National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere has issued a warning to United Workers party (UWP) leader Allen Chastanet that if he encourages a breakdown of law and order, he will be held accountable.
La Corbiniere told the media on Thursday (Jan.14) that Chastanet cannot be “part and parcel” of a crowd that is becoming unruly and say nothing about it, to his followers.
The minister was referring to Tuesday’s sitting of Parliament, where a crowd was seen gathered outside the building shouting and expressing their concerns about issues affecting them and the country.
He said it was a clear misuse of the privilege of being able to have free expression and demonstrate.
La Corbiniere said under no circumstances would he allow this to continue, explaining that law and order will be maintained, even though this could occur again, since the country is heading into an election year.
The minister agrees that things are already heating up and as such, the Commissioner of Police has already been informed about these issues and asked to take action where necessary.
The senator said Chastanet attracts crowds that tend to lead towards a breakdown of law and order, referring to two recent examples at Parliament and at Soufriere.
While he admitted that Chastanet cannot always be in control of what people do, he believes that the political leader has a responsibility to ensure that his followers follow the criminal law.