Irate vendors planning protest action

Irate vendors, upset over the removal of their trays, chairs, tables and other belongings from the City during the ‘Safer Streets’campaign by the Castries Constituency Council (CCC), are planning to take protest action, the Vendors’ Association has disclosed.

Several of the affected vendors have been voicing their displeasure over the situation.

Phimber Modeste, also known as ‘Moah’, told St Lucia Times that although vendors are paying the CCC $3 every day, the received no notice about the removal of their property.

Modeste, who said he was holding the fort for his wife who was away, accused the CCC of vandalising the property of certain vendors while leaving the belongings of others untouched.

(Phimber Modeste)

“I myself, them man told me to go to the Marchand market and look for my things – I can’t get nothing of mine and my things were brand new. I can’t get my brand new stool; I can’t get my stand; I can’t get my tray – nothing,” he complained.

(Items belonging to vendors)

Modeste accused the Mayor of having no respect for vendors.

“That man just looking for chaos, because if you say you cleaning up the City, why they don’t clean up at the back of the CDC that always smelling and all on the sidewalk where they have pieces of iron cutting people shoe and damaging people. Underneath the CDC – endless smoke in his face and he just brushing it; saying nothing.”

Modeste explained that people make a living from vending.

“On that I living.On that I paying my bills. I was all in yellow for them man – blowing horn and that is how them man treating me?Like I was a yellow monkey? ”

Jaunai Joseph, who told St Lucia Times that he is a street vendor by Valmont and repairs mobile telephones, said that he is ‘totally displeased’ with the way the CCC came on Sunday and carried off all the trays belonging to ‘loving, hard-working vendors’.

“What do you expect us to do? You have taken away our trays.” He explained.

Joseph declared that a meeting was called to discuss the issue but the matter was never resolved.

(Joseph)

“This is form of dictatorship and I believe it might become a political loophole for the other side.”

He told St Lucia Times that vendors are hardworking and pay taxes every day, rain or shine.

“Now we have no shelter. Now we can no longer open an umbrella on the streets.How can this dictating thing happen? For God’s sake, there is a prime minister of this country and if he cannot be controlled, he must be taken out of office.”

Joseph declared that if the President of the Vendors’ Association, Peter Isaac, takes no action”we will take him out of office and replace him.”

 

6 Comments

  1. Truth
    May 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Sack Ipa.

  2. Topkek
    May 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Well done Mr Mayor a small consequence to a greater cause. It will all be forgotten and we will move on within a week. Thank you for doing what it takes and being the champion your country needs.

    1. Anonymous guy
      May 17, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Yeah forgot all those poor people trying to make a living and increase unemployment even more!

  3. redmealybug
    May 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    If the mayor broke any laws take him to court.

  4. Shylov
    May 14, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Did u all ask ccc to build the stalls some with iron…one vsm barely get space on the sidewalk to walk one has to walk on the road

  5. There’s more
    May 15, 2018 at 6:18 am

    High time people stop that “I was born labor/flabo, I’ll die labor/flabo.” That is the most ignorant thing to say and also a very poor way to approach politics. I’m not saying that he said specifically that but the majority of us think that way instead of going based on track record. Vote for who has done better, vote for who has kept the most promises because not all promises can be met. Would just be brilliant if we changed but that is highly unlikely.

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