Francis voices terrorism concerns

Francis voices terrorism concerns

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has voiced concerns about terrorism  and the possible effect on tourism in an address to members of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.

Addressing private sector representatives on Wednesday, Francis disclosed that he has discussed the issue of terrorism with the Director of the Regional Security System (RSS) and the threat it poses to the Caribbean.

“We do not have the exact number of ISIS fighters returning to their countries but we know that between 150 to 400 of these individuals, especially from Trinidad and Tobago, have returned,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner who is currently Chairman of the RSS said.

He asserted that the situation was very problematic for the Caribbean.

“Imagine, most of the Islands are depending on tourism and we have an incident with one of our tourist ships – maybe in Aruba, Martinique, Saint Vincent – you could imagine the sort of catastrophic reaction that is going to happen to our main export,” the minister stated.

Francis said that Saint Lucia will be addressing the issue by going to the primary schools to ensure that young children are not radicalised.

According to Francis, all the evidence indicates  that children are radicalised from a very early age.

“That is one of the techniques that the ISIS movement uses,” he observed.

“We are going to make sure, with the help of our minister of education, to put in place programmes so that  those young children – vulnerable children, can be taught how to deal with radicalisation,” Francis told members of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    Keep up the good work minister, I’m a st lucian ex patriot,and protect our tourist attractions and industry is vital to our progress.
    Mr micheal lewis.

    Yours sincerely

  2. Sharon
    April 14, 2017 at 11:09 am Reply

    Okay Minister Hermangild Francis.But also how about the government of St.lucia investing into a Data base tracking system,to find out where these terrorist are all the time.And if they’re back on island in Trinidad what steps and measures have they’re put in place.Because we have to make sure they dont enter our shores and island.And we should demand a list of the names of the suspected terrorist them.A National data base thats what we should be focusing on.We cannot depend on other countries to protect us,we have to put our own measures in place.Start with a National or international data base system.Thank you.

  3. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm Reply

    Good Work good what good work? In this current environment it is no longer longer just about ISIS Mr Minister. This threat have been with for many years now and what you talking about now should have occupied the minds of our leaders long ago. I think you should be very concerned about those who will be attracted to the country because of the gambling component of DSH. More specifically how do you plan to equipped our security to match the sophistication of the international fraudster?

  4. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Is the Royal St. Lucia Police Force is not equipped to deal with the terrorism threat then it is a Police FARCE and not a Force.

    1. Calvin
      April 14, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

      One supposes that the RSLPF could simply issue them a ticket.

      Oh, wait, they’ve run out of tickets, or as the spokesperson says, they have an “issue” related to tickets.

  5. Calvin
    April 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply

    There seems to be a communications disconnect between the Minister (who formerly oversaw the RSLPF) and the existing Acting Commissioner of the RSLPF. The latter, usually invisible in his media presence, was quoted this week as earlier saying that the RSLPF was in urgent need of procuring radar guns.

    Radar guns. A populist might be tempted to say, “Mr. Assistant Commissioner, wake up and please give your head a shake and look at the big picture.”

    From a common sense standpoint, there is little doubt about our nation’s risk exposure given, to date, the seemingly unfettered flow of both Muslim persons and monies into/through SLU, originating from both the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently, this was alluded to several media articles such as:
    http://www.caribbean360.com/news/antigua-denies-claim-that-passports-being-sold-to-syrian-refugees
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-citizenship-passport-international-industry/

    With respect to security risks from extremists, it is very interesting to note the following:
    — The surprising stat on T&T’s contribution —
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4027848/Jihadis-Caribbean-Country-highest-rate-ISIS-recruits-western-hemisphere-TRINIDAD.html
    — Muslim representatives trying to low-ball the security risk and attempting to deflect the attention from their record as rabid extremists and instead cowardly trying to re-focus the attention away from their horrific intentions — https://stluciatimes.com/2017/02/07/scholar-tells-caribbean-to-focus-on-crime-not-isis

    One does hope that the new infrastructure being constructed for the mega-cruise-ships will have the appropriate security and a very rigourous vetting of anyone working in the area.

    Part of this will involve that our authorities establish those means necessary for linkages with other counter-terrorism jurisdictions for information management — that is, enabling the discovery, accessiblity, sharability, and exchangability of intel.

  6. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

    Radicalise?! Puhlease. All our children want to do is split in de middle.

  7. Anonymous
    April 15, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

    Unfortunatelly here no need terrorists ti explode dynamits.
    Ever since we do not here about investigating or who was responsible.

  8. nudge
    April 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply

    It’s monkey see, monkey do!

    Given that no government of St. Lucia is willing or capable of implementing policies for the uplifting of citizens, they have now taken a page out of the US government strategy by distracting citizens with fear of a boogey-man; while they laugh all the way to the bank!

  9. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 at 9:42 am Reply

    There are already here; brain washing St Lucian, never see so much StLucians now turning Muslims ; all of a sudden; money talks ; because they are here already (Words deleted)

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