The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) says frustration is one of the reasons for lawlessness and criminality.
The party made the statement on its official Facebook page.
It declared that the people of Saint Lucia are frustrated.
“They are frustrated when they see a government that does not seem to care for them,” the SLP asserted.
The party pointed to the authorities not allowing small shops to open and ‘sky high’ petrol prices.
As a result of the petrol prices, it noted that minibus drivers and taximen are suffering.
The SLP also noted that there’s a lack of job opportunities.
“There seems to be many people being left behind by this uncaring Allen Chastanet-led UWP government,” the party asserted.
“So this is one of the reasons we are seeing lawlessness and criminality running wild,” the SLP said.
“We are seeing murders and cutlass attacks happening in broad daylight in Castries,” it observed.
The SLP also referred to Sunday night’s incident in Soufriere.
That’s when people at an after curfew ‘carnival like’ event hurled bottles and other missiles at the police.
However, the SLP presented one solution to address the lawlessness.
It urged more money and food relief for people who are suffering due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the party said the solution is not for the government to lower taxes and give privileges to wealthy business owners in the hope that the money will ‘trickle down.’
And in terms of crime and lawlessness, the SLP also urged citizens to do their part.
Therefore, the opposition group called on them to find better ways to resolve conflicts and de-escalate confrontations.
Headline photo: Cutlass attack in Castries on Wednesday, March 10, 2021