Gros Islet bus drivers are angry over crimes being committed against them, including the armed robbery last week of a colleague and the gang rape of his girlfriend.
The Public Relations Officer of the Gros Islet Minibus Owners Association, Thomas St Louis, told St Lucia Times that the association is concerned about the crime situation in this country.
St Louis noted that bus drivers are not immune to attacks by criminals.
“Our members are being attacked too often,” St Louis declared.
He recalled that last week a driver went with his girlfriend to the Pigeon Point area when three masked men attacked the couple.
The PRO of the Gros Islet Minibus Owners Association told St Lucia Times that the bandits robbed the driver, tied him up and took his girlfriend from him.
“They abused her, raped her – three of them. Even when he begged to just rob him and leave the girl along, the three of them raped her – it never made the news,” an obviously incensed St Louis stated.
He said drivers are extremely angry about the situation.
St Louis disclosed that on Monday afternoon another driver was attacked by an unknown individual.
He said the assailant hit the driver on the head with a stone.
“The guy is unconscious at Tapion Hospital as we speak,” St Louis said.
He said he wanted to commend National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, who Thursday came out in support of capital punishment and asserted that the courts were giving a slap on the wrist to some criminals.
“This is my country – I love Saint Lucia and some of us are being naive when it comes to the criminal elements – we make excuses for criminals and we harbour them, when we the hard working citizens are held ransom by these guys,” St Louis declared.
He asserted that as a citizen, he deserves the right to work in an environment where he can achieve for himself and his family.
“We blame government for everything when these criminals have to be blamed,” St Louis said.
“This used to be the Helen of the West, now it is the wild, wild, west,” he asserted, adding that everyone has a gun and people are angry.
St Louis said that currently he is demotivated and does not want to invest.