SLP Leader threatens continued street protests against the government

SLP Leader threatens continued street protests against the government

The Political leader of the Opposition, St Lucia Labour Party has vowed continued street demonstrations in response to the policies of the Allen Chastanet administration.

Phillip J Pierre was speaking at a rally on the Castries market steps Wednesday following a mass public protest in the city.

He declared that the country was in trouble and it must be saved.

“Tonight is the first step,” Pierre told the crowd. “We are saying to the government, if you do not listen we are going to march again. If you do not listen we are going to march again. And if you do not listen we are going to march again and again and again.”

Pierre said the scores of people who came out onto the streets had sent a message to the government that they will not be allowed “to do what they want in this country.”

He said the people will decide and let the Labour Party know when next they want to take to the streets, adding that the people will lead and the party will follow.

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34 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

    i believe the country was in trouble long b4 u,w p came in power..under s.l.p…now they confusing the people of st lucia ..instead they come to gether as a nation the trying to divide it..only you GOD can change your world no political party can make a country better they are for them self..its time for both parties to stop blaming each other and try to work for the better of st lucia

  2. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

    One of our biggest problems, leaders and wont to be leaders with no imagination. Professional politician. It all a business for them. Remember what good for the politician is seldom in the best interest of the people!

  3. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 10:19 am Reply

    What we need is a revoulution to drive away the Chastanet administration and the du boulay family out of the landscape of st Lucia

    1. mags
      May 18, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply

      Yes cutting grass forever under Kenny! SLP was a miserable failure. The $170 million wasted by them (or perhaps diverted) at St. Judes is an indication of their absolute ineptness. Kenny would have implemented DSH without any consultation and his yard fowls would have supported him fully. Evidence GRYNBERG and 93 MILLION acres of St.Lucia’s sovereign seabed.

  4. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply

    Get it right saint Lucia was saved from the SLP useless government,stop misleading ppl and fix that useless party

  5. foreign base
    May 18, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply

    Power is sweet,that is u guys problem.The people just kick youll out,its less than a year,but now youll cando better than the government.Youll were their,the country were going backward insteadof foward hence yhe reason Kenny was kick out.Give Chastanet a chance to develop the south,thats what Kenny did not do.U was PM for 15 yrs,what did u do for the south and to to make it worse u from Choiseul represting vieux fort.Chastanet is trying to do what u Kenny did not do

    1. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply

      Going by that argument Chasnet should not be representing Micould South. Also Kenny was Prime Minster for 10 years and then for 5 years after a five year break. Saying 15 years give the impression that it was continuous. The issue is that a lot of the work and policies would have been undone after 5 years.

      1. Anonymous
        May 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm Reply

        Excuses, Excuses ….You are obviously an intelligent man so stop wasting your time defending the undefinable!

  6. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply

    When is the next march my entire commuinty is ready, Labour all the way.We love our sweet St Luica

    1. Anonymous
      May 19, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

      Don’t say you love sweet Saint Lucia, Say You LOVE Labour

      1. Anonymous
        May 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply

        lol……exactly!

    2. Anonymous
      May 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm Reply

      We are waiting for you all in VFort. Keep the children away.

  7. Gareth
    May 18, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply

    …….and how many T-Shirts with EC$’s inside them did the SLP hand out this time, in order to persuade Lucians to support them?
    They must have had some left over from the last Election.

    1. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply

      They loaned them from Chastanet as he has all the money from Duboulay and Butch Stewart.

  8. St. Lucia citizen
    May 18, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply

    We are not surprised by this,SLP is a party known for great violence. They will stir up violence if the country is peaceful. Don’t forget the former PM’s documented words recently: St. Lucia will know no peace.
    Well, here is a msg for the violent SLP: St. Lucia is God’s country.

  9. Vibz
    May 18, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply

    Politics has become a game. When you are in opposition pretend that you care for people and you have all the solutions to fix all the country’s problems. When you get in government , the only problem you solve is you, your family and friends meager bank accounts. You have to have a willful suspension of commonsense to believe the utterances of these deceitful politicians. These politicians lie so habitually that they believe their own lies. A good politician is as unthinkable as an honest thief.

