Melanius Alphonse of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has called for a thorough investigation of the alleged assault of Chris Dolor at a function held by the ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
The incident has led to further escalation of political tension in Soufriere.
“The savage behaviour allegedly displayed towards Mr. Dolor for courageously expressing his opinion on the poor level of representation which Hon. Harold Dalson has given to the people of Soufriere, falls very short of the guarantees enshrined in the constitution of Saint Lucia,” said Alphonse.
“In fact, not only is this kind of behaviour absurd, but also if proven true, may well signal a return to the turbulent years of 1979 to 1982 when citizens opposed to the Saint Lucia Labour Party were brutalized and forced into silence,” he said.
According to Alphonse, “As a people, we can’t afford to revisit the very dark period in the history of our nation when huge portions of the Saint Lucian citizenry lived in fear.”
“Therefore, while it is important that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force carry out a thorough investigation of the incident, the leadership of the LPM is in consultation to decide whether the matter warrants the attention of the International Human Rights Commission,” he added.
“Saint Lucians, no matter what their political affiliation must continue to have the right to free assembly and political expression without any fear of retaliation,” he concluded.