Pierre: No winners in gun violence

Pierre: No winners in gun violence

Castries East MP, Philip J. Pierre, on a visit today to the George Charles Boulevard and Black Mallet  in his constituency, declared that there are no winners in the gun violence that has recently flared up in Marchand.

While in the George Charles Boulevard, Pierre offered condolences to the mother who lost her 8-month old baby.

At Black Mallet he expressed condolences to the family of the young man who was shot last week.

“It is very troubling what is happening in the constituency. There are no winners,” the MP told reporters.

Pierre explained that there may be a tendency to declare that the situation is limited to a particular part of Saint Lucia.

“But what has to happen is that the society as a whole must learn to be more tolerant. It must learn to accept that speaking and communication are the only way that we can resolve our issues,” the leader of the parliamentary opposition asserted.

He spoke of the need to ‘cut off’ the ‘revenge factor.”

“We have to cut off the ‘do you back. Because you do me, I do you back,” Pierre explained.

He said Saint Lucia has to become a more tolerant society and accept peaceful means of communication.

“It is very disconcerting what’s happening, but I think there is still hope if we set the example – if we show tolerance to each other, I think we can find the way forward,” Pierre asserted.

He said he is willing to work with the government and anyone else to address the situation.

“We will not commit the same folly of tying crime with politics or playing the blame game,” Pierre, who is the leader of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) stated.

He observed that crime is a national problem.

“We cannot stigmatise it; we cannot isolate it – it happens at all levels of society. What I want to tell you is that we need to look for a better way to resolve our conflicts,” Pierre said.

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm Reply

    Someone gave you your business on news spin you appear? You so engrossed in creating unwarranted war you forgot your own people. Take care of your yard before you come running to save someone else’s yard.

  2. 12 tribes
    May 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Who gave him his business? The “neural” journalist who always talking about the “authorities” when labour in office.

    1. Anonymous
      May 25, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply

      Lol, preach

  3. 12 tribes
    May 24, 2017 at 4:47 pm Reply

    Neutral

  4. SLU OBSERVER
    May 24, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply

    HOW MUCH MONEY HAVE PASSED THRU SLP AND PIERRE HANDS AFTER BEEING ELECTED SO MANY TIME BY HIS CONSTITUENTS. … HAS DONE NOTHING TO LIFT MARCHAND FROM THAT GHETTO MENTALITY. …NOT EVEN A HOUSUNG DEVELOPMENT. ….SIGHHH….JAHHH MAN 😈…

    1. Anonymous
      May 24, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply

      Were you expecting Mr. Pierre to use his personal salary to do development work in the constituency? If I have misunderstood you, then please correct me. Seen?

      1. SLY OBSERVER
        May 25, 2017 at 12:58 am Reply

        NO … THE SAME WAY THEY DONT USE THEY SALARY TO PAY HIGH PROFILE LAWYERS … BEEN ELECTED FOR 2 DECADES NOW… MARCHAND LIVING CONDITIONS HAS NOT CHANGED … SAY MARCHAND BOULEVARD … PUT THEM HOUSES DOWN AND REBUILD… GIVE EACH RESIDENT A KEY TO A FRESHLY REBUILD HOUSE … …JUT SAYING …poor people fed up …

        1. Anon1
          May 25, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply

          I can see your point to a certain extent.

          However this question (rhetorical) keeps popping it’s ugly head, wait for it.

          For the last 20 years SLU has been (and still is a Democracy, barely) meaning they were elections.

          Subsequently meaning Pierre has been elected at 4 previous elections.

          Why is it that the electorate in his constituency have repeatedly voted him in if he did absolutely nothing in the last 20years!

          Mind boggling!

  5. Observer
    May 24, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply

    Yes the same unemployment and stagnation that you Pierre dont want to admit is rampant in Vieux Fort is that which driving the bullets in Marchand. So you busy marching for vieux fort but no time for an anti crime march in marchand. Because your priority is see that SLP retain their seats in the south by any means necessary. Even if it means keeping the people in abject poverty.

  6. Calvin
    May 25, 2017 at 1:36 am Reply

    The article quoted Pierre as follows: “What I want to tell you is that we need to look for a better way to resolve our conflicts,…”

    That’s a very interesting comment from someone that, with respect to DSH, seems to have been on a relentless conflict of own.

    His weapons are not guns. His weapon of conflict seems to be a barrage of press releases. His and his party’s most recent weapon seems to be alarmist press releases and protests (and potentially further inciting social unrest) that would appear to be deployed so as to desperately underpin his selfish and politically motivated demands for continuation of the SLP’s historic record of complacency and complicity.

    To date, neither government over the course of their full mandate has had an unblemished record. That’s the way it is. That comes with the complexities of governing a nation.

    Mr. Pierre, the election is over. SLP lost. That’s the way it is. Now is the time for the Opposition to wipe their tears away, roll up their sleeves, put on their grown-up pants, and collaborate on advancing a civilized public discussion on policies that will impact virtually every St. Lucian.

    Most unfortunately for our nation, SLP’s inciting of conflict at the political level, which could very well result in social unrest, needlessly and sadly distracts from what needs to be a civil, inclusive discussion involving listening, understanding, and for many simply answering their questions in seeking further information.

    Mr. Pierre speaks of conflict resolution. That’s arguably quite hypocritical. Perhaps he should lead by example.

    Conflict resolution does not involve his particular approach of stoking with inflammatory comments what increasingly seems to be leading to a fractious, destructive polarization of St. Lucian versus St. Lucian.

    This at a time when the nation needs to come together under a duly elected government that has been given a mandate by a majority of St. Lucians to lead, build consensus, make the necessary tough decisions, and lead us into the future. A future that helps secure an economic path-forward that takes a stewardship role that considers our nation’s present socio-economic imperatives and recognizes global realities.

    Perhaps when Mr. Pierre actually walks his photo-op talk about the need for conflict resolution he may gain a semblance of credibility with both his sadly neglected constituents and with his countrymen that are justifiably disillusioned with his continuously disruptive political antics .

    1. Anonymous
      May 25, 2017 at 3:53 am Reply

      Well said. It seems he is trying to give the impression he realises his folly, and yet is still continuing to do so himself

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