PRESS RELEASE: SLP vows to fight all attempts by UWP to stifle free speech

By St. Lucia Labour Party

slpThe Saint Lucia Labour Party takes the rest of its contributions to the 2017/18 Budget debate to a grand National Public Meeting to be held today, Tuesday 27th June at the Castries Market Steps starting at 7.30 p.m.

The meeting will feature presentations by Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste and Hon. Shawn Edward, the three Labour Parliamentarians who were denied the opportunity to speak at the resumption of the budget debate following a 40-day postponement.

Political Leader Hon. Philip J. Pierre and Deputy Political Leader, Hon. Alva Baptiste will also address issues of serious concern to the citizens of the country.

The Labour Party is of the view that the arbitrary and abrupt end of the debate by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Allen Chastanet, was a malicious and spiteful act which deprived the citizens of the country the opportunity to hear both the rest of the Opposition’s contributions to the debate, as well as explanations from four senior government ministers, as to what should be expected from their respective ministries from moneys assigned to them in the 2017-2018 budget.

The SLP has vowed to mount the most aggressive opposition to attempts by the government to stifle free expression in the country.

The SLP sees intolerance to free speech in the behavior of government, demonstrated in direct attacks or innuendo towards several persons and organizations, including the church, who have questioned some of their decisions and policies.

The government’s vindictive attitude has also manifested itself in the dismissal and suspension of professionals who may have advised against the danger inherent in some of the government’s actions.

Tonight’s Market Steps meeting will also expose new developments in some of the decisions of the Chastanet Administration, including the DSH fiasco, changes to the CIP regulations, plans to relocate the cultural center and who is to benefit.

The SLP promises to expose more on the sinister OJO Labs deal and special financial allocations from the country’s treasury to benefit family and friends of the UWP.

 

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5 comments

  1. The red star has red blood on its hands. It did nothing for the youth. The people with titles had and still have no vision. They under 40s are actively trying to kill each other everyday. But look at how busy those in the red star party are. They are just trying to make headlines. To them what is all that is happening is one big joke. So why not just make headlines out of it.

    Meanwhile, the continuing struggle within the SLP boss title continues out in the open. Each contestant is fighting to make the biggest headline.

    Now this has become quite a laughing matter. How so? It is now an open secret that the emperor is now considering retaking the crown.

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  2. The following comments are made in an entirely non-partisan way that considers that we live in a highly functional democracy and with a government that was given a distinct majority in the last election to govern.

    Clearly, the SLP has chosen to ignore the fact that there is a very, very large difference between a "National Public Meeting" and a simple **populist mob political rally** with a few partisan speakers that are there to simply rev up a crowd. If it is truly a "National Public Meeting", then why are there not representatives from both parties not invited to speak? Also, as a national meeting, will there be microphones in the crowd for attendees to ask their questions, as is what happens at true meetings?

    It's truly unfortunate that the SLP thinks that they can bamboozle and think that they can get a googly past the intelligent people of St. Lucia so easily.

    The Press Release states, in part:

    "...to a grand National Public Meeting...".
    ~~~ Wow, a "grand" meeting, this one is obviously must be something truly special and distinct to warrant use of such an adjective to hype it, at least in the minds of the organizers.

    "The SLP has vowed to mount the most aggressive opposition to attempts by the government to stifle free expression in the country."
    ~~~ "...the most aggressive opposition..." One would hope that the SLP is not alluding in a veiled way to stirring and otherwise fueling social unrest.
    ~~~ ""...stifle the expression of free speech in the country." Perhaps the SLP needs to give wake up to reality and cease and desist from attempting to hijack and impose a hopeless and selfishly populist agenda on an electorate that has already made their decision. Also, the last time one looked, there has been no stifling of free speech. The "grand" National Public meeting will be held. Also, **more importantly***, any one of us can contact our elected officials directly to express our support, concerns, or simply seek further information so as to become as informed as possible --- each and every one of us being able to make our own decisions independent of having to go to a street meeting and succumb to what can very easily become a gang mentality.

    ~~~ Our nation has enough issues with gangs, we do not need to be going to political marches where use of that tactic may also exist.

    ~~~ Again, that is the wonderful thing about living in a democracy --- we can each and every one telephone, e-mail, or contact in person our elected representatives seeking the information that we each are looking for.

    "The SLP sees intolerance to free speech in the behavior of government, demonstrated in direct attacks or innuendo towards several persons and organizations, including the church, who have questioned some of their decisions and policies."
    ~~~ Direct attacks or innuendo towards the church? First off, which "church"? There are several religions peacefully co-exiting in our nation, so the particular faith needs to be specifically identified rather than a blanket, unfair accusation be made.
    ~~~ Similarly, for the purposes of accountability and credibility of the press release, identify specifically "the... persons and organizations".
    ~~~ Lastly, the Roman Catholic clergy were the ones to wade into the political fray with their open letter. From the standpoint of fundamental democratic principles, for which the release's authors might need an orientation in, they place themselves on a very, very slippery and disappointingly undemocratic slope if they are implying that there should not be the fundamental 'separation of church and state'. It is the Roman catholic church that chose to breach this cardinal principle, not the present government. lack of separation between church and states lowers our nation to the authoritarian level of several nations in the Middle East and North Africa, and we see the resulting social unrest and basic violations of human rights in those nations that accompany when church and state are not separate. Perhaps the SLP might want to familiarize themselves with what exactly the definitions of 'sectarianism' ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sectarianism ) and 'pluralism' ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluralism ) are.

    "The SLP promises to expose more on the sinister OJO Labs deal and special financial allocations from the country’s treasury to benefit family and friends of the UWP."
    ~~~ Seriously, is the SLP trying to juice attendance numbers for a sports event or some type of hyped reality TV, American trash TV, or Hollywood gossip TV show?
    ~~~ This tactic demonstrates a distastefully condescending perception of the intelligence of the people of St. Lucia. Does the SLP seriously think that sinking to the trash level of tempting meeting attendees with the promise of allegedly politically salacious revelations is the only way that people will come out and listen to them. Perhaps Michelle Obama said it best, "When they aim low, we aim high". Having a "National Public Meeting" is one thing --- that is part of democracy, and should be positioning as building public awareness and fostering dialogue . If it is truly a "National Public Meeting", then why are there not representatives from both parties not invited to speak?

    As earlier stated, there is a very, very large difference between a "National Public Meeting" and a populist political rally.

    Again, it's unfortunate that the SLP thinks that they can bamboozle and think that they can get a googly past the intelligent people of St. Lucia so easily.

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  3. if it is like all their other promises, then nothing will happen

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  4. Which stifle Pip Pierre? You all had extended time to speak but deliberately prefered the market steps. If speech was stifled in St. Lucia you would not be able to go to the market steps.

    When you want to talk about stifle remember what the Speaker Foster did to Guy Joseph. Yopu all sat silent and enjoyed the humiliation of Guy Joseph by Foster. Did any of you think of dissuading Foster.

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  5. Well, well, well. Which group of two-faced liars passed legislation to muzzle the press? Not one member of cabinet objected. If your memory is bad, ask RW.

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