The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has praised fishers for standing up to what was described as the dictatorial action of the Prime Minister and his Government.
It came as fishers Thursday set out to sea, after the Allen Chastanet administration revoked a Statutory Instrument suspending commercial fishing for one week.
The government said the move was intended to stop people entering Saint Lucia illegally from Martinique, which is currently experiencing a three-week COVID-19 lockdown.
The feeling was that individuals seeking to escape the restrictions in the French overseas territory would enter Saint Lucia through the back door and likely increase the spread of the virus here.
But the government revoked the suspension placed on local fishers after a meeting on Tuesday, during which several other measures were mutually agreed.
The SLP said said Thursday on its official Facebook page that it compliments the fishing community for standing up to the dictatorial action of the Prime Minister and his Government and forcing them to reverse a policy that would have further damaged the economic livelihoods of a significant sector of the community.
The opposition party recalled that it had called for Statutory Instrument 165A to be revoked.
the SLP declared that it will continue to stand with with the fisher folk because the party is committed to putting people first.
“This incident has underscored the value of consultation with the people as a vital element of good governance- something which seems to have been anathema to this Prime Minister since he assumed office,” the party asserted.
“In that regard the Saint Lucia Labour Party again calls on the Government for meaningful engagement with all relevant stakeholders to arrive at more sensible, effective and non-discriminatory policies to combat the COVID- 19 Pandemic,” the SLP stated on its official Facebook page.
Headline photo courtesy SLP Facebook page