Quarry tragedy – a moment to cast aside our differences, says former PM

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Quarry tragedy – a moment to cast aside our differences, says former PM
Kenny Anthony
Dr. Kenny Anthony
Dr. Kenny Anthony

Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has said Tuesday’s explosion at the Cul de Sac quarry which killed at least three people and injured many others, should serve as a moment for people to unite.

Dr. Anthony, writing on his Facebook page, expressed his sympathy and condolences to the families of the dead and injured.

The former St. Lucia Labour Party leader said tragedies like this “remind us all how frail our existence and well being can be”.

“Yet, painful as they are, we find our humanity, our love, care and appreciation for each other,” he said.

“This is a moment when we must cast aside our differences and embrace each other to console and comfort the affected families and of course, each other,” he added.

The explosion occurred around 5 p.m. and resulted in the deaths of three men, Kim Kodhra, Darren Gabriel, and Quarry Operations Manager Simon Straughn, who was the brother of the company’s owner, Rayneau Gajadhar.

At least 20 other persons were injured, four of whom were flown to Martinique this morning in critical condition.

The cause of the explosion is not officially known, but according to reports from witnesses, fire was sparked while a worker was doing welding work near a container which contained explosives or explosive material.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. SOME PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING IN ST LUCIA BECAUSE OF NAME AND MONEY THIS NEEDS TO STOP PEOPLE NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINST SOCIETY WHAT A SHAME

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  2. My goodness gracious, when will it ever stop ? Every damn thing in this island must be politicised. Can't we even accept simple condolences without the politics involved.I am tired

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  3. This is staggering! Note and weigh the choice of the words used. Was this a slip of the tongue? We are being invited to 'cast aside our differences' [Read: 'Our clever and therefore clear political machinations and demonstrations']. But it is for, and note the operative words my friends, 'This is a moment....' Aha! In other words, is the SLP is just going through the motions? After this 'moment', is it back to SLP's political mischief as usual? Now, read it for yourself and tell me.

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  4. Now thats a speech from a true leader,not pity stuff like photos from KFC and cooking a lie about there was fertiziler on site

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  5. Actions speak louder than empty words. Coming from the SLP, these words are utterly meaningless. This group is fomenting social chaos throughout the country after having destroyed the economy. At first glance, one could easily have thought that a misguided SLP follower, not being able to do the guarded DSH project in, had gone after another softer target.

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  6. SMH. It amazes me how so many of you people who OBVIOUSLY hate Kenny can find a way to turn a SIMPLE comment like COMING TOGETHER...in the face of a tragedy that reminds us how FRAGILE our EXISTENCE and well being can be. What is wrong with you people man? This is what is wrong with St. Lucia. We have become such an angry, hateful,vengeful, blood-thirsty people that is seems like NOTHING will ever change us. Where is the politics in this? How can there be even a negative thought much less comment about this? SMH Enough is ENOUGH! Who knows when it will be their turn? Come on people, let us love each other...Love is of God.

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    • Now thats a speech from a true leader,not pity stuff like photos from KFC and cooking a lie about there was fertiziler on site

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  7. This is a moment when we must cast aside our differences and embrace each other to console and comfort the affected families and of course, each other,”

    This sounds like a very very old scratch record. Why it always have to be death for us to put differences aside and embrace each other. Why shouldn't it be for the betterment of the country. If this is what it is, should we always ask for such accident? Short of conversation as a politician.

    Only now u awake, thought still sleeping

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  8. Well said but it's not only because of the accident that happens everyone should come together,,,it has to be for ever dr,Anthony everyone ,needs to put a hand to sweet Lucia and let's bring back our Lucia we used to know from the time our brands parents were born,,,,,,it used to be a sweet Lucia we need to be free in our country,,,,,,,,,,,,,,again Lord heal the victims and their families ,,,,we needs to pray for the families and also our country,,,,

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  9. this will last about two days before the slp blames the uwp. it takes a tragedy before the slp offers to do anything for the country

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  10. Why should we need such an incident to cast aside differences. An election has long been called, fought and determined and differences should have been cast aside. Unless they are being harboured and perpetrated by the very ones now calling for peace. Wrong move Dr. Anthony!

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  11. “This is a moment when we must cast aside our differences and embrace each other to console and comfort the affected families and of course, each other,”

    This sounds like an old scratch record. Why it always have to be death for us to put differences aside and embrace each other. Why shouldn't it be for the betterment of the country. If this is what it is, should we always ask for such accident? Short of conversation as a politician.

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  12. True. Death should bring peace and unity among family and friends and I believe that God is requesting just that. St Lucia this is the time to be together - forget Red and Yellow and let's unite. Far away but love my home land. Trust me only when we are away from home we realize how sweet it is.

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