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BREAKING NEWS: SLP plans mass demonstrations against DSH Project in its “current form”

By SLP
SLP rally in 2016.

SLP rally in 2016.

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party reiterates its opposition to the DSH project in its current form and is even more outraged at the proposed Phase 2 of the project which will include the Maria Islands.

The Party believes that if allowed to proceed, the projects will bring untold hardships on the people of the south in particular, as well as our fragile eco-system.

Accordingly, and as part of its sensitization programme the SLP has embarked on a series of Town Hall and Public Meetings island wide to bring the issue to the people. Meetings have already been held in Castries South, Babonneau, Vieux Fort North, Vieux Fort South and Dennery South the people appear uniform in their opposition to these projects. Other meetings are scheduled for Castries South East on:

 Wednesday March 15th, 2017 in Anse La Raye, Gros Islet and Vieux Fort South
 Canaries on Thursday March 16th, 2017
 Choiseul/Saltibus on Friday March 17, 2017
 Soufriere on Wednesday March 22nd, 2017
 & Bocage in Castries East on March 29th, 2017.

Having held successful national public meetings in Vieux Fort South and the Castries Market Steps, the Labour Party will continue mobilization with other meetings planned for Soufriere on Friday March 31st 2017 to be followed closely by meetings in early April in Vieux Fort North, Laborie and a second meeting in Vieux Fort South. The Party intends to thereafter take to the streets in mass demonstrations.

The Allen Chastanet led government has shown it is insensitive to the cries of the people of the country and appears determined to ram down the throats of our citizens without any meaningful consultation, major projects that can significantly transform the lives of the people. From leasing prime lands at $1.00 per acre to the destructions of our eco system at Maria Islands, the Prime Minister continues to show scant regard for the welfare of Saint Lucians

Even whilst Prime Minister Chastanet was assuring Saint Lucians that only a Framework Agreement existed and that negotiations were ongoing, the developer was already clearing lands though no DCA approval had been given and no Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken.

Mere weeks ago, the Prime Minister assured Saint Lucians that Sandy Beach would remain a Nature Park yet within a few days and without any consultation whatsoever he has publicly announced the desecration of not simply Sandy Beach but in addition, the Maria Islands. Even the cries of the St. Lucia National Trust have fallen on deaf ears with Prime Minister seemingly on a journey of no return.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party assures Saint Lucians that it will not stand idly by whilst the government literally gives away our land. This is not a partisan issue but instead one which will negatively impact the vast majority of Saint Lucians. We call on all right-thinking Saint Lucians to stand up for their country and to stand up for their children’s future.

For our part, the Saint Lucia Labour Party will do all within its lawful means to ensure these projects do not proceed in the manner the Prime Minister has described.

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46 comments

  1. Counter Intelligence

    If SLP was genuine in their concern for St.Lucians to have their say on DSH wouldn't they have made it public when they were in power, negotiating it?

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  2. MR. CALVIN, I HAVE MY REASON FOR TYPING IN CAPITAL LETTERS, AND I AM A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR NOT A PUBLIC PROSECUTOR.I WILL WORK FOR ANY ONE AS LONG AS I RECEIVE A RETAINER. ANY FOR YOUR INFORMATION WHAT I UNCOVERED HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF ST. LUCIA , BUT THE PUBLIC MUST BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS WE MAY FACE IN THE FUTURE. I AM NOT TRYING TO SCARE ANY ONE BUT ST LUCIA STANDINGS IS NOT GOOD.

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  3. I've never been a conspiracy theory type person. My preference is chess-playing.

    A two billion dollar project in St. Lucia strictly for enjoying the sun, playing some polo, and betting a few dollars at a casino?

    If you believe that, well then...

    This is about much more than that. Two billion dollars goes a lot towards getting a handsom return on investment (ROI), in a whole lot of places and investment vehicles other than SLU, which begs the case, why SLU?

    Perhaps the project's name, "Pearl of the Caribbean" is a tell regarding the desired outcome, that is , stringing the pearls in the Caribbean, conveniently flanking the United States from a strategic standpoint.

    if so, it's an utterly brilliant move by the project's backers in the long-term.

    Feel free to have a read of the pearl strategy:

    http://www.bing.com/search?q=chinese+pearl+strategy&FORM=IE8SRC

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  4. Is this not the very same misguided bunch, that marched for a 16% increase in salary for the public servants? But after this, did this not push this country into dire straights to pay more expensive dollars in dollar-denominated sovereign loans, with cheaper currencies, but nonetheless, hard-earned intakes of capital inflows from Europe, including England?

