A national shutdown to oust the Allen Chastanet administration has the support of the leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent.
The LPM leader spoke following Sunday’s massive opposition organised protest march and rally in Castries.
He told St Lucia Times he wants to see not just a one day protest, but a series of protracted protests which eventually put the current administration out of office.
“If it takes that we have to shut the country eventually, I am saying ‘Yes, this is the way we need to go, but everything must be done within the confines of the law and what the constitution permits us to do’,” the LPM leader declared.
He asserted that he would support a shutdown of the country because surgery can eradicate early stage cancer.
“Now we have a malignant Prime Minister, we have a cancerous government that is in its early stages of growing and will then take this country to its death, so we have no choice but to follow the surgeon’s prescription which is to eventually eradicate this government and save the people of Saint Lucia.”
“I continue to stress that I am not advocating violence, I am not advocating any mischief. All I am saying is that we must be able eventually to use what is allotted to us within the constitution of Saint Lucia, which is the democratic system of government – freedom to be able to express one’s opinion about a government, freedom to express one’s opinion about a party and to be able to go out there and say to Mr. Chastanet to his face that your moment is over,”the LPM leader stated.
Prudent expressed the view that Sunday’s protest against the government was the first in a series of steps that would lead to the removal of the Chastanet administration.
He explained that he was very happy with the turnout and the way Saint Lucians responded.
Prudent expressed the view that the next step must be a protracted series of demonstrations, including levels of civil disobedience allowing young people to occupy the office of the Prime Minister in a very peaceful way.
“I would encourage them to walk with their resumes and take their resumes to the Prime Minister’s office and ask that they have an audience with the Prime Minister and demand jobs,” he told St Lucia Times.
The LMP leader made it clear that anything that is done must be done within the confines of the law.