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.