    Did the Saint Lucian economy not spiral into an economic recession from which we have not yet recovered? Aren't some businesses still being closed, throwing some into unemployment? How many new business start-ups are replacing these closures?

    Is this myopic bunch called a party, worthy of your time and energy to follow them into the streets again? Fool me once; shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me.

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  5. I AM NOT A LABOUR OR UWP SUPPORTER, I AM A ST.LUCIAN WHO HAS SPENT THE LAST 35 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. I AM AN EX-POLICE OFFICER FROM ST.LUCIA AND NOW A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WHO DOES BUSINESS FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES GLOBAL. THE REASON I AM TELLING YOU THIS IS BECAUSE I HAVE LOOKED INTO THE D.S.H PROJECT AND IF IT CONTINUE TO MATERIALIZE , ST LUCIA IS FINISH. I WANT ST. LUCIA TO KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT AN INVESTMENT , AND THE DEVELOPER HAS NOTHING TO LOOSE. PLEASE THINK OF YOUR CHILDREN, AND YOUR CHILDREN, CHILDREN PLEASE. STOP THIS MADNESS NOW.

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    • With all due respect, Victor, being a former police officer and now private investigator does not make you, solely on that basis, a qualified business analyst.

      Further, you infer that, due to your background, you haave accessed information unavailable to others, and potentially damaging with respect to the nation's interests.

      If, in fact, that is the case, we trust that your sense of truth, justice, and integrity will result in your full and complete disclosure of the aforementioned information. You owe that to all St. Lucians, who will be grateful to you.

      As it reads now, presently they are simply veiled and unsubstantiated allegations/inferences/scare-mongering, and, for whatever unknown reason, typed in capital letters. St. Lucians deserve better.

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  6. My people it is healthy that we debate the merits and demerits of this project without political bias.
    Ultimately we must do and support what is right for the nation as our priority. Avoid manipulation by the political parties they

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  7. The government laughing at SLP denying development HUH, I would have call election on June 6 and get the six seats they have.

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  8. Before anyone comments please read the whole comment.

    I will not lie and say I am not an SLP supporter...

    The ideal thing is that a non-political entity protest DSH.

    But nonetheless...

    I just don't get it... You would think that with DSH being on the news and the information concerning it freely available out there, anyone with a logical mind can see that IN ITS PRESENT FORM, DSH is a mess. Politics or not, it is much too risky.

    You want to talk about what an ACTUAL investment is? An investment is one in which A PRIVATE company INVESTING over ONE MILLION DOLLARS of THEIR own money into a project that would cut electric bills by 25% for the typical st.lucian and create jobs this year. And guess where that 25% would go to? One in which the government only needed to organize land for them. One that they had dropped the ball on. But that aside, This DSH is more like a strategic weapon used to completely destroy countries. Why do you all think that the Taiwanese suspect the Chinese being involved in DSH? The DEVELOPERS (not investors as they haven't put a cent (0.01 XCD) ) can just make the project fail and get 2 billion within 90 days. Then they come back and literally buy st.lucia.

    There are no checks and balances for DSH. Stop thinking about jobs so much that we are literally selling our souls for. If the DSH developers are so confident in this project why is it that they have made it so that they have nothing to lose. Think about it... How many of us are willing to pay a doctor to do surgery on us and when something goes wrong he can just raise his arms and say that you knew what you were getting into and can walk away. And he walks away with our heart, kidneys, liver and may then try to sell it back to use.

    How many of the people here are willing to get on a bus without any brakes.

    Then DSH has the audacity to involve the maria islands. That like pissing in our faces. It has some unique things to St.lcuia.

    How many people can say that they have the world's rarest snake? People talk about st.lucian pride but from seeing these comments, its people don't know what to be proud about... That I know. SLP UWP blah! Seriously 2 billion dollars is around TWICE our budget for a year and all that money is going to a few set of people! Why do you think Jack Lam ,Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribery and economic sabotage by the Duterte administration, wants in on this? Note I just google half of that last sentence. Note the words ECONOMIC SABOTAGE! And why would any reputable businessman partner with a wanted criminal? Why would the government even have...

    You know what? Please guys, just find the truth. The pearl of the caribbean is a dream. Even if it does happen to be true, it certainly isn't going to our pockets. There is a saying, if it's too good to be true, it probably isn't. At the very least, they should deposit the money in a st.lucian account. It is our money anyway.

