Dr. Anthony calls arrest of Vieux Fort men an attack on free speech

By SLP

(PRESS RELEASE) – Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has expressed disbelief that two young Vieux-Fortians who expressed their frustration with the Allen Chastanet Administration especially over their treatment of the Vieux Fort South Constituency were arrested and charged last weekend.

The Parliamentary Representative says what is more outrageous is that the young men in question have been asked to record a video apologizing for their criticism of Allen Chastanet and the UWP, if they wish to avoid prosecution. It is alleged that the arrests and requests for the apology are instructions from the authorities.

Dr. Kenny Anthony

According to Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony, “it is simply wrong to use police officers to intimidate those, who for one reason or other, engage in political dissent by criticizing the UWP Leader and the Ministers of his Government. Saint Lucia has a culture of freedom of expression on all matters, particularly those who express political opinions and that must be protected. Citizens should be free to disagree with the government and to speak out about the neglect and difficulties currently being faced in the country.”

Dr. Kenny D. Anthony says that he “strongly condemns the charges laid against the young men in question. This is a very dangerous development with implications to all citizens who use the social media to express their political opinions on issues facing the country. So serious is this matter that I encourage members of the public to contribute to a “Defence Fund,” details of which I shall provide later, to assist the young men to meet their legal expenses.”

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  3. The SLP send them...little criminals,you can see their character...Kenny leather face Anthony ask him about the crimes going on in St.Lucia because he know...Political influence this is why guns on the streets politicians armi g gangs drug dealers and killers with guns...I solemnly believe that Drugs Guns and Crimes are all politically connected...When Kenny leather face Anthony was wiped out of office he should have left trouble alone,but he continues to stir fire when food ah cook...But God never lie yet.Go on Kenny Go on...Son of a bitch.That Stature you have of you,that satan voodoo stature the Haitian them put spirit on Amos.. yeah not the one in the bible the people of Vieux Fort need to bulldozer it with all your evil spirits roaming in St.Lucia...You'll wonder why so much crime and miseryEvil spirits them Kenny leather face Anthony own and his Demons them.

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    • sharon terell did you read what you wrote how dumb can you be cant u see no government can stop crime you being a total asshole about this situation and do u know these young men to label them as little criminals these same " litle criminals that voted for them to be there and not getting what they want they have the right to express their dissatisfaction so STFU

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  5. Soon the u.s will get involved for alleged breach of human rights

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    • Humanrights.com

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  7. When I last check we live in a free country not a communist country that's some real bull shit .

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  9. They need to go and solve the murder crimes that are taking place on the Is land..i see on tv all the time in the us people are cursibg at police officer's right. before they face's.

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  11. what about the dick challenge freestyle by the SALCC girls..I guess it was their freedom of speech to sing to the world in uniform...any updates?

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  13. GO TO HELL KENNY BECOZ NO ONE IS LISTENING TO YOUR CRAP AND PLEASE GO BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK

    U ARE DOUBLE STANDARD

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  15. GO TO HELL KENNY BECOZ NO ONE LISTENING TO U

    U ARE DOUBLE STANDARD

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  17. And it's people like all of you commenters who aid in the downfall of the nation ...

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  19. And it's people like all of you commenters who aid in the downfall of the nation ...

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  21. Kenny Anthony, not building the st.Judea hospital after fives years as prime minister and district representative for vieux fort is considered as a brutal attack on health care, why don't u admit that.

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  23. Is this not the same Kenny who asked the COP to arrest as Special Police Constable in Anse La Raye for speaking his mind near an SLP political meeting? Oh how things change when he is in opposition. I hope this man never returns to the helm of the SLP.

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  25. AA. KEKEN. so many people you take to court for free speech already. You suffering from dementia or Alzheimer. You forget which one too. Lol

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  27. Kenny Anthony? Spending five years in office as prime minister and district representative for vieux fort and not building the st.Judea hospital, why don't you call that an attack on people health care? Why don't you. Go back an hide ur head in a Pitt, u shameless, useless politician.

