Pierre ‘overwhelmed’ by turnout for protest march

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre has declared that he was overwhelmed by the turnout Sunday for a Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) organized protest march in Castries.

Pierre described the event as arguably the largest ever demonstration ever held in Saint Lucia.

“The government will understand that there are thousands of people who disagree with what they are doing and they are ready to demonstrate on the ground with their feet,” Pierre stated.

He described Sunday’s protest as a genuine march for this country’s hospitals and health care.

Last week, Pierre said the issues of inadequate health care, reckless fiscal mismanagement, increasing debt and general poor governance of the country now transcend party affiliation.

In a plea for support of the protest march, he had asserted that the country is bleeding and invited all Saint Lucians who care about their country and the future of their children to back the activity.

Peter Alexander, who joined the protest, said it was a reflection of how people feel about what is happening in their country.

“For the first time I have seen that we have cut across party lines. There are a number of people whom I knew before the elections were supporting the United Workers Party because they gave me a lot of beams and they are now in the march, so it tells you that people generally across the country are upset,” he remarked.

Sunday’s SLP protest has come against the backdrop of industrial action by Customs Officers, and notices of strike action issued to the St Lucia Electricity Services Limited and St Jude Hospital.

Alexander said he hopes there is a shut down of the country which is bleeding badly.

“It is bleeding badly and it has to stop,” he stated.

Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) leader, Therold Prudent said he was ‘ecstatic’ about the protest and very pleased with the turnout.

“I believe it is sending a very strong message to this government that the time is very very short and that we are determined that this government must go and none of the nonsense in terms of privatisation of health, in terms of  corruption, in terms of lack of accountability – all of these things we will throw them out, together with them when the time is right,” Prudent said.

He expressed the view that Sunday’s protest would become protracted and not be a mere one day event.

Prudent asserted that the protests would continue until the people get what they want – the removal of the Allen Chastanet administration from office.

 

 

13 Comments

  1. Kerry
    September 9, 2018 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Pollution in politics. He ha ha

  2. Lucian
    September 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Don’t let that full you Ray Charles, Lucian’s like freeness

  3. Protester
    September 9, 2018 at 8:04 pm Reply

    Indeed the crowd was huge

    1. Watchdog
      September 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm Reply

      Keep dreaming!!!!

  4. concerned foreign citizen
    September 9, 2018 at 8:10 pm Reply

    I hope they fed the people and gave them plenty to drink. Some politicians are hungry for power.

    1. B
      September 10, 2018 at 8:15 am Reply

      Yall Lucian overseas always feel a Government doing right. Yall not in the country to feel the pain of the everyday man or anything like that. You maybe well hungry where you are.

    2. B
      September 10, 2018 at 8:18 am Reply

      Furthermore, is people like you that does come down to SLU n criticize everywhere you go. God forbid but do you want to come here and get hurt or something to require the service of the public hospitals. Maybe then you’d stop with ignorant comments like the one you just made.

  5. Police officer
    September 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm Reply

    When a soldier is on the battle he does not care about food or water ..all he cares for is getting the job done right …the land is slowly being taken away from us and as soldiers we have to stand on the battle field .we have not time to eat ..the jib must be done

  6. Vibz
    September 9, 2018 at 10:11 pm Reply

    Chastanet had a great opportunity to bring relief from all that plagued the country under SLP rule. He and the UWP had the overwhelming support of the country. They have totally squandered the chance to heal the political tribalism, to bring cohesion to society, to improve the life of the ordinary man and woman. Instead, they have brought pain, suffering, lawlessness and mayhem to the country. They have managed to upset and injure every segment of the community. I’ve never seen an administration do so much widespread damage to a country in such a short time. Unbelievable , if you ask me.

  7. 🌍The shitstem is rigged🌋
    September 10, 2018 at 7:03 am Reply

    This seems to me that it’s the same set of losers that voted last election.

  8. O R P supporter
    September 10, 2018 at 8:44 am Reply

    Pierre and his band of takers are hungry for power…..uwp is in their way….I don t care with any,,,,thieves vs thieves

  9. Honky tonk woman
    September 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Forgive for believing that St Lucia is a democratic country. Mr. (Cant Speak Very Well) Pierre must know this. Looks like a parade of civil servants who can afford to go on strike or have sickies with impunity.
    There’s a long way to go before the next election.
    You guys are gonna have to just wait for your next round of losing.
    As for Mr. Prudent, if you have a day job, keep working on it.

  10. Merline
    September 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Look pon people. Even the pro roro for UWP was there.

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