Mary Francis dismisses planned Opposition protests as a distraction

Outspoken Human Rights Attorney Mary Francis has blasted the St Lucia Labour Party over its planned street protests against the government’s policies.

She says it’s distracting from more serious issues that need to be addressed in the country.

Her comments come ahead of a planned SLP demonstration in Castries on Wednesday. The Party says the march is meant to express public concern over the decisions and policies of the current administration.

Ms. Francis believes that the calls for mass public demonstrations are an attempt by the Opposition to derail the government of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

“I’m not saying they haven’t got a right to protest and to voice their concerns, but the Prime Minister has already indicated he’s willing to listen to the concerns. So to me, that is just political opportunism trying to derail St Lucia from important issues, human rights issues, the whole question of unemployment, the whole question of the broken justice system; people denied justice and so forth. The health system, the education system has collapsed. There are so many important areas which they have to reflect on and rebuild in order to ensure that people enjoy their human rights to the fullest,” Francis said.

Ms. Francis said she was disappointed in the St Lucia Labour Party. She criticised opposition members as men in black suits at press conferences who are stuck in time and losing relevance.

She added that the Labour Party failed to come out in large numbers to talk about the people who lost their lives during Operation Restore Confidence.

“They were in opposition and they never condemned the loss of lives by the police. They never did anything when they were there until 2016 and now you have an administration who are actually building up the DPP’s office to do something about that then you have the distraction for the government to deal with presently. I think that is not right at all,” Francis said.

Ms. Francis said now is the time for the nation to join hands together to deal with issues such as IMPACS and to restore the integrity of the police force.

She said the concerns over the DSH project could have been addressed differently and not be used for political gain.

The St Lucia Labour Party said Wednesday’s march will begin from the Sab Playing Field (commonly called Vigie Playing Field) into the city centre to be followed by a rally on the Castries Market Steps.

56 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    “Ms. Francis said she was disappointed in the St Lucia Labour Party. She criticized opposition members as men in black suits at press conferences who are stuck in time and losing relevance”…..I would agree! Mary has bigger balls than most St.Lucian men!

    1. Vibz
      May 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

      It would be a great thing to witness government and opposition at a round table seriously discussing practical solutions to the myriad of problems the country is presently facing. The government should be inclusive and be receptive to accomplishable ideas from the opposition. The opposition in return should stop constantly opposing and berating the government for cheap political mileage. SLP, you had a chance to put St. Lucia on a path to prosperity and you messed up badly. That’s the reason you are in opposition. Despite doubts, give the present government a chance to govern for their full term. If they mess up like you did, they would meet the same fate as you. Stop the futile noise and be a constructive opposition for the good of the country. Propose ideas that are better than your ‘rivals’. Let the people decide in the next elections.

    2. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      it wold b better for her to wear the to her back side.

  2. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Mary can talk now?
    When they killed the 76 yr old in marisule she said nothing. Now she want to beat her @$$

  3. Fed up with Mary Isaac
    May 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Why doesn’t this woman wake up? Every thing is about the justice system for her. She needs to take a seat and shut up so that people who care about the country as a whole can do what they need to. Human rights come in more than one form. So Allen appoints a DPP and that makes him perfect? Oh…and in case she didn’t notice….majority of persons in the country had no issues with ORC getting those damn criminals out of our lives for good

    1. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Guess you ment Mary Francis..

  4. james
    May 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

    for once i agree with this lady

  5. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I used to have respect for this woman but No More! She is a UWP hack. Isn’t the protest to deal with the serious issues facing the country.? Should they focus only on Impacs. UWP is responsible for ORC. Take them up on that. They are in office now. Give them the same pressure you gave Labour. Hack!

    1. Armchair Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Just because she spoke against the demonstration, doesn’t mean she’s a UWP “hack” … Mary has always been for country, and not for party. Speak of what you know, and not what you think.

    2. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      The entire population should mobilize to drive chastanet and the elite from power

      1. Spongebob
        May 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm

        So it’s not about the people, now it’s about “power.” Lest not forget, majority rules! Let us see that “power” come Wednesday!! #ForProgress & #ForCountry #MakingSLUThePlaceToDoBusiness20172020 & beyond

  6. Armchair Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Kudos to you Mary Francis. St Lucia was left in dire straits after their administration of the country’s affairs – now they are in opposition, the SLP fails to realise that our tattered state of affairs was their doing!! The current administration is now doing their best to clean it up, which will take quite a few years. I am in total agreement with Ms Francis’ sentiments.

  7. 5Lan
    May 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Many, Allen Chastanet will not give a dime. You barking like a Chien for him can’t work.

