“Take our country back” – Richard Frederick denounces shootings in Castries

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“Take our country back” – Richard Frederick denounces shootings in Castries
Castries Central MP Richard Frederick.
Castries Central MP Richard Frederick.

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.

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  1. Not one word from the so-called PM? NOT ONE word from the so-called Minister of National security. That's governance for you St. Lucian style.

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  2. ynneK is the reason for all the chaos and poverty, he is a sussier of the worst kind, now the criminals operate without fear of the law. VAT is the poverty maker and crime is like the salt on that wound.

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  3. I am awaiting a statement from Mary. The criminal rights attorney. She needs to say something. In the interim all in favour of the reimplementation of ORC say I. "I". Let's rally behind our officers to rid us of those criminals.

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    • Lucian express, why are you so ignorant? Human rights is an aspect an law of all societies around the world. Why are you and many others seem to have something to say about Mary?

      When people call you all ignorant in this country it's not a joke.

      So what is your issue with miss Issac,please tell me?

      Do some research about human right before you comment foolish !!

      WHEN I COME ON HERE I JUST HATE READING IGNORANT SHIT !

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  4. Police need to go top secret. Like a really high profile meeting with select few and plan how they going to take backs sweet Lucia and clean up our streets! No records, nothing. Just action!

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  5. RICHARD WILL YOU CONSIDER "OPERATION RESTORE CONFIDENCE" OR ARE YOU GOING TO RUN AWAY FROM YOUR ORIGINAL METHODS THAT SEEM TO ADDRESS YOUR ISSUES.

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  6. Kenny is the devil. He only wanted to stir up mischief by bringing jackass Jamaican police who cannot solve crime in their own back yard to investigate police in St.Lucia. Kenny hates Lucians! Now you give the criminals free reign to take over the country and I agree with the police for not lifting a finger to stop them. Now his ass quiet now a word from him or his roro girl Jadia! Kenny let my people go!

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  7. WHEN THE POLICE DEAL WITH CRIMINALS LUCIANS
    CRY OUT, LASH OUT, REBEL, AND DOWN PLAY THE POLICE. NOW EVERY ONE WANT POLICE ACTION. LUCIANS DONT KNOW WHAT THE HELL THEY WANT, THEY ARE SIMPLY CONFUSED AND LOST.

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  8. Whilst they busy building bridges and wanting to build 4 lane highway they forget about those basic things. ORC Y NOT.

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  9. Lets hear what the SLP will say. Am sure it will be an attack on frederick rather on the recent crime situation. where is the Minister of National Security?

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    • if it was gale or chastanet that made that comment there would be an immediate press release..Fredrick words are not important to them and they know why

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  10. At least Richard talking. Where is La Corbinere. According to Rick not a word, not a word, not a word

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  11. Yh mn looks like 1 of Richards perfect crime, look how he rush n speak to kno 1 could blame him........

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  12. So true. Nobody seem to look at it this way. This is an epidemic that have to be controlled.

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  13. Very well said..i hope we dont waitnon the US to make a decision on the escalating crime in our country.. This is very much instilling fear once again in our ppl

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