The Lucian People Movement (LPM) is set to embark on a mass protest against the government for its failure to address unemployment, crime and the state of the judicial system.
Leader of the LPM Therold Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Thursday, August 27, that this plan will be solidified when the executive meets on Sunday, September 6.
However, the party executives already have their eyes set on executing this mass protest sometime in late September or early October, Prudent explained.
“We are hoping that the march will bring together a wide range of people, both young and old, who have issues with the justice system and unemployment in this country,” he stated.
Prudent said the party will ask all those affected by the unemployment issue here, to submit their résumés to the LPM headquarters in Gros-Islet.
He said, “The aim is, as the march passes the prime minister’s office, we will stop briefly to allow myself and the leadership of the LPM to go into the office and hand him the résumés.”
The political leader said this will be done in a respectful manner, but noted that the objective is to “drive the message” that Saint Lucians are fed up with the way things are in the country.
The LPM has long criticised the government for its economic policies and not addressing keys issues such as: crime, youth unemployment and judicial reform, among others.
The party had launched an online petition aimed at highlighting the magnitude of the problem and has so far received overwhelming support from many Saint Lucians.
The LPM believes that Saint Lucia is teetering on the verge of a human resource development tragedy if its present course is not remedied with quick and aggressive action.
Statistics suggest that Saint Lucia’s unemployment figures have risen to 24.9 percent and that almost 50 percent of youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years are unemployed.
On the other hand, crime increased by nine percent in the first six months of the year, according to statistics released by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
In the serious crimes category, sexual offenses saw the highest spike, jumping to 21 percent. Firearm-related offenses, which include gun-related murders, also saw a sharp increase of eight percent.