National Protest March in Castries on Wednesday 17 May 2017

National Protest March in Castries on Wednesday 17 May 2017

PRESS RELEASE:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party has sought and obtained Police permission to lead a peaceful national protest march in Castries on Wednesday 17th May 2017 from the Sab Playing Field (commonly called Vigie Playing Field) into the city center to be followed by a rally on the Castries Market Steps. The purpose is to facilitate the expression of public concern and anxiety over several issues associated with decisions and policies of the current government; and the intolerance being displayed towards people who are expressing genuine concern about those decisions and policies. Protestors will be assembling from 3.00 P.M.

The SLP believes that it should be a cause of grave disquiet to us all that persons and institutions who have expressed opposition to some of the Government’s decisions have become the target of attack and threats by members of government and known UWP surrogates, including the Prime Minister’s father. The SLP believes that this must not be allowed to continue unchallenged; and condemns the actions of the government in the strongest possible terms.

We have all witnessed the Government’s vindictive response directed towards members and employees of the National Trust in response to the Trust’s disapproval of plans to establish a Dolphinarium at the Pigeon Island National Landmark and the construction of a causeway to link the Maria Islets to the Vieux Fort mainland. Well-known St. Lucians who have over several years displayed their passion for protecting our natural environment and patrimony have been attacked by no less a person than the Prime Minister; and accused of being political operatives.

Members of the Vieux Fort Citizens Coalition have been singled out and verbally abused for expressing concern about imminent displacement of residents of the community, disruption of livelihoods and the wider implications of degradation of the sensitive and valuable eco-systems of the mangrove, coral reefs and Maria Islet in the agreement under which the Desert Star Holdings (DSH) project is proposed.

The local Catholic Church has been accused of being political by Hon Sarah Flood-Beabrun for expressing the concerns of the Church over possible negative social impact of the Desert Star Holdings (DSH) project and anxiety over the absence of adequate safeguards, for our country, in the agreement signed by Prime Minister Chastanet.

As the main Opposition Party in the country, we have a responsibility to lead a charge to cause government to change direction. The SLP is encouraged by the many voices raised in defense of our patrimony, and those raised against the impending disastrous consequences of the DSH agreement and the erosion of the democratic traditions of our country.

The Saint Labour Party is of the sincere belief that the DSH project as presently structured places St. Lucia at great risk and the negative fallout will have severe consequences for the people in the southern region and the country as a whole.

The SLP calls on all Saint Lucians including the many workers who have lost their jobs to heed the danger signals now and come together on Wednesday to demonstrate.

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm Reply

    What’s wrong with you guys?! Y’all just keep on putting emity between st.lucians for foolish political reasons. Why can’t you guys live in peace?

  2. Fair Play
    May 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply

    There goes SLP again. Unable to accept defeat in 2006 and again in 2016. So theirs is like a spoiled child to run riot and create confusion, spew hatred and create divisions. By any and every means necessary.

    The closer DSH comes to fruition the more desperate SLP becomes to save their stronghold in vieux fort. they know only too well what the succes of DSH will do to them in vieux fort.

  3. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply

    With yall 100%

  4. kimberly
    May 16, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply

    Cheups…useless traffic that nonsense going to cause..

  5. Anonymous
    May 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm Reply

    SLP you guys don’t care for Vieux Fort at all, Vfortian are Kenny chickens, all he do is to throw rice on the ground for them to eat, it’s so sad to see the young people of Vieux Fort, girls are on the street, and the boys school books are a roosters, I am talking about kids being 12 years old, there are no work in the place for them, now UWP is trying the best to remove that curse, and you guys are talking about a lizard that people don’t even care about, do lizards bring us work? I do pray that the UWP accomplish their goals, May the good Lord guide them on this journey. Amen.

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