.

He called on citizens to pledge to assist City Police Officers with their mandate.

According to Francis, this will require a change in the collective consciousness of the people.

“Get active and do something now. Be authentically patriotic,” the Mayor declared.

Francis stated:

“Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. Ask what you can do for yourself as well. It is both sad and ironic that in a time of steady and fervent patriotism we seem to care so little for our nation and the City of Castries”.

He spoke of the need to reflect deeply and with purpose, saying that the 38th Anniversary of Independence is about all Saint Lucians, notwithstanding party colours and differences in religious belief.

“It is about all of us demonstrating a sense of patriotic attachment to our national flag. Let me remind you that a demonstration of patriotic attachment to our national symbol is not limited to flying our national flag at our homes, on our vehicles or in our business places, it is indeed much more profound than that”, said Mayor Francis.

He noted that nationalism necessitates Saint Lucians joining hands and committing themselves to pursuing a singular national goal.

The Castries Mayor described this year’s Independence theme: “I am Saint Lucian” as ‘appropriate.’

“Our theme for this year’s celebrations could not have been more appropriate, strengthening our commitment to nation building,”Francis said.




  1. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Listen buddy. You talk too much. You say fancy things with scant results to show.

  2. MR COCO
    February 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Instead of rounding up and killing all the stray dogs he should have them trained as security dogs for tourists. Problem solved.

  3. Not Nice
    February 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    After they have city police,reserve police and regular police,they still robbing visitors in the city.

  4. Ali Clarke
    February 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Some of you talking nonsense. The Mayor is right!! We cannot allow visitors who come and visit our shores to be victims of crime it makes all of us look bad. After all we are dependant on the tourist to come and visit and spend there money. Seems like many of you like to criticize without any real solutions. Smh

    1. selah
      February 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Well said Ali Clarke….St Lucians are no longer the people they were when i grew up as a child we are all so selfish now!! I am certainly sure someone or people must have seen what happened to those two tourists!! Its a shame for our tourist industry..cause at the end of the day those same tourists are like us when we save and are able to take a vacations after years of saving..!!

    2. Oboy
      February 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      They should stop coming… and then we will have something done about their safety and the money that they spend on the island. Small fungi affects the whole damn mess and that’s what some people don’t understand.
      Who wants to tell people to go to an island where they are likely to be mugged a robbed?
      As a matter of fact I’ve not seen st.lucia on any TV holiday shows for a while..that’s why they are going all inclusive sonthat don’t have to mix with locals. Make your bads ..lie and cry in it too.

    3. Anon1
      February 21, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Very valid comment Ali Clarke. Some of us do suggest solutions however they tend to fall on deaf ears.

      My solution or part of the solution would be to replace Tourism as the main income and divert budgets into AGRICULTURE.

      Am not proposing we cut Tourism out over night or cut the amount of money being pumped into this Industry over night.

      But to gradually reduce the amount we spend on Tourism and reallocate to Agriculture.

      I can elaborate but not now.

  5. Oboy
    February 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    “I am Saint Lucian … that is not what the statements are saying…I questioned it to so called knowledgeable qualified people…they were somewhat concerned. It actually says… I am st.lucia. which isn’t grammatically correct…so I asked why and what was the thinking behind the saying…no one knew.
    My colleagues were worried because if the news story reported above…how can you be broadcasting we are St.Lucia …when you’ve got muggers running loose and passers by and locals are just watching and doing nothing about it? One is as bad as the other and that’s sad…I know the mentality of some people enough to say…that…if they are not going to benefit from it immediately and with monetary payment …they won’t say a word or do anything either. No KFC or top up for their cell fone. ….so I saw nothing. As a nation ..we are going nowhere and I lament for the up and coming young of the nation…they want all the nice things in life that they see on the TV but want it given to them rather then working for it. Shame.

  6. Jude
    February 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    The real solution is to ‘fix the justice system.’ Then someone can testify in court against any criminal and not put their life and that of their family at risk.

  7. concerned foreign citizen
    February 20, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    If we take the law in our hands sister Mary Francis will be on our case. Personally I would chase them with a vehicle and break their legs

  8. Sharon terrell
    February 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Ali Clarke….You know what,let St.lucians keep barking and talking,time must be on their side.When the call come they will know.Talk talk talk the mayor right we need to start policing our selfs and others,we are each other’s keeper.These criminals will be st.lucias demise.Its time to start pouncing on the criminals what they take this for.St.lucia sinking slowly whiles the people point fingers at each other,governments cannot do everything St.lucia,wake up stank up for you’ll survival.

  9. Anonymous
    February 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Can you lay 100% of the blame a the feet of those who do not direct the system?

    Saint Lucians do not feel the spirit of national pride because it has been stripped time after time by:
    1. the broken promises of successive governments;
    2. the inefficiency of police officers, only death, drugs and guns bring them to you
    3. the none existence of the justice institution, there is no justice in this land as
    justice delayed is justice denied; etc.

    If the mayor truly wants to clean up, I suggest implement the necessary programmes to eliminate the source of the problems.

    Because superficial attempts at treating an infested sore only allows the infection to spread which only results in loss of life or removal of the infected tissue, neither of which are the we would like for our country.

    I do believe this analogy is clear.