Demonstrations in Castries & Vieux Fort for and against the government

Demonstrations in Castries & Vieux Fort for and against the government

Demonstrators took to the streets of Castries and Vieux Fort Wednesday in competing marches for and against the United Workers Party government.

In Castries, the opposition St Lucia Labour Party called its supporters onto the streets, it said, to express public concern over the decisions and policies of the current administration.

The placard-bearing demonstrators marched from the Vigie Playing Field, down the John Compton Highway and through the city centre before gathering for a rally on the Castries market steps. There, they were addressed by members of the St Lucia Labour Party.

“I think this is a national event. I think people have grievances that they want to express to the government. The government has been very intransigent in the way that it has responded. It has instead accused every Tom, Dick and Harry who have raised a voice in opposition to a decision or to something that they are pursuing, they label them as Labour Party supporters…It’s a national matter and I think people are responding very well,” said Leo Clarke, SLP General Secretary.

The demonstration in Vieux Fort was organized by a group calling itself the Vieux Fort Coalition of Stakeholders for Development. It said it wanted to show support for development in the south of St Lucia.

The demonstrators, holding their own placards in support of the government, marched from the Phillip Marcellin Grounds and through the streets of Vieux Fort before ending for a rally at the Vieux Fort town square.

Demonstrator, Ian Ferdinand said he came out to secure a better future for his children.

“I am here today in support of development in Vieux Fort. For too long we have suffered in the south. In 97, Kenny Anthony asked Vieux Fort people to give Vieux Fort a Prime Minister, but what he did not say was give Vieux Fort a working Prime Minister. We have had nothing from Kenny Anthony. Now we are in progress with United Workers Party. I have two boys and this is why I’m here for my boys,” Ferdinand said.

In Vieux Fort, the demonstrators were given “fact sheets” with information on the controversial DSH development plans before they were addressed by members of the government including Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

 

 

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39 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm Reply

    The VFort support was organised for the south only. Great turnout. Better than the VFCCCC national march on April 30th. Nobody stopping us.

  2. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 1:47 am Reply

    Omg

  3. Concerned 25 year old
    May 18, 2017 at 3:31 am Reply

    That’s the perfect way to divide the country. Instead of listening to the people you have a march the same day with the opposition, and you feel good about yourself because you had a good turn out. You would think like this is a competition to see who can draw the most supporters. This is the same arrogance we see with all the decisions being made in the country right now, aggressive and confrontational. This government is so disheartening I think I lose all hope in our politicians. You could have brainwashed other people with your fact sheets but you can’t brainwash me. Only now you see it fit to have a March UWP WHEN THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING AND ASKING? AND WHY HAVE A MARCH? WHAT ARE YOU MARCHING FOR, TO STICK IT IN KENNY”S FACE? This government needs to chill the *** out!!

    1. Disrespect
      May 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply

      Exactly. No attempt is being made to discuss or address the concerns of the DSH deal. Instead the PM, decked in yellow on his VF platform, is unashamed to say that we know nothing about the deal. The PM is not interested in listening to Saint Lucians. Gross disrespect.

      1. Disrespect
        May 18, 2017 at 1:38 pm Reply

        I take that back. he was not decked in yellow… only had a yellow backdrop, and addressed a crowd of yellow.

  4. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 3:35 am Reply

    Be careful what you say you doing for you children or in their name- for your future or theirs. This project looks good on paper but people may end up being enslaved for it or a great deal of landscape change inviting environmental disaster flooding or Tsunamis into the area. Change the course of water – it just follows. The Chinese will go home – NGO’s will save the dolphins – but y’all staying put – stick in dat. Please do research of environmental disasters – they reap havoc.

  5. Vibz
    May 18, 2017 at 4:53 am Reply

    This clearly demonstrates what today’s politics is all about. Two rival gangs, decked out in their gang colors, competing for supremacy. This is the perfect example of the Divide and Rule strategy at work. Just another day in this awful, suffocating, debilitating and toxic system. The poor people are being used as pawns. While the politicians jump in their expensive vehicles and go back to their luxurious houses, the poor demonstrators retreat to their empty cupboards and their hopeless, miserable lives. When will we learn?