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  29. What has amazed me is the thinking of some that what the youths were saying about Assou Square in the south is wrong. I have been to both Assou Square in the North and in the South this past Christmas and Assou Square in the South was nothing compared to the one in the North it was as if the people of Vieux Fort and the south were second class citizens. One could have easily make the assertion that their were two different St Lucia. I had guest that were visiting St Lucia for the holidays and I took them to the Square in the south and it was an embarrassment to say the least, this how we decided on going up North on day two and to my surprise I met so many of my friends and neighbors from the south that were there due to the lack luster of Assou Square in the Vieux Fort. My question is if you are the new"government of the people" and you would like to show a "difference", why was (is) the same amount of energy organizing and funding that goes into Asso Square in the North did not go or never goes to the Square in the south. Someone please enlighten me, do the people in the North pay more taxes than Southerners. I comment the youths for speaking up.

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    • Don't forget vfort is one that didn't vote for the gov't of the day..why the hell they crying?.they Need to stay in the back and eat the crumbs.

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      • even if vfort didnt vote the admin of the day in..all should be treated equally. Tax payers including VAT payers are taxed the same island wide..
        Maybe the guy came around to hostile in delivering his cry however it was just to obvious to see the difference in days and the set up at the points of assou square. Half days for vfort?? cmon..
        And its most decentralised activities as well take for instance carnival...
        things are just to red and yellow on the island..vote for me and you get work...or i remember you in the opposition campaigne..you are now fired....If we cant come out of this mental slavery shit..then i demand emancipitaion day not be given as a holiday..Bare nonesense

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      • Is has nothing to do with who voted for who, at the end of the we all are St Lucia. So get over this politics crap.

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    • ask kenny

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    • you stick with Kenny and you die with Kenny. enjoy it slp

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  31. Depi Kenny parlay adah zort whole cor zort ka gwatay zort. Some of u people have no shame. I have heard worse things coming from the UWP side mais zort ka pweh tablet moo moo. Chastanet said most men have a pre school education and called people barking dogs but y’all took that one well eh? Cause of course every word out of his mouth is purer than gold. Lucians stay in y’all misery and slave mentality tan. Although I agree that the expletives used in the video was not good however those men have every right to be disgusted with the way the country is being run.

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  33. Says the man who had an issue with the media expressing themselves smh

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  35. yes uh i not seeing no one arresting Richard Frederick on his talk show

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  37. Sounds a lot more political than a criminal act on the part of the powers that be. I am not convinced at all that there was criminal intent. You do not have to watch nor to listen. Is this country being led by religious zealots as in the nefarious and murderous DarK Days of the wickedness of the Inquisition, during the brutish Medieval Period of the Roman Catholic Popes, or as during the wanton criminal madness era of the Anglican Church of England?

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    • Whites have a monopoly on brutishness. Said of lynching, which today black people are being increasingly threatened under this new dispensation, in the highly Christian, "civilized" and "cultured" United States of America, "I see trees bearing strange fruit".

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  39. Oh how our thinking changes when the shoe is in the other foot. Can’t believe Dr. Anthony. What these men did was wrong. Has the police took such quick action against Jacob Owen Jules a few years ago, office Peters would have still been alive today. Our country now faces an unprecedented crime wave because we have refused to nip crime at he bud. We have refused to take action against petty crimes and the politicians have refused to take drastic action against certain crime infested areas because this might negatively impact their re-election. Dr. Anthony knows this best. But we will not be fooled by thin skinned politicians who continue to hold the notion that we are are bunch of illiterates. I commend the officers for taking this bold action, as we will only take control of this crime scourge if a zero tolerance approach is adopted.

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  41. Another country that does arrest people for speaking their minds is China. Looks like uwp and blem chas already trying to turn Vieux Fort into China before they arrive. Boh!