    Oh yeah, and if the chinese begin to use our passports as a gateway to take over the oecs, the other countries may try to move us out. I say this last statement without proof but, I can only see this being done. I would do the same if anyother country threated my econormic viability.

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  9. This is just a political thing! While I have serious reservations about this DSH project which of course I do not support, I hate the political theatrics being played here. I wish politicians and their hacks would keep quiet for a while and allow us to handle this matter.

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  10. No one has mentioned about the project at Praslin and the nature trail/ species that vanished before our eyes. Oops they forgot. The haunting evidence is still there. So look who's talking

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  11. Am in full support of the dsh project .I believe the slp playing politics with this can anyone remember the airport project where is it today again labour is to blame so dsh take that.

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  12. Exactly. Where is the demonstration about crime and 19 homicides for the year so far.

    But its desperation time and SLP not keen on safety in the country. Their real interest is ensuring vieux fort does not develop as their three strongholds in the south, alredy shaky, might just go. Truth be told

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  13. Think people, Think

    SLU, when you have bills to pay and your family to feed, the mongoose at Maria Islands and the species will offer you a dollar. For hundreds of years, the species have come and gone, human beings come and go. When one specie goes another will come. The people who want to protest, how many of them have a heart for animals, species, birds, wildlife, etc. Some of them hear things and they in it too, while their children and families cannot make ends meet. Think people.
    The rich will always be rich and we the poor will continue to remain poor. We have an opportunity to better our lives and that of our future generation. Nothing changes until we change. 20 years later and we will be in the same boat if we don't change, think people think

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    • Your ignorance is so funny lol

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    • What employment will be gained by linking VF to Maria Island? Doing a project for such a time ( with the majority of workers being Chinese )
      It seems they will want to sell Maria Island just now.

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  14. Scrap the extension of land...and revise this buy back the land policy...we shouldn't have to return your money buy purchasing the land you acquired in the first place on leasing terms... Thats propesturous...

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  15. I for one refuse to wear any political colours! This is a national crisis. For the number of Lawyers that's in Cabinet I expect them to file an Injunction. Kenny where are you? They say you not dead. Put that law degree to work. Richard with all your leaked documents I expected you to file a lawsuit. I not finishing my shoe matching and tomorrow all of you'll smiling with each other. We need to hold those Politicians accountable!

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  16. It can be improved in a way, not to damage the Ecosystem, retain and scientifically improve
    the way things have always been, so that visitors (like myself) may walk across to visit, under escorted
    groups (limited @ about) ten or less at a time. See the way it is done in a civilized way at the Volcano
    in Soufriere, with no fuss. You will need Guides so start a new educational course right away. Always look at the bright side, and never at the ugly negative. Remove the fear and turn things to benefit ourselves.

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  17. Am I reading right, the Headlines read one thing; however the content says something else. What am I missing here? BREAKING NEWS: SLP plans mass demonstrations against DSH Project in its “current form” Nowhere is this press release does it say that they are planning a mass protest, in fact what this is saying "The SLP will be holding meeting at various places, or has held meetings. I think it is time the S.L.P. organised a mass demonstration island wide. As I have said before if we have to shut down the island, so be it. It is time for action and stop with all the talking because these people are pushing on with this deal whilst we play with our thumbs.

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  18. this has to be a boldface lie "destruction of our eco system at Maria Islands" that place is a nature reserve which is protected, there are alot of rare animals there so i dont think the pm will be stupid enough as to allow destruction of that place. these slp people hungry for power and vex kenny not there to impose more tax on poor people so they can get rich. when kenny was imposing vat yall didnt want people to march against it yall didnt want people to march against that greenberg fiasco not to mention the jufalli one. choops tan.

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  19. I did not know the meeting in Vfort was about that. Well if it was that it was a big failure. It was weak. The DSH project as it is, is 100 times better than the what was proposed on the so-called Comfort Letter which was agreed upon in the SLP cabinet and signed by Kenny. You guys think we are damn fools. I am a supporter of DSH but I am not in favor of the causeway to Maria Islet. Just like in phase 1, we were not in support of the marina in the mangrove and the plan was changed, we are expecting the govt to change this plan also. However, the overall phase 2 of the project will create a massive job opportunity for the south especially self employed job.

    VIEUX FORT "THE PEARL OF THE CARIBBEAN"
    BOOM - TAKE THAT

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  20. We need the opposition to requisition an INDEPENDANT E.I.A by a renowned international body. Stop pussy footing for political mileage. Show us that you are really interested.
    Give DSH an alternative plan without high rises plz.
    Let's move on positively.