  8. 5Lan
    May 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Mary, Allen Chastanet will not give a dime. You barking like a Chien for him can’t work

  9. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Mary is because of you and the LABOUR party that our police force is in limbo

  10. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Is Michael CHASTANET dat running we country and not Allan
    We police officers are disappointed in u Allan .
    You never kept to your words.
    It was under the UWP .
    We got the death list.now MARY MARY MARY…….

    SHE WANT US ALL JAILED.

    1. Karen
      May 16, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Crap. The only police you might be is one of the two that was tapping peoples phones for Kenny.

  11. K.Francis
    May 16, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Mary Francis jus know yr rightful place .
    Okay aunty we have had enough of you.
    That’s your niece
    You know already.

  12. K.Francis
    May 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Aunty we know what you know.
    Please give up

  13. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Mary u ought to be ashame as a woman.didn’t hear u when my cousin and her boyfriend were brutally murdered at la clergy,when the Lady was raped and murdered at marisule and so many others.ubaldus stark naked masturbating in the government office did u take moo moo tablets.pls just keep quiet and get a life.

  14. Serious
    May 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

    This is the most intelligent comment from Mary Francis in a while. The labor party’s attempt to cause a distraction is evident. The distraction is meant to fool us. If they were successful they would have also fooled the nation. Less attention on present progress. Good sense will not exist and people will never understand whose faults. Saint Lucians with good sense will always denounce this distraction

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      I guess the Orange March was a distraction too huh?

  15. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Mary why can’t u ask someone to give u a good sex instead of beating ur tiny thinny boney yacky body. I will not but ask someone who I think will think twice to give u a favor. Please. U hack.

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Oh WOW.
      This idiot actually thought that he/she/it was writing something that can be considered funny.
      Look at how the lady has expressed her opinion and check your contribution?
      Why must we always try to show the rest of the world how uneducated we are.

      Please go and read some books. Your vocabulary is in dire need of improvement.

  16. Anon
    May 16, 2017 at 10:19 am

    A respectful and principled woman telling it like it is.
    She has always been neutral so the fact she has spoken up against the useless ‘men in black suits who bankrupted the country says a lot.
    Well said Mary Francis! Much respect!

  17. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Go speak about Ubaldus and the young ladies. Hypocrite

  18. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

    The hypocrisy of Mary Franlies . You’re contradicting yourself Mary and only speak when its convenient to you and your agenda . DHS is of national importance and it is the right of the SLP citizens of St.lucia to protest when they see fit, you may not agree but its our right.

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Well said.

  19. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Lool I’m Just Here For The Comments

  20. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Here is the true hypocrisy of ST. Lucians, see how they are demonizing the woman for exercising her rights by making a statement.

    If I was stating the truth about some bad the church had done. I would be accused of attacking the church. So insults are only for one set of ppl, and I’m sure those who are hurling these insults are the so called holier than thou church defenders.

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      that statement makes no sense

  21. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Ms. Francis, I totally agree with you. It’s like IMPACS took a back seat while these police officers walk free on the streets doing God knows what. The government of the day, let’s not prolong this and bring these guilty police officers to face the very same justice they swore to uphold.

  22. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Well said.

  23. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Lol. This lady is incredible. She’s so partisan it’s sickening. Seeking to protect a government that sanctioned an operation that killed people you are fighting for. Then demonize those who took steps to find the truth. Then come again to sympathize with those who can but choose to do nothing about it. What a confused woman.

  24. MCI
    May 16, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Mary Francis you are nuts !! The DSH project that you support is garbage. Consider these questions : 1) Why would any smart person sign an agreement with DSH and give away prime land to a developer (Teo Ah Khing) who brings nothing to the table ? 2) If the town of Vieux-Fort has to expand, what land will made available to the people for that purpose? 3) What about the residents of Bruceville, where are these people supposed to go? 4) If Sandy Beach and Pointe Sable is part of that deal what other beach will the residents use for recreational purposes? 5) Why would Chastanet want the stadium demolished? Isn’t sports important to the youth and all St. Lucians? 6) Why would the developer want to build a causeway in that location, if it is such a great idea, why can’t he build a causeway to link Taiwan & China?
    7) Why would Chastanet think gambling is that important in the South? This will destroy the moral fabric of the South.8) If this agreement ever goes through, what else will Chastanet sell? Hewanorra Airport, the Pitons, the Pier in Vieux-Fort, the people?
    You cannot keep selling this beautiful country to foreign investors. Tourism is important but the government must build a solid economy based on agriculture, manufacturing, farming, fishing, etc. Most Vieux-Fortians do not want this Project; it’s time to drive the so called master developer to the airport.

