Asserting that the Allen Chastanet administration is ‘running scared’, opposition leader Philip J. Pierre told reporters Tuesday that the people put Chastanet in power and the people will get him out.
Pierre spoke as members of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) gathered outside parliament to make their ‘presence felt’ according to the organisation’s Chair, Alison King.
The Trust is upset over the demolition Saturday of the former jailhouse in Castries, asserting that the government reneged on an agreement not to do so.
There was a police presence outside parliament and barricades were evident near the house of assembly.
“It is clear that the people are angry,” opposition leader Philip J. Pierre told reporters.
He said it was clear that the government wants to stop free expression.
However, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader stated that the people will take the decision when the time comes.
“The government is obviously afraid. The government is scared. The vindictiveness and the arrogance is clear,” Pierre told reporters.
As far as he was concerned, there was absolutely no need for the government to stop the people from either coming to or assembling near the parliament.
“The government cannot stop time – next year June 6 must come. They can do whatever they want but it must come and when it comes, the people will do what they have to do,” Pierre observed.
The Allen Chastanet government came to power on June 6, 2016, winning 11 of the 17 available seats.
“That is just the beginning – the people will not be stopped. The people will not be subdued,” the opposition leader said of the presence of the SLNT members and supporters near parliament Tuesday.
Pierre made it clear that the ‘protest’ was not organised by his party.
“The labour party had no idea of what is happening here. These are the people who are acting on their own behalf,” he explained.
According to Pierre, if the labour party was to organise a demonstration, thousands of people would have been present.