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.