Parliamentary representative for Castries Central Richard Frederick has condemned Tuesday’s homicide in Castries, saying something must be done “to take our country back”.
Speaking to journalists, Frederick described today’s daylight killing as a brazen act, and indication that the perpetrators have no respect for the law.
“I believe that something has to be done almost immediately to ensure that the police take back the streets and to ensure that those criminals act with certain degree of apprehension, as it relates to the commission of criminal activity,” he stated.
The MP said the security of citizens is of paramount importance and should not be taken lightly.
“If persons are not safe in the country, we cannot see an inflow of investors, we cannot see economic activity thriving and Saint Lucia will remain in desperation,” he added.
Frederick has called on the authorities to do whatever is necessary and lawful to quell the violence, noting that three people have been killed in three days.
The parliamentarian told the media that he knew Asha Emmanuel personally and described him as person who was passionate about community and youth development, and did not have a criminal background.
“He was never indulged in violent activity and for him to meet his demise in such a calculated and vicious manner, is pathetic,” he stated.
Frederick said in order to quell this ongoing violence, citizens must work with the police.
“It just takes a few rotten apples to essentially undermine the efforts one is making with respect to bringing peace and tranquility to the streets,” he added.
Asked whether he believes that today’s shooting will be met with violent retaliation, Frederick said the natural inclination would be to take revenge, but he advised the elders to “talk some sense” into the young men.
“I am hoping that the elders in all the ghettos could talk to the young men, who in most instances are the ones perpetrating that violent conduct, in order to bring some degree of proper thinking,” he said.
Frederick said the “sad reality” is that as long as one hails from a given area, irrespective of their direct or indirect involvement, the criminals will see them as a target. He said this was the case with Emmanuel.
The Castries Central MP also spoke of the negative effects this could have on the island’s tourism sector.