  25. M C I
    May 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Mary Francis has no clue but supports Chastanet; makes you wonder what else she will do. The DSH deal is a bad deal and should be renegotiated. Sandy Beach, the Stadium and Pointe Sable should not be part of that deal. Is anything sacred in
    St. Lucia? What else will Chastanet try to sell? The Pitons, Hewanorra Airport, the Vieux-Fort Pier? The Chinaman is broke and wants to sell our passports to finance this project. Our government needs to develop an economy based on manufacturing, farming, fishing etc. The CIP program needs to be restored to what it was before Chastanet. There is too much of a focus on Tourism. We do not have to act like idiots and follow underdeveloped islands like St. Kitts/Nevis, Antigua and Dominica. St. Lucia is already light years ahead of them. Let Teo Ah Khing go talk to the government of Martinique; maybe they can use the development there.

    1. Poor People Fed Up!
      May 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      You have a good point my brother, I just read that little St. Kitts is about to do away with the CIP program altogether, Jamaica refuse to implement it. Like I have said before and others as well, we give too much attention to Tourism but should include, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and other diverse areas to increase GDP. The hotels are still importing produce from abroad, things that are being grown locally, it may be because of the packaging no one knows why.

  26. Jacques Boucle
    May 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    This is another act of shameless duplicity although I would defend Ms. Francis’s right to express herself. You cannot use measured words to hide and conceal the hypocrisy, mendacity, and criminality of the UWP. If the PM didn’t break the law in negotiating the DSH deal then the law is broken. The PM has been a disastrous leader: divisive, incompetent, heavy-handed and deaf to the wide segments of the society who do not share his vision.

  27. Teacher
    May 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    You couldn’t have said it better, ms Francis. This does not label you as any party hack. This makes soooo much sense. Any critical thinking person would support your view point.

  28. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Ms Francis

    When did the pm indicate that he will listen to concerns? You are the one stuck in time. Seems you living on earth-2. Ppl like you want to keep the population ignorant to issues.

    Thank you.

  29. Mary Mary
    May 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Mary stop beating your irrelevant [email protected]@

  30. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    think allen will b the shortest servin PM soon.people power.

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      U must be dreaming

    2. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      You so wish! …haha

  31. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    whos her husband?

    1. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      who’s your wife?…..idiot

  32. Imbert M
    May 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Teo Ah Khing and DSH must not be allowed to destroy our country. The people of Vieux-Fort deserve more respect. The land, the beaches must be remain accessible to our people and not sold to any idiot that shows up with a stupid plan.Teo, they can use a causeway in Taiwan to connect it to the mainland(China) It’s time you leave our country. Feel free to take Allan Chastanet with you.

  33. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Mary should shut up. She should concern herself with matters of law like the ORC and the IMPACs case.

  34. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Miss Mary Francis is an outstanding, intelligent ,St. Lucian woman! I think St. Lucia would be much more advanced if we had a few more Marys like her. Her comments are right on target! It is quite disheartening to read some of the distasteful comments by some foolish individuals. What is wrong with you people?

    1. Anonymous
      May 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      If we knew maybe we could find a cure for them but alas we don’t. So backward we shall go.

  35. Deep vein
    May 16, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Mary is one of the UWP supporters sing for your dinner Allen might give u a big position, so many brutal slaying of women like your f…ing u never cam out to uuter not a letter but now u can beat your mouth on Ďsh freaking ÙWP hacker.we will all suffer when sweet helen goes down

  36. Anonymous
    May 17, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Mary Francis if you have a problem with the opposition for having a march so what say you about the government having the same thing in v/f miss hypocrite please no your role.

  37. Pastor Aristide
    May 18, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Ms.Francis thanks for your realness, may God continued to bless you, watch over you, and keep on looking for Justice, Be encourage and remember Jesus Christ is lord

  38. straight shooter
    June 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    == MARY FRANCIS IS A WISE WOMAN AND I SAY TO SOME OF YOU, NOTHING WILL WORK IN ST LUCIA WITHOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. UNLESS THE IMPACS IS ADDRESS WE WILL REMAIN A FAILED JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND THE RULE OF LAW WILL NEVER ACHIEVE IT’S GOALS.

  39. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Miss Francis well said but we st Lucian’s have to check our selves cause the labour party was I’m office done nothing but filling the pockets now that the shoe is on the other side they have a problem

  40. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    No more garder in St Lucia to fly Chasnnet away what happen to the garders they dead

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