SLP calls for apology over Chastanet “ghetto” remarks

The Opposition, St Lucia Labour Party, is pushing ahead with its strategy of maintaining pressure on the Allen Chastanet government with a statement released Wednesday by former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony.

Dr Anthony called on Mr Chastanet to apologize for statements he reportedly made at the recent UWP march in Vieux Fort.

The Vieux-Fort South MP said the Prime Minister described Vieux Fort as a ghetto and said the residents there would be great at taking care of horses.

“I resent his description of Vieux Fort as a ghetto,” Dr Anthony said. “Further, these statements are insulting, degrading and dehumanizing.”

Dr Anthony said Vieux Fort people are capable of much more than looking after horses and added that they are as good as any other St Lucian.

“The thinking of the UWP towards the people of Vieux Fort has not changed. All they do is to sell or give away the lands around Vieux Fort, never caring about the quality of life of the people of Vieux Fort. That is why they allowed Vieux Fort town to be mired in poverty from 1964 to 1997,” Dr. Anthony added.

The opposition has vowed continuous street protests if the Allen Chastanet government does not revise its main economic policies; including a dolphin park in Gros Islet and the 2.6 billion dollar Pearl of the Caribbean development in Vieux Fort.

The government says its plans will raise economic activity in the south of the country and provide significant job opportunities.

However, the Opposition maintains that the deal is bad for St Lucia and should be renegotiated.

For his part, Prime Minister Chastanet has accused the St Lucia Labour Party of going on a “trail of destruction” and playing a divisive game.

Said Prime Minister Chastanet; “the sad reality is that the Labour Party had every opportunity to deliver to the people of St Lucia, particularly when we look at the south.”

He went on, “In Dr. Anthony’s tenure as Prime Minister for 15 years and District Representative for 20 years, there isn’t one project that he brought to the south. In fact, one can go to the extreme and show that in fact when he was in government he did everything to stop things from happening,” Chastanet said.

14 Comments

  1. 666
    May 25, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t like the DHS project, but Kenny, you need to go back to your retirement home…you’re an opportunistic power addict. What did you do for Vieux-Fort…you were both PM and Rep. GO AWAY!!!

  2. Anonymous
    May 25, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    They are capable of much more you hypocrite yet you gave them no avenue to do much more. You kept them oppressed and yes VF is a ghetto!! As for me I want the facts on that DSH business until then what I really want to see in the south is a movie theatre and and few decent restaurants.

  3. Hurting
    May 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I’m a Vieux-Fortian and yes sad but yes we are a very large part guetto. Everywhere you pass guys on the block smoking with little buckets selling their stuff. I am scared to walk in the alleys.

  4. Anonymous
    May 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    What happen, PIP and the opposition don’t read? VFort is Kenny Created Ghetto. Yes it is a ghetto. I have lived there for over 45 years. It has changed to the worst since 1997. It is so bad in VFort, even the VFort Square look out of place.

  5. Anonymous
    May 25, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    No apology needed. Let chass talk his crap.

  6. jim C
    May 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Kenny no shame……….you need to resign as MP

  7. Fair Play
    May 25, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Ah that touch a nerve right in Kenny belly. That someone could call the constituency he represents for the past twenty years, fifteen of which he was PM and minister of finance, a ghetto. Well sadly that’s exactly the reality Kenny has been in denial of and fooling the people to make them believe they living in an else how. But usually the truth offends.

    So Chastanet has exposed Kenny the emperor or dictator as having no clothes being stark naked. I am convinced now that Kenny has serious OPH (obsessive power hunger), is in denial and cannot accept defeat like a spoiled child.

    However if his intentions is to stir up civil unrest for his personal ego and ambitions then he should be forewarned and be prepared to accept the responsibility of any such consequences to Helen. Hasn’t she been battered and raped enough.

    1. concerned
      May 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Agree…

  8. Anonymous
    May 25, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Kenny you are a disgrace. All U trying is to get sympathy from View Fortians and get some political mileage out of it. What did U do for Vieux Fort in terms of assisting the poor and the unemployed. How many Jobs did U create in Vieux Fort? You were prime Minister for 15 years. What U now need to do is to resign as MP for Vieux Fort. U have lost all credibility, so stop your barking.

  9. Anonymous
    May 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    am TIRED of politicians insulting my intelligence. Kenny STFU…

  10. Anonymous
    May 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Kenny demands apologies for the ghetto he created and cultivates. He has yet to ever say what he himself has done for the community and yet is willing to knock down the people who are trying to shine a spotlight on it. Then he is calling for protests and disruption in the streets, knowing full well the recent violent acts that are plaguing the nation. How does this man still have support???

  11. Anon1
    May 26, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Two grown ass educated (well, one more so than other) men like you’ll!

    FIX up the pair of you, “you say sorry, no you say sorry!

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH NOW!

  12. Proud Vieux
    May 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Kenny is absolutely correct Chastanet should apologize for calling Vieux Fort a ghetto. The real ghettos are in the crime and drug infested areas in Castries. Chastanet need to take a walking tour there.
    It’s a shame we have an idiot for a PM. We demand an apology.

  13. Anonymous
    June 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Why is that loser half nigger Anthony speaking at all? He’s past his “best before date”. Fade away. You’re done!

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