LPM to host national consultation on crime

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LPM to host national consultation on crime
Police officers at the scene of a shooting in Faux A Chaud in December 2012.
Police officers at the scene of a shooting in Faux A Chaud in December 2012.

CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has indicated that it will no longer rely on the government to take action to stem the escalation of crime in Saint Lucia.

“After three years of appeal to the United Workers Party when in power and to the current Labour administration of Dr Kenny Anthony, to convene a national consultation on crime that would involve all sectors of society, the LPM and Saint Lucians are fed up,” said Therold Prudent, the leader of the LPM.

“If the brutal murders of 143 persons during the period January 2010 – September 9, 2013, have not driven home the realization that the quality of life of Saint Lucians is under siege and is descending into an abyss of deep despair, then nothing will,” said Prudent.

“How can Dr Anthony talk about ‘better days’ and have the audacity to promise to transform Saint Lucia into an oasis of national pride when the foundation of national unity, societal discipline and the tranquility that has served as the basis for promoting the country to the rest of the world as an ‘island paradise’ is crumbling beneath our feet?” he asked.

The truth, the LPM leader said, is very clear, “While on the surface, Saint Lucia is a happy and stable society, there is an undercurrent of tremendous personal hardship and misery, compounded by an enormous wave of criminal activities that have never before been seen in the history of Saint Lucia. The outside world is oblivious of these issues and it is time to end the political hypocrisy and take the appropriate steps to fix the country.”

According to Prudent, “The LPM intends to commence a national dialogue with the many frustrated and disenfranchised youths, their parents, the business establishment, the media, law enforcement, religious institutions, farmers, teachers, nurses and other professionals, the families of the deceased and other victims of crime.”

The national consultation on crime is tentatively slated to convene in early 2014, and will be held over two days.

Prudent stated that the convening of a national consultation on crime would allow the people to voice their opinion on issues that affect their personal safety, national security and economic well-being.

“The LPM is appealing to the people of Saint Lucia to get involved and to support this very worthy initiative, which is aimed at restoring order and respect to safeguard the island’s reputation in the eyes of the world,” he said.

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  1. thats so sad the crime rate in a country so small and low population . ottawa so far 8 murders in 2013.come on let your voices be heard speak up.lets do something before its too late.

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  2. Anyone who is against the LPM effort to combat crime cannot tell me they love the country. Hell no!! I did not vote LPM but I am able to agree with what they are trying to do. It just sickens me everytime I see some people trying to put their colour before the interest of the country. We desperately have to stop this nonsense. I intend to support this whole thing because bullets and theives don't have any party when they chose to strike.

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  3. Earl Bousquet wrote an interesting article called "Reporting Crime" in The Voice News Paper on 01 July 2010. LMP and others should read this article as it is the reality of what is happening in St Lucia.

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    • I know for a fact that both SLP & UWP turn a blind eye when it comes to "White Collar Crime" especially when it involves so called foreign investors. The government on both side collude with these criminals by taking bribes, they also give St Lucian nationality to these criminals. At the end of the day it's the poor people of St Lucia that is suffering, and no one gives a hoot..

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  4. We hear nothing about "White collar crimes" such as forgery, identity theft and those other crimes committed by people wearing ties and suits in banks, government offices and statutory boards or in private companies. In some cases these, White collar crime involve millions or hundreds of thousands of dollars. The media's emphasis seems to be only reporting crimes associated with blue collar people-ordinary working people, unemployed young persons and other regular people.

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  5. Thank you CJ. The problem has been around for many years and has been the subject of too many consultations. My sympathy is with the St. Lucian people and the commissioner… because the guy is really trying without necessary support. His first show of backing would be legislation from the ruling party. One must realize that all along the way, local governments have been missing critical clues to initiate important legislation to stop criminals. Now that they have administered this huge mess, it will take a while to get out of it.

