The MP for Gros Islet has urged residents of the community to exercise restraint and abide by the law.
Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute made a special appeal to the youth.
He spoke to St Lucia Times on Friday.
His comments followed an incident overnight in which people pelted the police with bottles and other missiles.
The police had gone out to disperse individuals at an after curfew event.
As a result of the fracas, a police officer and two civilians sustained injuries.
And officers arrested several people after firing warning shots.
The Gros Islet MP said although he did not have all the details, he saw videos on social media.
Montoute said from his information, it was a very unfortunate situation.
“I want to appeal to the residents of Gros Islet, especially our youth to conduct themselves in a more controlled, restrained and law abiding manner,” he stated.
Montoute acknowledged that the current situation due to COVID-19 is not the most ideal.
However, he said the protocols are in place to protect people.
He also chided the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
This week, the party put out a statement indicating that frustration is one of the causes of crime and lawlessness.
But the Gros Islet MP said Such a statement sounds almost like condoning unlawful behaviour.
.And he declared that leaders should be helping people to engage in acceptable behaviour.
“Whether to gain political mileage or cause disruption so the government can look bad, I think it is poor judgement on any leader’s part to make statements to suggest they are supporting such behaviour,” the MP told St Lucia Times.
Headline photo: Officer on scene at Gros Islet