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  43. Is this not the same Kenny Anthony who ask two members of the uwp some years ago to delete and apologize to him or face the court for statement they wrote about him on FB

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  45. Such a hypocritical country ...we are all complaining about the disgust of social media and the influence it has on our child and for us to condole such behavior from our ppl on social media it's a shame.we have children watching these thing and circulating them ..they could have express they view in a better manner than that ..so I am in total agreement with the pm ...we must learn

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    • So true....that's what St.Lucians don't realize. But they stick tout the politics side smh

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    • "Disappointed" you should be teaching your child the right thing and monitoring him/her. People should not lose their freedom of speech because you are a lousy parent.

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  47. This is for St Lucia to wake up. Thy sit and talk about others but your own you can't stand for them? What a shame. I saw the news and every thing these 2 guys was saying is right and the have the right to speak what hurting them .there is a lot happening in St Lucia and people just with the mouth shout . You not paying for free speech that given to every one . Emotions granted. The reason why the doing that to the veaux fort people is because the standing up for the rights. May the Lord be with these guys. The don't deserve to be punished. Big shots do wrost and the prime minister do wrost .so tell what the rights to charge these guys and for what? What goes for one goes for all. Take it or leave it.

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  49. If somebody had arrested him already for all his borbol and corruption he wouldn't be talking that BS. Shagweh pouvoir.

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    • winner,winner chicken dinner. Kenny should be arrested for a policy of pure BS. go back to sleep Kenny. no one is listening to you.

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      • Luciaboy, by your obvious nonsensical comments in the blogs, you need to wake up. Perhaps if you wake up then Kenny will be able to relax and go to sleep. It is difficult for sensible people to fall asleep when fools like you refuse to wake up. Hope you smart enough to get the play on wake and sleep.

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  51. I am so disapointed in this statement by Kenny. If a student goes on social media and curses out a teacher or principal and is suspemded or disiplined then the parent can take them to task. What these guys id was wrong. They could have used a different lamguage to express their fustration. So many of our children are on social media. Lucians are too hyprocrite my world. Kenny know very well that CCC controls all it finances incliding taxes so they can afford to do and spend ho they want,but all other councils monies goes to CCC and goverment. He was PM and also a consitutional lawyer at that and he did noting to put vieux fort in the light. Now encouraging young men to set bad example for our young people. I am deeply saden. Also If the authorities demand an apology from these guy to avoid prosecution then low blow.Either you charge or dont charge.

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  53. He called this a "Political Issue" ! day square instead of 3 days is a political issue?

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  55. As usual, KDA is prepared to destabilize the country to bend it to his own selfish motives. He said it fo Richard Frederick, but the label best represents him, (KDA). KDA is the worse thing to EVER enter St Lucia politics.

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  57. Let Kenny pay for their legal defence I'm sure he was tet are tet with them. Poor Kenny hate being a has been.

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  59. Not everybody knows that freedom of speech and expression is NOT an absolute right. These freedoms coincide with the respect for the rights of others not to be maligned or misrepresented. Dr Anthony knows that fully well, as he is the most litigious politician ever. Has he forgotten the epic "Timothy Poleon" saga?

    I will not fall prey to Dr. Anthony's political game. However, i am not informed about the facts of the matter, therefore i will not comment on it yet. Notwithstanding, it is ironic that someone like Dr. Anthony would comment on the suppression of freedom of speech and expression when he has been the epitome of such behavior. Everybody remembers Section 361 of Criminal Code where Dr. Anthony had tried to criminalize defamation of public officers and institutions, a piece of legislation which the UN has condemned and tried to get off the books of repressive States.

    I will not tell people not to investigate, however everything Dr. Anthony says has to be taken with a whole teaspoon of salt. Besides these facts, Dr. Anthony is also a Constitutional lawyer and can represent or find colleagues to represent the individuals if such a story has merit, so why make a plea to people for funding?