    The point behind tacking huge sentences for illegal gun ownership is simple. (a) It puts the criminals away, and they don’t return until middle age when they are physically slower and more matured (b) It is a serious deterrent, that actually puts pressure on the offender and might create second thoughts (c) Offenders not willing to serve massive time when confronted, might opt for a shoot-out with the police-this is the beauty of the damn thing. Police will have a legal justification for killing those scumbags. Sweet.

    Somewhere along the road, officials have forgotten that tourism is the main revenue and lots of poor people depend upon it for survival.

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  6. The problem did not begin today. It's been around for years. I agree with the LPM. This thing needs careful planing and consultations with the people for it to be a success. Don't let those fools out there push you all to present a half ass consultation. ignore them completely!

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  7. Is there really an LPM?? Where are they??? Is it true they live in New YORK? For real??And they want to rule stlucia by remote control that's is ridiculous.If you want to have a big say come and be part of the struggle and live here.Come back home and face the harsh realities.I am tired of you all opportunists who have axes to grind because one party or the other did not give them certain positions after winning elections.By the way if it is so critical why next year???Prudent stop being a joker!!!

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  8. why wait till 2014, 2013 is far from over, is there when you will get time off from the US, stop jerking St.Lucians come home and face the music stop hiding in the US and pretend you are concern by commenting on issues in St.Lucia put a mouth and self in St.Lucia if you want someday to become the PM big joker

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  9. Did anyone pick up on vernons francois comment yesterday about morne du don? Thevresidents asked him to maintain a police presence in the area because tensions are high and shootings occur when the police leave. He said it was hard because they might get involved and the us were watching. This is our country, we have the problems, we deal with them. We shouldnt have to ask, protect and serve is the order of the day...

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  10. This is not the first consultation on crime. There has been a few by S.L.P., U.W.P and now L.P.M. How is this one going to be different? All parties, while in opposition, hold consultations and then boast they have the solutions to the crime problem . . . ask Labour and UWP! Do, they have the answers?

    Consultations are good but the problem has always been and will always be . . . . wait for it . . . the politics! And I see no different here.

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    • There's never been a national consultation on crime. That's a lie. If you talking about SLP and UWP shooting darts in "show of unity" in the house as consultation on crime, then you are really drunk. Way to go LPM.

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  11. yes please do something 2 protect our people...
    does so called Gangsters should be shot on site
    as long as the police can prove that they careing a firearm....if u cannot protcet the people u should not Goven the Island.

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  12. I applaud the LPM for taking the first step. It's time for St Lucians to start speaking to each other and not at each other. We have a big problem on our hand and it is going to take some heavy lifting to rid ourself of that problem.

    Typical famalies can talk about their problems and find ways to solve it, why can't we the St Lucian family?

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  13. Sounds like a talk shop where after all is said and done...more is said than done. With such a broad array of attendees expect lots of personal stories to tell which will simply eat up the clock. Who are the experts and will they learn something new? Everyone with half a brain know what's afflicting the island. Social issues including parenting, drug retail and lack of opportunities (jobs).

    Instead of passing serious legislation to combat the criminals, we have fluff like anti-gang membership laws on the books. Do the gang members carry some sort of membership card? Those laws are best suited for more affluent countries where prosecutors have the financial resources,technology and access to many institutions. The bread and butter of attacking the criminals here is concentrating on the the road system (road checks) cultivating informers and advertising big rewards...the latter is the old divide and rule. The governments over the years have been missing the obvious...tough, tough sentences for ownership of unregistered firearms and ammunition. We are talking 20 years when/if caught. Set a limit on the blade length for knives...allow permits for longer blades based on occupation. Release with probation the minor drug cases to make room for the hardened criminals. Stop the silly legislation crap because the same thing will occur next year, the next and the next...

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    • SAY FLAMBEAU ARE JUST KAR PARLAY ANH SHI BATESE. SAY MOON SAR LAR REALLY SAN HONTE WEE. MWEN PAR MEM VLEY WATAE ST.LUCI ANCOR. NI VEWEE BARBAD PEE TOE. DANS BANS SAN HONTE AN KOR.

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