Irate vendors stage protest

A group of irate street vendors staged a protest Tuesday near the office of the Castries Mayor,  Peterson Francis, some of them demanding  his removal.

The vendors are upset over the removal of their belongings  on Sunday as part of  a campaign to clean up the capital and make the streets safer.

Trays, tables, chairs and other items belonging to the vendors were removed from downtown Castries and transported to the Marchand market.

Some vendors complained that when they went to look for the items, they could not locate them.

Others complained that they had to incur additional costs in paying a truck to transport the property that was removed back into the City centre where they operate.

Some of the vendors claimed that they had supported the United Workers Party (UWP), during the last election campaign that swept the party to power and were now being treated like ‘stray dogs’.

(Protesting vendors with Peter ‘Ras  Ipa’ Isaac at centre)

One such individual recalled braving rainfall to vote.

Another asserted that the measures taken against the vendors by the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) represented a ‘nail deeper in (Prime Minister Allen) Chastanet’s coffin.”

The President of the Vendors’ Association, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac told reporters  however that the protest had nothing to do with politics.

“We have people from all different political persuasions – a lot of the people here are labour, they are flambeaus; everybody is here,” Isaac asserted above the protesting voices of the vendors.

He declared that the Mayor had acted without consultation.

“When he talk with us, he do something else,” the Vendors’ Association official explained.

However the Castries Mayor, who was present, accused the Vendors’ Association President of being ‘the great pretender.’

Peterson Francis disclosed that Isaac had agreed with the CCC behind closed doors.

“If these vendors want to go anywhere, I am publicly calling on them to get rid of Peter Isaac, because he is not doing anything for them,” Francis observed.

 

6 Comments

  1. Truth
    May 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Ha ha ha the chickens have come home to roost

  2. Trina
    May 15, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply

    The vendors have the roadsides in a mess like the side walk is theirs. I heard the announcement where the mayor declared they will be cleaning the side walks removing old trays an old tents on sunday. How comes these nasty vendors didnt hear. St.Lucia will never go forward if the city cannot even be upgraded.Politics has blinded everyone an people refuse to change their ways for better.

  3. Rosie
    May 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Are they surprised? They got what they voted for.

    1. PAUL
      May 15, 2018 at 6:01 pm Reply

      This is what this government is all about. Doing the right thing for the country. Even when it can affect them politically. Bravo Mayor Francis.

  4. Merl
    May 15, 2018 at 8:47 pm Reply

    They were shouting Yo Peh the loudest.

  5. Caribbean Goddess
    May 16, 2018 at 10:35 am Reply

    I agree with the Mayor to clean up the City areas, but not in this manner. The vendors should be given notice in writing of the date tby which their belongings must be removed. The notice should also inform them that if their belongins (trays, pallets, frames, tarpaulins, etc.) are not removed by that date that the CCC will be removing them and placing them in the Marchand Market. The belongins also needed to be placed in an orderly manner not be disposed of like garbage as these things are what the vendors use to earn a living. The CCC should also in the notice inform vendors where they are going to be reloacated to and under what kind of new shelter, if any will be provided for them and also if there is going to be a new daily vending fee implemented..
    There must be respect for persons no matter how menial their status seems to be to some persons. They are hard working and are trying to make a living. The Mayor is doing a great job and I commend him on many of the initiatives that he proposes and tries to implement, but there is a right way to do things!

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