OPM official defends right to protest

Senior Communications Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Nicole Mc Donald, has defended the right of citizens to protest.

“We understand that Saint Lucians have every right to protest,” Mc Donald said, adding that the Allen Chastanet administration welcomes opportunities to engage persons in discussion on various projects.

The OPM official spoke amid a controversy over criticism of Vieux Fort Parish Priest, Kevin Murray, by businessman Michael Chastanet, who is the father of Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.

Murray has been among those protesting against the controversial DSH project.

The government has distanced itself from the comments of the older Chastanet, saying that the remarks were not indicative of the administration’s position or philosophy.

“The government has at all times maintained that ours is a free and democratic society and all are entitled to free speech in accordance with our laws,” Mc Donald said.

She explained that the government had received some ‘questions’ regarding Michael Chastanet’s comments which were made during his weekly television show aired on DBS Television.

Mc Donald said the government wanted to clarify that statements made in an individual’s  personal capacity are not reflective of the position of the ruling administration.






  1. Anon
    May 10, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Lady you just got fired. Whether or not you got the go ahead from your boss to make these statements, his boss just informed him to fire you. It’s just a matter of time.

    1. Anonymous
      May 10, 2017 at 9:45 am

      You wish! Allen is not that stupid!

  2. Anonymous
    May 10, 2017 at 9:42 am

    No sane politician would wont to be associated with that ridiculous statement by Michael Chastanet! Even Allan knows that. She had to do what she had to do.

  3. Concerned person
    May 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Abeh me le so mc Donald going

  4. Anonymous
    May 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Nicole some things you should remain quiet on.

  5. Anonymous
    May 10, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I think you nicole should keep quiet.wonder who proof read’s your speeches because like your former boss am sure he has an input.

  6. Anonymous
    May 10, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Nicole sing for your bread tan,wonder who made reccomendations for you to have gotten that post.it might just be too big for you but you know best.

  7. Anonymous
    May 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Nicole my child knowledge comes with experience

  8. Quincy Anderson
    May 10, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Nicole I agree with u just articulating the prime minister position on this .

  9. Steohaniequeen39@gmail.com
    May 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Wow, Tulsie should have been an American

  10. Anonymous
    May 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    So the father so the son