Concern over Venezuelans heading for Saint Lucia

Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis has expressed concern over Venezuelans heading for this country.

Francis told reporters that authorities here have always known that Martinique, Saint Vincent and Saint Lucia comprise a triangle in which drugs coming from Saint Vincent go to Martinique in exchange for firearms.

“We understand in Martinique and so on persons are allowed to carry firearms and it’s more lax than in Saint Lucia, so we always knew that,” the minister explained.

“Now we have realised what is happening in Venezuela and you can see the exodus of persons from Venezuela going across the border to buy food – so that’s the lure,” Francis asserted.

According to him, the Venezuelans have reached the stage of desperation and are coming to Saint Lucia.

He observed that in a recent incident the police arrested two Venezuelans.

“This is worrying – this is very, very worrying. These guys will do anything and it stretches our armed forces so it is of very great concern to me. I will be speaking with the Minister of Foreign affairs so that we can speak to the Venezuelan Ambassador and see how we can cooperate in making sure that we can stem that tide of Venezuelans coming into Saint Lucia,” Francis said.

In Venezuela thousands have taken to the streets to vent fury at President Nicolás Maduro and his  leadership.

The demonstrations have at times turned deadly with more than 90 people  being killed and over 3,000  being arrested, according to reports.

Maduro is pressing ahead with a vote for a Constitutional Assembly on Sunday despite opposition within and outside of Venezuela.


  1. Lime Juice
    July 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Oye masiayy, give those Vens Shawn. Shawn, you put our country in jeopardy. Just take Shawn and leave di island alone plzz

  2. G unit aka wellness center
    July 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Oh boy this means trouble if they can’t get him they will get people close to him family and friends better pray and leave the country if they must

  3. A Voter
    July 25, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I have always been concerned many years ago when I began to notice Venezuelans were trickling on SLU. I spoke about it. And now, we are witnessing their negative influence and murderous behaviours all over the place. Our immigration department needs to step up their game and scrutinise them more and refuse majority of them entry in SLU. Also we need round the clock surveillance of our borders.

  4. Shoo
    July 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Do you really think immigration is lapsing. Trust me they are doing all they can to stop them including refusing some of them entry. What we need is tighter marine borders because is backdoor most of them coming in.

  5. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    what about albar. short memory folks

  6. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Stop them please please stop them st Lucia and st Lucian will be in a mess the st Lucian drug men have no heart to they don’t care what happen please stop the Venezuelans from coming here they are also troubled in the country please leave them out of here.

  7. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    We need a stronger police force , we do not have armed forces. What is wrong with those so called elected official’s. Our officers lack moral and are scared of executing their duties . We need more patrols and stop and search along the breath and length of Saint Lucia. We also need to foster better ties with communities to help irradiate crime. A stronger police presence is required in crime hot spots.

  8. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Wasn’t the Shawn who got gun down sometime ago in bois d orange

  9. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Venezuelans are not the reason for the crime hike in St Lucia. This is just another attack on the Venezuela government and support for the foreign hands waging the silent coupe in the country.

    I expect nothing better from this UWP stooges. After all I don’t think they mind seeing the country enslaved once again by the military and economic powers. Peter Josie have already said the slave trade was a necessary event. To me this make him a man with no principle, no moral standard and one to be damned in hell fire, But before you condemnation Peter Josie a man of your reading should know if mankind needed saving and there was no slavery to save something else would and there is nothing that say it would be just as inhumane as slavery.

  10. Pepper
    July 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    It looks like Hispanics are a popular group that is being disliked. St. Lucia will have to build a wall. Dince St.lucia is broke, make the Venezuelans build the wall.

  11. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I would put a bun on all of them so they won’t enter the country because they bring nothing but drugs and corruption in !!

    1. Anonymous
      July 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      No you fool not that not hearing he from the dam south

  12. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    We need those white guys back here our force is too weak them venz will enter God help our young men

  13. Yute
    July 25, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    The ministers r more in it unno francis knows chasnet father’s cement boat seized in Venezuela so not not the trade been Goin on

  14. Society
    July 25, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Like what….where were the strippers from…stop playing for for role lucian…..we st.lucians have been goin to Venezuela not now….how many pyrogs boats are there in the police….what is the conclusion of the investigation in the escape of the 2 Venezuelans and 1 lucian..from Chase me the chase garden guy was seen doin some government cleaning contract in the community…..just talk talk talk…

    1. Calvin
      July 27, 2017 at 4:15 am

      We have the space, we have the food, they will do the jobs that many Looshans won’t. It is time for us to step up tp help our brothers and sisters in peril in Venezuela with an intake of 5,000 persons. Formalize it, they’re already arriving here almost every night by boat in a few lonely coves along our island.

  15. sharonterrell
    July 26, 2017 at 7:32 am

    We need a military force in St.Lucia.Lets ask the Americans or Canada for help. Even if we have to let them join our police force.We need MEGA MUCHO help.We need outside forces to join us to fight this scourge of criminals.I love Venezuela,but we cannot allow your drugs to bring down our country,and maybe we need a ban on Venezuela like Donald Trump did to The Muslim countries.We cannot do this alone and stop wasting time we need a military Force,And tighten our thing you know we will be in trouble,Stop talking and mov-it hurry up,we need to stop moving like turtle and snail,whiles things getting crucial in St.lucia.I dont know what we doing in St.lucia,we never in a hurry.

  16. Percy
    July 26, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Our politicians need to stop the hypocrisy and blatant propaganda. Last year prior to our election a group of our students who got scholarships to do medicine in Venezuela for 7 years returned according to the then SLP government; due to political unrest and the creditability of the program was in question. The kids came down conveniently a day or two before elections since they had to vote to get a scholarship to Cuba or Taiwan. To date not one has received any. Its sad that Venezuela has gone back to haunt us. But always remember ” Children are a heritage unto the Lord ” and whatever we do to them; we will pay! Mr Francis n Minister Rigobert; is that where you wanted our kids to return? Since they were denied scholarships this yr . Lucia prepare hard!

  17. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Lucian are the most ignorant I’ve ever listened to speak pure bs. Y’all want to travel and over stay in other people country, y’all are like plague in Canada and the U.S, but y’all think other countries who are in economic crisis should not have access to your already crime infested garbage island. St. Lucia is plagued with local criminals they don’t need Venezuelans to come in and assist them destroy each other.

  18. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 7:19 am

    May god b with u

  19. Anonymous
    July 28, 2017 at 7:09 am

    When we accepting LA sha wit tae from them it wasn’t a concern, now Venezuela is on LA sha wit tae it is a concern. Hypocrisy

  20. Sepann.
    July 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Who gives, murder all those Venezuelans when they come for their tremendous acts of violence even worse than they are doing.. U gonna let some punk come to your yard and play with ur life and those of ur family? Wow Luciana where are the bad boys we have?