Pierre Urged To Restore Sense Of Peace And Security Amid Upsurge In Violent Crime

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The Advocacy Group (TAG) has expressed deep concern over spiralling incidents of violent crime claiming the lives of young people in particular and has urged Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre to restore a sense peace and security to frightened people.

TAG cited the’ latest brazen mass shooting’ on Sunday evening, resulting in the death of three individuals in the community of Marchand, asserting that it had sent shock waves across the population.

“Prime Minister Phillip J Pierre, who is the Minister of National Security and Parliamentary Representative for Castries East, which the community of Marchand forms part of, must move immediately to restore a sense of peace and security to a frightened people,” the group declared in a statement released on Wednesday.

The complete statement appears below:

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The Advocacy Group is deeply concerned over the spiraling incidents of violent crime which is claiming the lives of our Nation’s youth in particular. As we brace ourselves against the ugly reality of unprecedented record of murders, we share the sadness and despair of many – family, friends and love ones.

The peace and stability of our nation is being held ransom by criminal elements who appear even more brazen in their actions which they unleash with impunity.  The current economic downturn with associated unemployment and the debilitating impact of covid-19 all combine to create an atmosphere of hopelessness for many.

In such situations it becomes the responsibility of our policy makers to respond in a manner that instills a sense of confidence and assurance for current and future prospects. Too many St Lucians are left to fend for themselves without the benefit of promised and required relief or income support in these perilous times.

Our people are now living in fear as they go about their day to day struggles to survive in an environment of insecurity, attack and threat to their person and property. The almost daily invasions and onslaught against innocent citizens, business operations and private residents is frightening.

The latest brazen mass shooting on Sunday evening, 12th, December resulting in the death of three individuals in the community of Marchand has sent shock waves across the population. Such incidents undoubtedly undermine the spirit of peace and goodwill which is synonymous with the Christmas/festive season.

Prime Minister, Phillip J Pierre who is the Minster of National Security and Parliamentary Representative for Castries East, which the community of Marchand forms part of, must move immediately to restore sense of peace and security to a frightened people.

Mr. Pierre having the resources of the Office of the Prime Minister at his disposal and the responsibility for the portfolio of National Security must do what is expected by many St Lucians at this time to arrest what appears to be a run-away situation.

Mr. Pierre it is now imperative that you grab the “crime bull” by the horn. We need to get the sense that you are utilizing your authority to take control of this crime scourge.  As the popular saying goes: “to whom much is given, much is expected”.

This is now time for Mr. Pierre to allay the fears of the Constituents of Castries East who rolled out the red carpet to ‘celebrate’ his ascension to the office of Prime Ministership.

Decisive action on the current manifestations of crime in our “Fair Helen” must be applied not just to violent crime but other blatant occurrences such as: the open threat on the life of an individual by Miguel Fevrier, Communications Officer in the Ministry of Infrastructure, the illegal confinement of citizens under the guise of the Covid Control and Confinement Act by the Government and the expungement of the records of persons who committed infractions in violation of the Covid Control and Prevention Act.

While Prime Minister Pierre is preoccupied on his latest overseas trip to Dubai lining up to address the Global Citizens Forum, we are hopeful that he will be similarly moved to address the nation on his return, on the run away crime situation currently gripping the island. Prime Minister Pierre, the nation needs to hear from you.

Your continued silence while we are experiencing this spiraling problem of violent crime is troubling. It is now commonplace, the question: “Who is the Minister of National Security?

Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Phillip J Pierre, TAG request that you please come forward to take up your responsibility for the security of the people of your Constituency, Castries East and St Lucia by extension. The nation is waiting to hear from you.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Some of yall like playing politics these people might just have a plan for these thugs dont forget 2 of his cabinet ministers were involved in operation restore confidence they should really do this again because some of these young men getting away with crime amd acting untouchable but theyre so stupid the police dont even want to put yall bor delais because its better if someone take yall out the game for real we need a better saint lucia i say clean the streets bring back operation restore confidence ☺

  2. Our government is plain evil. They get paid for the crime that happens here and on Sunday was a bonus… PJP might be hiding but he knows he has to stay low until he and the governmet makes more money especially with the price hikes in stores. They want to keep St Lucians a certain way so they would get the best benifits in St Lucia

  3. The current PM has been the only politicians who function almost all ministries thus far and is still incompetent to the fullest. Again look at the current ministries lay out one minister is holding more than one portfolio collecting 2-3 pay checks monthly. How can a minister function properly? the only function they are good at is collecting fat paychecks.He is PM, Minister for finance, minister for home affairs… this is pure bullshit to the max

  4. Blacks can’t do police work. Too busy pulling criminal $hit. Get the whites & Brits back into the policing authority, then we’ll start getting somewhere good. Too bad we choose to go independent, now we suffer for our stupidity. We need sophisticated policing, instead we get “mutt & Jeff” police work. Criminals they flourish because our force is a joke.

  5. Most readied minister, all you have to do is take one of the many strategic documents collecting dust and implement the strategy.

    All we need now is action. No more holistic consultation.

  6. T.A.G. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can anyone in this group declare themselves……????????? If you want the administration to be transparent them and only them you door for communication will open…..

  7. Ummm. TAG elections finish already so you can stop with the campaigning. That being said, no government whether is Flambeau or Labour that in power can stop crime. And stop with the embellishment, that shooting didn’t send no shockwave through the nation. Nice try though at trying to disguise your true agenda as a Cry of help for the nation.

  8. Uhmmmmmmmm, @wee oin, are you saying that the rate of crime in the last four years had to do with politics? AA if it stinks of politics now then probably its the continuation of what people encouraged in the last four years. Are you saying that the master criminal, whose “entry was the most dangerous thing to happen to St. Lucian politics” is now part of the cabinet?

  9. This stinks politics: There may just be covert operations in the planning. The police force his been asked to move swiftly on this. Apprehension of those thugs will certainly ease the tension.

  10. G.W you think the PM fearing for his safety is funny that you are stating “loool”. A homicide in St Lucia every 6 to 7 days is a scary thought but it is our reality. Remember we are reliant on tourism to sustain our economy so if the citizens are fearing for their safety and the PM has to rush to his car with securiry, then tourits will be hesitant to travel to go there. There are many more countries tourists can travel to which do not have homicides taking place every 6 to 7 days.

  11. loool pierre more afraid for his own life, the last time i saw him coming out of his office up water front with three security police around him if you see how fast mate walked to go inside of the vehicle you barely saw it was him walking

  12. The above statement by TAG was well articulated.

    The Prime Minister needs to relinquish the National Security portfolio and have Jeremiah Norbert assume the role.
    We cannot continue with the blatant anarchy in St. Lucia. There needs to be strategic planning by one dedicated representative.

    No nation is devoid of crime but the rate at which lives are being taken is worrisome. The temerity of those criminals is instilling fear in the populace. Measures need to be put in place ASAP.

    I call on PM Pierre for stringent laws to deter those thugs.

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