    1. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 6:20 am Reply

      You are so correct. Cartel yellow vs cartel red. And the morons who get nothing out of it.

    2. Anon1
      May 18, 2017 at 7:52 am Reply

      “Vibz” you hit the nail on the head. Why can’t the people see through all the BS.

      They can’t see the blatant disrespect being carried out onto them.

      This is SUPPOSEDLY going to be the biggest investment in St Lucia yet the contract remains confidential!

  6. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 6:30 am Reply

    SIGH

  7. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply

    “Competing matches”?

    1. Anonymous II
      May 18, 2017 at 7:10 am Reply

      I know right lol? And it’s not the first time either. Editor? Spell check? I mean come on …

  8. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 7:15 am Reply

    I am sorry to see that St Lucia Times decided this angle of writing this story! Even the photos that were portrayed is like red vs yellow. I was at the march in Castries and as someone who is not a supporter of either party it was really great to see persons from all political devides join together for concerns of all the myriad of issues that the current government needs to address. The placards touched on them all. This is the time for the government to listen to the people and try to distract from the concerns of the citizenry by organizing a march and aUWP meeting on the same day as a protest March that the opposition had announced since April 30, 2017. Of the march was of a group by the way that popped up suddenly that was not affiliated with the government wore all yellow shirts. St Lucia Times chose to take a photo with a group of people who had on the red tshirts but what I saw were most people had all colour clothes on very few red shirts. This is no competition as far as the people who marched in Castries yesterday, it was a march by the people expressing disgust on DSH Agreement in its present form, the tax on fuel, the NICE workers dismissals, the closure of RSl, Marketing Board, Fisheries, Printery, Post Office, the taking out of the Distress Fund, The killing of the Jazz Festival, no more laptops for our children, thstopping of the administrative building in VF, stopping of the town Square in Soufriere, and the list goes on and on. Why is it as a Government they have not gone down to VF to have consultation with the persons in a form of a town hall meeting but instead hold a a public meeting with for supporters of the party like we are in campaign mode with all kind of maypwi.

    1. Michael
      May 18, 2017 at 7:25 am Reply

      Fair enough until I read about the Administrative Building. There is a lot behind that that would make you change your mind quickly. That was headed for an automatic cost overrun and was specifically designed to line certain pockets. It would have been very wrong to use pension money for this.

      1. Anonymous
        May 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm Reply

        But it would be OK to use tax dollars on it?

    2. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 10:00 am Reply

      Hey you are a big time Labour go fool yr self

  9. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 7:40 am Reply

    I wonder which party isn’t in a campaign mood anonymous waypon sar its all politics we need to make better demands from both parties and prospective politicians

  10. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply

    we saint lucian needs to wake up and realize the rich will always be rich and the poor will always be a man poor and when a rich man come and close down your livelyhood and u turn around and say u proud to be what fool for the rich man or to see your family suffer

  11. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply

    let the campaign begin.

  12. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply

    We will go back to the polls and uwp will still be elected so I Dont see why all the commotion I kno sum need back their hand outs but

    1. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm Reply

      Yes, let us go back to the polls.

  13. god put a hand
    May 18, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply

    the government was suppose to inform the citizenry on the dsh issue and other important matters of concern but what i saw was a political rally /campaign. You all are representing the country it not suppose to be flambeau ppl suppose to be st. lucia/st. lucians. Smh this campaign never end on both side. u suppose to address the concern of st. lucian but u going ahead with things without consultation. Labour had done incorrect things in the past does that give u a right to do whats wrong because that always the justification given. i thought we needed change and doin things correctly. ppl need to open their eye campaign done since june 6. we need employment but are the clauses in our favor that what i need to hear.

  14. Society
    May 18, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply

    When will we demonstrate. Against the high cost of leaving..the slow paste of justice..the health service. .the high cost of education..the under age girls that are making children..let’s demonstrate about our transport system..the hotels that are none unionize..