    1. 666
      May 18, 2017 at 11:48 am Reply

      True dat!

    2. Calvin
      May 18, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply

      Nicely stated, very true.

    3. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

      Well put! now we work on a solution?

  10. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 11:24 am Reply

    You Pierre and all your hacks from all over the country wont stop unless a riot starts and that is the mission of these slp supporters. Yall feed the people with a lot of exaggerated information. Empower the people.., feed them with much needed information and all else will come after.

  11. 666
    May 18, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply

    Political tribalism is the problem! A 9 is just an upside down 6…same thing. People free yourself from mental slavery, for country’s sake.

  12. Calvin
    May 18, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    According to the article: “Pierre told the crowd. “We are saying to the government, if you do not listen we are going to march again. If you do not listen we are going to march again. And if you do not listen we are going to march again and again and again.”
    .
    Perhaps a few of us, as the expression goes, “missed the e-mail on that.” One would have thought that temper tantrums ignorantly unrealistic rants were limited to hungry and tired 4-year-olds in the grocery aisle of a store.
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    One does hope that Phillip J Pierre doesn’t run out of crayons writing his next declarations, nor require a booster seat for trips by car.
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    Plainly stated, both parties while they were each leading government were, in one way or another, complicit in the fiscal circumstances in which we now find ourselves.
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    So be it. History has happened, it is time to move on in a collaborative, bi-partisan manner that fully recognizes that a few difficult conversations are necessary, there will be some required decisions, and now is the time to have leadership in boldly moving together towards a vision that is not yet fully detailed, and will not have a 100% consensus.
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    It is now time for those, that have not already done so, to put the grown-up pants on.
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    A majority of St. Lucians with their votes gave the UWP a mandate to form the government and lead our nation.
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    The election campaign is over. Get over it.
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    Now is not the time for partisanship. It is time to work together with a bold vision. And to make some decisions that will not have universal concurrence. That’s life.
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    The street protest and march tactics make a mockery of the democracy that we have fought for, take immense pride in, and will uphold. Such tactics that promote social unrest have also been the global hallmark of the colloquial “sore loser” that doesn’t want to play in the proverbial sandbox unless they are the ones in charge of it.
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    This latest SLP approach is, plainly, and very sadly, an affront to the intelligence, engagement, and passion of most St. Lucians for our nation.
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    Now is not the time for opportunistic manipulation and the engineering of social unrest by partisan elements.
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    These tactics do not promote an inclusive public dialogue in which citizens that want to have their individual say can be listened to and to be understood. Rather, it is a blatant appropriation of one of the aspects of proverbial ‘Gang Mentality 101’.
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    Look at Venezuela. Look at Panama. Look at the media coverage.
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    With respect to the latter, one might almost be lead to think that the public protests/march are a self-servingly economically destructive ploy by the SLP to scare away tourists, who are obviously averse to spending their money in a country that is undergoing civil unrest.
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    And to be realistic with respect to a civilized dialogue and consultation, many people may have whatever their specific, unique, and nuanced opinions that will not go to a march for reasons of concern for public safety and security, or being able to say what they have to say.
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    We have a House of Assembly with 17 members representing all constituencies of this OECS leading nation.
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    Should we each have our personal nuanced specifics that we want to say in support of, or to question, express, or seek more information on, that is why we have the system that we do — our elected representatives and their office staff are there, available in person, by telephone, electronically, mail, your choice. Try contacting them, some really good St. Lucians dedicating themselves to public service. And they are there to serve the electorate.
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    In closing, these protest tactics only needlessly inflame and distort what should be a constructive dialogue underpinned by a solid democratic process of public involvement, and only serve to undermine any collective progress.

