Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader, Philip J. Pierre, has attended a memorial observance for Randy and Julius Joseph.
“27 years ago on the 7th of October, 1993, two young men from the Mabouya Valley lost their lives while involved in protest action over the sale and marketing of bananas from Saint Lucia to the UK,” Pierre recalled Thursday on his party’s official Facebook page.
He noted that on the spot where Randy Joseph and Julius Joseph fell, a memorial was erected in their honor.
“Yesterday, family and former comrades in the Banana Salvation Committee- the farmers organization- visited the shrine to pay their respects. I felt duty bound to join them, as the SLP at the time, was in strong support of farmers, just as it continues to do today,” Pierre stated.
“Today, I am reminded that there is always room for compromise in this country. I believe that through dialogue and empathy, we will engender greater inclusion so that history is never revisited,” the SLP leader said.
“May Randy and Julius Joseph Rest In Peace,” the Facebook post concluded.