    Dr. Anthony, Is this one of your "by any means necessary" distractions for the proposed DSH project? Desperation could be at an all time high and i expect them to be coming now fast and furious from Vieux Fort. BE CAREFUL PEOPLE because i suspect in the coming days it will be made to look like Vieux Fort is the most problematic of all Constituencies. We all know what happens to bananas when the red tank cant get its way.

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    • Wam there,

      You trying to be funny with the "double negatives"?

      Freedom of speech and expression is an absolute human right.

      Only "dek-deks" are unaware of this!

      One cannot find freedom of speech expression if one lives under a totalitarian regime or in a police state.

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      • No it is not because it comes with pre-existing conditions plus a Court can restrict your freedom of speech. An absolute right comes with no conditions nor can any Court deny it such as a the "right to found a family."

        Matter of fact a right to life is not even an absolute right because somebody can kill you in order to prevent you from committing a crime or the Court can sentence you to death.

        So who is the dek-dek? Go read some EU law dek-dek

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    • Such crap and hearsay. “ most litigious politician ever’ where the hell are you getting this info from. Is the statement by the two individuals maligning or misrepresenting what they think as the truth. Restrictions on freedom of speech is not restrictive unless laws have been put in place by countries to control or limit certain situations. Another hit job by someone who has personal issues with Kenny. I’m also not a big fan of Kenny he has done many wrongs, at least you have the freedom to write whatever you want even if there are lots of half truths. Does that make you any different than the two guys voicing their opinions. NO!!!

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  61. Saint Lucia is unraveling to becoming something rather disturbing

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  63. Is it possible for KDA to represent them so they would not have to finance any lawyers fees

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  65. Against Discrimination

    So sad... Jouk Bois, Rick Wayne, Richard Frederick and other big names are on their heads more often and quite frequently, yet the smal time boys from the small town. With no name get arrested ad convicted. Stop the hypocrisy... If these boys get convicted every other big shot who speaks against UWP should also get convicted

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  67. Wow ST Lucia is a socialist country now blocking ppl's views and social expressions. Crazy to hear police being used to help wit political agenders., abuse of power.

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    • Child of king,
      The correct adjective to describe the country is "totalitarian" not "socialist."

      Where did you get your info about socialist countries? Is it from the capitalist countries who have used their military might to plunder naturally wealthy but weaker countries?

      You probably just took the ear-plugs out of your ears, because the proper question to have asked is "when have the police ever stopped aiding the political agenda of an incumbent party, or abused their power in forceful intimidation of citizens?"

      Even this online site practices censorship of any uncomfortable truths about their advertising sponsors. Try reporting on the poor service rendered by the monopolistic C&W!

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  69. IM NOT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED BY EITHER SLP, UWP OR ANY OTHER PPP.... THIS IS ONE TIME I AND MANY OF MY COLLEGES TOTALLLYYY AGREE WITH KENNEY. I HAVE EXPRESSED MY DISBELIEF ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT THE ADVANTAGE TAKEN OF THE TWO GUYSSS ..SMFH * 100...

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  71. IM NOT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED BY EITHER SLP, UWP OR ANY OTHER PPP.... THIS IS ONE TIME I AND MANY OF MY COLLEGES TOTALLLYYY AGREE WITH KENNEY. I HAVE EXPRESSED MY DISBELIEF ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT THE ADVANTAGE TAKEN OF THE TWO GUYSSS ..SMFH * 100...

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    • While I agree with Kenny there is one loint youade thats very troubling and to be honest I could have never pictured in that light by begging the poor people of this country to contribute to a defense fund to provide legal services for those guys....but kenny the likes of these guys are the the ones who kept you in.power for all these years dUring this time u amassed a fair amount of wealth while they suffered yet today you have the audacity to insist on payment to provide legal sevices to them in a constitutional matter....SMH

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    • SABA, watch it. I hear the police have created a squad to come up with a dictionary of acronyms and abbreviations that are used on WhatsApp and Facebook. You might be arrested and charge for using SMFH. Now that will be 100 charges. LMAO. Lol

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