    There are numerous institutional means by which to have one’s particular voice listened to:

    — Government Departments: http://www.govt.lc/departments

    — Office of the Prime Minister: (758) 468-2166

    — PM’s Secretary: (758) 453-7352

    — Cabinet Secretary: (758) 468-2115

    — Press Room: (758) 468-2405

    — E-mail: [email protected]

    — Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/opmsaintlucia/

    1. Anon Y. Mous
      May 19, 2017 at 4:07 am Reply

      Very well said

  13. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

    We are blaming politics but listen to ourselves for a while.we are not discussing the issues we are discussing politicians. Put aside our emotions and political stripes. ? Would you sell an acre of your land to me for $1 us that is logic. Would you give me to manage your bank account? And the list goes on, as St lucian ‘s we need to read more and don’t let politicians do the reading for us.

    1. Anonymous
      May 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm Reply

      If St. Lucians stay in schools they would make better citizens.

      The would learn to read and interpret for themselves, but… and represent themselves better.

      They would be a force to reckon with.

      As it stands the only option they see is to latch on to the politicians coat ends in order to survive. Therefore even though the country is sinking they will turn a blind eye refusing to come to terms with the truth.

      My take on this is that every single St. Lucian is responsible for the state of the country.

      Every one of them turned a blinded eye allowing the politicians to steer the aground, whilst waiting for God to intervene.

      Never protesting to demand proper governance.

      St. Lucians are a lazy set of people: lazy to take action

      St. Lucians are a jealous set of people: don’t want to fight to achieve yet lie in wait to deceitfully disown the few who will fight to achieve of what they possess.

      They fight amongst themselves and the innocent instead of fighting those who are truly responsible for the quagmire they find themselves in.

      Yet I was truly surprised to see such a large turn out yesterday. Protesting peacefully isn’t violence.

      But by no means this is an indication that I am supporter of PARTY.

      I support country. And I believe it’s time to INITIATE PROTEST ACTIONS for true, honest and proper representation

    2. Anonymous
      May 19, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply

      Again with the selling of lands for $1 an acre. Tell me where you get that form?

  14. Anonymous
    May 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm Reply

    With all the protests being initiated by the SLP, I have not read any alternative plans being proposed . All they are saying is:” RENEGOTIATE, RENEGOTIATE, RENEGOTIATE !” Please present us with your plan. I think you guys are just out to spread discord among St. Lucians.

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

      That’s because they are a vision-less bunch.

    2. Anon Y. Mous
      May 19, 2017 at 3:45 am Reply

      Very well said. All that has been promoted is disharmony. Violence and protests. Then somehow people are surprised at the murder rate climbing. How can anyone be shocked when we gave a political party that is on stage calling for unrest in the streets?

    3. Anonymous
      May 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply

      Say that to your spoil baby brat crime minister

    4. Anonymous
      May 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm Reply

      Bravo St Lucia you have a crying prime minister. Prime Minister people don’t cry when they want to trick people we cry because we are in pain especially hunger pain. But then you will never understand because you were not born here and raised here you can never never never understand the hardship we st lucian has been through so please we are not ghetto people

  15. Vern
    May 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Chastenet hate Lucians….he has to goooooooooo

  16. Anon Y. Mous
    May 19, 2017 at 4:06 am Reply

    As I stated, why do we have politicians calling for civil unrest. We have such a problem with violence and murder right now and instead of calling for peace and understanding, we have calls to arms to create disharmony and rage in the streets. How is this helpful to our nation.
    Will anyone be surprised by the end of the year when this political nightmare also results in additional murders between citizens with different political views. How long will it take before being seen as supporting a different party can only result in death? And what will the leader who called for all these Street protests say then??

    Isn’t it time to use those platforms​ to call for understanding. And peace. What examples are you setting??

  17. Anonymous
    May 19, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Only losers void of ideas bother to “march”. March all ya want. It’ll accomplish less than nothing. But that’s the Lucian way isn’t it? Leave the P.M. alone and let him work to prove all nay sayers wrong. You’ll see “good times” are on the horizon. They come soon.
    Then you’ll all lift Allen on your shoulders and parade him around like the hero he is.

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