Saint Lucia National Trust Denied Permission For Demonstration

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The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) says the police have denied the organisation permission for a peaceful demonstration on Monday.

At issue in the planned demonstration was the SLNT’s disappointment over the decision of the Allen Chastanet administration to lease the Queen’s Chain to Cabot Saint Lucia for 75 years.

“We applied for permission but the permission was denied,” SLNT Director, Bishnu Tulsie told St Lucia Times in regard to the demonstration which was going to take place outside the Greaham Louisy Administrative Building at the Castries waterfront.

He said the SLNT was quite disappointed that civil society is not being allowed to  to protest the decisions of cabinet over which they have an issue.

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Tulsie expressed the view that people should have a right to petition their government peacefully when they have an issue they want to address.

“We believe the government does not wish to have anyone question its decisions,” the SLNT Director asserted.

In a statement last week, the SLNT  asserted that the particular sections Cabinet decided to lease to Cabot Saint Lucia and the adjacent beaches are used extensively by Saint Lucians and visitors to the island for sea bathing, beach picnics and other such activities, including restaurants and bars such as Marjorie’s Beach Restaurant and Bar, which it declared has become a staple in the tourism experience.

The area is also a significant pre-Colombian archaeological site with an Amerindian burial ground, and relics and artifacts that tell the story of our past generations, the SLNT observed.

Physical Planning Minister Herold Stanislas earlier this week told St Lucia Times that no beaches were leased to Cabot.

“All the beaches on the Island remain public so that citizen have unlimited access to the beaches. There should not be any impediments of our citizens for the use of our beaches for recreational purposes,” he explained.

 

 

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