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The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) will be delivering a petition signed by 70 inmates of the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) who have been on remand for five or more years, to the government.
Political leader of the LPM Therold Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that his party received a letter along with the petition this week, which is seeking the LPM’s help in highlighting this issue.
Prudent said he will deliver the letter on Thursday, October 8, 2015, to Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony. This is the date set aside for the LPM’s planned protest march which is scheduled to take place in Castries.
The LPM march was organised to protest the government’s poor response to the struggling judicial system, high unemployment; especially among youths, and high incidence of serious crimes, among others.
“We know that it is a violation of human rights to have someone on remand for that long and not being able to offer closure to the victims, which is more important is also a major concern,” he explained.
Prudent also reiterated that the LPM will be delivering résumés of those affected by unemployment during the march. The LPM team will hand deliver these résumés to the prime minister himself.
While Prudent could not state how many persons are confirmed for the protest march, he said he is optimistic that it will attract persons from all walks of life and political background.
The march will commence at 4:00 p.m. at the Vigie Playfield and will make a short stop at the Office of the Prime Minister, before ending at the Derek Walcott Square for a public meeting.