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  21. Even though DSH doesn't materialise, the government will be in the good books for at least trying something, something different...

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  22. Go demonstrate bout crime instead of dsh

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  23. We dont need politics we need jobs?

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  24. I have never seen the rear animals on Maria islet the racer or the whip tail an the way things goin looks like I may soon have to pay to see them when all is said and done I don't like the project I love nature an I believe anything keeping our country unique should be kept intact for the future generations the ppl in charge of the islet should have dun more to bring notice to it and open it up into an proper reserve where the animals could have been viewed an bring in some revenue as well as educating the public but now it's gone its dejavue like when Columbus came

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  25. I find that the DSH Chinese are too bold to want to continue with their scheme knowing that the previous administration was opposed to aspects of the project which is now in approval, and the disruption of people's livelihood which they can cause with this project, as well as the massive opposition there is to it. This boils down to interference of our internal affairs For this reason I will join the fight regardless of who organizes it,

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    • You mean your government really boldly stupid because if you don't give me the go ahead I cannot take what is yours. Our PM sold us out for kaka shooval!

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  26. With all that talk and protest why dont they take this to court. file an injunction in the courts to stop the project. to me i believe its just smoke with no flames. wont even leave my work to attend.

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  27. Why do they have to make everything in this country about politics.
    I always said that if there wasa demonstration against the DSh I would attend seeing that the issues impacting the environment was an issue which would inpact everyone.

    Right now all I am seeing is political figures taking advantage of this to further their political gain.
    Why cant an anonymous demonstration organized, why does it have to be about politics, aren't thirany more NGO groups in this country.

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  28. CHRISTOPHER HUNTED DSH BABY

    When you are out there in opposition and the bills cant get paid. Stop taking mortgages and audis on your party's account.

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  29. To every action there is a reaction. Everybody want money in their pocket ching ching ching. I myself would LOVE a little change in my pocket BUT at what cost. We have to ask ourselves this question "this DSH Project... people " did they decide to come here to benefit" The people " or did they come here to benefit from the us. This land dont belong to us we have no right to sell it we are not SAINT LUCIANS we just happen to be born here "it's a privilege I'm sure. life is short.. How many of you reading this have 50+ years more to go the land remains though it is not ours to keep we have to protect it for coming generations. This project could be the best thing thing that happen to St. Lucia i don't know only time will tell. One thing I want to Say to the opposition i know your job is to oppose do what you have to do but at de end of the day Majority rule or those who disapprove

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    • To every action there is a reaction. Everybody want money in their pocket ching ching ching. I myself would LOVE a little change in my pocket BUT at what cost. We have to ask ourselves this question "this DSH Project... people " did they decide to come here to benefit" The people " or did they come here to benefit from the us. This land dont belong to us we have no right to sell it we are not SAINT LUCIANS we just happen to be born here "it's a privilege I'm sure. life is short.. How many of you reading this have 50+ years more to go the land remains though it is not ours to keep we have to protect it for coming generations. This project could be the best thing thing that happen to St. Lucia i don't know only time will tell. One thing I want to Say to the opposition i know your job is to oppose do what you have to do but at de end of the day Majority rule for those who approve or... who disapprove majority rules and by that I mean the majority of the people

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  30. Once is SLP and not National Trust then I NOT IN THAT........... This thing should not be politicized period!!!

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    • Truthfully speaking...if they make this a political ball game..then st.lucia has more direction-less, mindless, lacking of vision, incapable of decision making, follow the leader type of idiotic types than i initially thought.

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      • Since when SLP consulted on anything. This discussion would not have been tolerated by Kenny Anthony. Grynberg... Still waiting for an answer or an apology.

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    • Agreed. ... then SLP leader lost the election and disappear for months ...DSH has giving them ammunition to destabilize the present administration. ..All of them converging- Kenny-Alva Baptist - Musa- etc ... we need genuine concerned citizens to protest . PERIOD !!!!

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  31. One word comes to mind: spineless.
    The SLP administration had the project on their desk first and could have played "offense" with it. Unfortunately, now, all you do is play defense by criticizing the other side.
    You should have lead the way but there again, it's easier to criticize the one that is getting it done (or trying to). You prefer "staying in the shade while telling the one in the blazing sun how to get his job".

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  32. It's too late PM already made up his mind

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    • SLP SUPPORTERS MOST OF THEM ARE BRAIN DEAD AND THICK,UNEDUATED AND ALLOWING THE OPPOSITION TO RULE THEY LIFE.

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