The MP for Soufriere-Fond St Jacques says he is saddened by recent violence impacting Soufriere youth.
Herold Stanislas, who is also Minister for Physical Planning, expressed the sentiments in a statement Monday.
The following is the statement:
As Member of Parliament for Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques I call upon our youth all over, particularly the youth of Soufriere, to focus their energies on peaceful means of resolving their differences.
We all know that nothing good ever comes out of violent behaviour and that the recent episodes of ferocious sparks of ruthlessness recently experienced in Soufriere, does not represent the general peace-loving people of our community, especially the youth.
Together we have begun the transformation of our beloved town of Soufriere, to bring about social and economic benefits to all. The gains we have made as a proud people can only be sustained as we continue to work in love and unity with each other, respecting each other’s views, even if we disagree with them.
I have every confidence and faith in our youth of Soufriere and elsewhere in this nation. They are passionate, positive and excited about forging and building a bright future. One that is based on growth and harnessing the opportunities and possibilities to expand their horizons through meaningful participation and engagement.
We know that the evil that accompanies violence has permanent and painful effects which can and must be avoided with understanding, respect for each other’s difference in our exercise of peace as a loving people.
I am saddened by the recent incidents which led to the injury of two young men in the community and extend my deepest sympathy to the family of these individuals, and hope for the quick restoration of their health and wellbeing.
As a government focused on people’s development, our programmes and policies are focused and geared to build resilience and provide alternatives to harmful and risk-taking behaviours that may lead to violence.
I urge our youth to stay positive, confident and to exhibit and demonstrate their passionate intensity in cordial and peaceful ways. May God continue to guide and bless our town and our nation.