  15. ANONONYMOUS, 18TH MAY.2017
    May 18, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

    I COULD UNDERSTAND LABOUR’S DEFENSIVE APPROACH TO THE WHOLE QUESTION OF INVESTMENT ESPECIALLY THE DSH AGREEMENT. IF THIS SUCCEEDS THEY WILL BE IN POLITICAL WILDERNESS FOR A LONG TIME. I COULD HAZARD A GUESS THA THERE IS SOMETHING THEY ARE AFRAID OF SIINCE THE GOVET PASSED THE RECENT LAW ON CORRUPTION. WE WILL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS SOON, IMPACS, COST OVER RUNS, COST RUNS OVER ETC. THIER NEMESIS GUY JOSEPH THEY ARE VERY WORRIED ABOUT HIS REVELATIONS ON CERTAIN MALPHESANCE HAVE THEM WORRIED. ASK THE LAME DUCH ENGIINEER ABOUT THE BOIS D’ORANGE BRIDGE THA IS CRACKING UP WHAT WAS THE REAL COST. LET US HAVE THE INVOICE IB WGAT THE ARCHITECTS WERE PAID FOR THE ADMIN. BUILDING IN VIEUX FORT.

    1. Anonymous
      May 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm Reply

      There is allot more that the SLP is scared about. Much more than you mention. Give it time it will all come out!

  16. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

    Chastanet is so damn pity, big bear stupid boy

  17. Fair play
    May 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply

    You marching concerning something in vieux fort and you marching in castries. I wonder why?
    Were they afraid to confront the real people whom the issue relates to? Or were they more interested in looking for numbers and so they ran to castries?

  18. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Great job Mr PM expose Kenney and company

  19. Amie dodo
    May 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm Reply

    O please I bet all of you has a job or is looking for better jobs vf need the development so go vf go so I can stop renting in Castries

  20. Vern
    May 18, 2017 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Chastenet we don’t want you…..goooooooooo back to Martinique and take Dominic the Guyanese bolom with you

    1. Anonymous
      May 19, 2017 at 11:11 am Reply

      LOL,

  21. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm Reply

    Leo Clark sees an opportunity to advance his cause. The cause of getting his fangs back into the veins of the country and continue to suck. A political vampire if there ever was one.

  22. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 9:50 pm Reply

    My fellow St.lucians the God of the Bible is not the author of confusion, so let us stop this madness and seek the face of God before it is too late, PLEASE. 2chronicles 7:14

  23. Bashment
    May 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Comment:If politician say they are for St.Lucian,why not put heads together and work for the country.

  24. Anonymous
    May 19, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply

    Byass St Lucians…..racist people leave the Guyanese out of it…..u forgetting fastnin the 50ttt and the 60tttt ST LUCIANS WAS GOING GUYANA AND THEY MAKE CHILDREN…… SO STOP BEING BYASS… LEAVE DOMIC FADE ALONE……AND LOOK AT YOUR OWN HOME…..TIME FOR THAT ….TO STOP (Expression deleted)

  25. Poor People Fed Up!
    May 19, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

    Fellow St. Lucians,
    What is going on in fair Helen, this is what happens when we put our trust in men and not in God the Father. Men will fail you, politics will fail you but the Lord stated that “He will neither leave you nor forsake you”. I am calling for a national day of prayer for St. Lucia, for everyone to fast and get on your knees and cry and seek the Lords face before its too late. Take heed!

  26. Anonymous
    May 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Concerned 25 ye old. You are certainly brainwashed if is Kenny you want to be the so called truth speaker.
    With all the bad deals he came up with in the past and kept them quiet I certainly don’t want to listen to his false facts.

  27. Anonymous
    May 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Vern we don’t want Kenny boog gwen Anthony either.

  28. Anonymous
    May 21, 2017 at 4:56 pm Reply

    Can’t imagine that those who are crying for jobs – jobs -we want Jobs are the ones who oppose Jobs. Why create Jobs for them? Let them eat the snakes and lizards that they are trying to protect.

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