The former leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has described as ‘unfortunate’, the decision of the United States to impose sanctions on Venezuela.
Prudent has warned that given the current level of suffering in the South American state, criminal activity will only increase.
“This will reverberate to Islands and countries in the Caribbean, especially Saint Lucia where we already have issues in terms of criminal activities, drugs and these sorts of problems,” he told St Lucia Times.
“I believe it is a very destabilising measure taken by the United States and it is very sad that they would impose those sanctions, yet still those sanctions do not prohibit US companies from buying from Venezuela. The only thing that they want to ensure is after they purchase the oil, they -the United States, can decide where the money is going to go,” Prudent stated.
He expressed the view that in Washington’s quest to remove President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is exacerbating the suffering of the poor people of Venezuela.
“There is a better way for the United States to have handled this situation than to take the people of Venezuela hostage in a quest to remove a government from office,” Prudent, who this week announced plans to dissolve the LPM and join the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), told St Lucia Times.
He recalled that his position has always been that the Venezuela issue is an internal one which must be settled by the people of the country and not outside forces.
Prudent also recalled having expressed the view that Saint Lucia’s vote not to recognise President Maduro was out of place.
Saint Lucia has held that the electoral process that saw Maduro winning a second term in office (2019 – 2025) was illegitimate.
“It was the place of the people of Venezuela to recognise their destiny,” Prudent asserted.
He felt that Saint Lucia’s position on Venezuela was ‘orchestrated’ by the United States.