St. Lucia PM responds to death threats

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St. Lucia PM responds to death threats
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CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – St Lucia Prime Minister Dr.Kenny Anthony has responded to reports that jobless and frustrated young people on the island are entertaining thoughts of killing him.

The matter was brought to light during a television show, hosted by newspaper publisher Rick Wayne.

Anthony in television interview Friday, said that it was not unusual for a Prime Minister to receive threats, but observed that it was not often that such statements are made publicly.

“In these islands we treat these things lightly, but we don’t understand that times have changed,” Anthony told his audience.

“Clearly, when the statements were made the best thing was to have said to the young man was that’s not the way to deal with those issues and resolve them,” the Prime Minister stated.

Anthony noted that Lashawn Lambert, who made the complaint during the television programme, while complaining on behalf of others, was himself employed, so that the issue was not the same for him.

The Prime Minister recalled that when Stephenson King was Prime Minister, someone was killed in King’s constituency office in La Clery, just over four years ago.

“That really was to all intents and purposes, a warning of what could happen to any MP or Prime Minister, so we need to take these issues seriously and get a sense of who are the persons orchestrating and encouraging this kind of behaviour,” Anthony said.

Asked whether he felt personally threatened, Anthony, who is also the Member of Parliament for Vieux Fort South said it was part of the “hazard of the business.”

However he revealed that his family and officials of his ruling party were concerned.

Anthony also disclosed that he was disappointed in the reaction of leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet and his party, whom he accused of being “apologists” for anti social behaviour.

In a statement this week Chastanet, accused the government of overreacting to reports that young people, frustrated by the economic situation, were entertaining the idea of killing the Prime Minister.

He said that while he considered it an extremely serious matter, he did not think that when the young man made the claims, he was threatening the Prime Minister.

“I think he was crying out to the young people who are being marginalised and have lost hope,” the UWP leader asserted.

According to Chastanet, one would have hoped that the government would have reacted “accordingly” and actively reached out to all the young people in St Lucia.

He said he had hoped that the Ministries of Youth and Economic Affairs would have gotten together on a programme to bring relief to young people.

Chastanet said that the unemployment rate has risen almost five percent since the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) got into office, with the unemployment figure for young people being some 44 percent.

“That to my mind is what the government should have been reacting to,” he said.

Two police officers this week interviewed Lambert at the offices of the Star Newspaper, where he is employed.

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  1. St. Lucians what is wrong with you guys. Why are you all fighting for power. Don't you all know the one who grants position, power and LIFE--------------. is greater that you all. You all should fear him. Hold you nose to block the air you breathe and see how long you can stand. You all fools to day you are tomorrow you gone. Like the green grass on the lawn. Put it in your pipes and smoke. May be you all need a good poof of the volcano sulphur to make you all stop. lol.

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  2. Folks, debate is great, just like question time in the UK to highlight "teething" problems of the state. People air their views which is great and there is a lot of concern for our future generation. The arguments are strong but what you do need to ensure is that you set an example for the youth by not entertaining "death threats" as an "OK" to show your anger. This just portrays the beautiful St Lucia as barbaric. Teach the youth how to put their points across...much more eloquently. Cheers.

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  3. Some people should simply not comment; because they come out looking really retarded. ? Suggestions for SNO add like buttons and dislike buttons to be used under comments
    rolling my eyes. ? Cheesh!!

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  4. lol whole chew pah bor kenny run for cover ...bounty killer VOICE WHEN POOR PEOPLE FED UP !! TO HOW WE SYSTEM SET UP ,, BUT on a serious note it is not easy when you go looking for a job and get turn down open a try on the side of the road and the police asking you who give you right to sell on the side of the road any how you look at it if the bigger heads isn't getting half of what you earn it doesn't sit well with them when you hungry your brain cannot function .but its wrong to threaten someone.

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  5. It has been proven from comments on SNO and various other places that 98% of Saint Lucian are ridiculously dumb when it comes to politics and the world.

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  6. I can remember clearly after the incident at the former PM's constituency office. When Stephenson King stated that we are not safe anywhere in St. Lucia. There were a few persons who took him to task. It has now come full circle.....we are no longer safe in sweet helen.

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  7. What I am reading on these comments is pure stupidity and hypocrisy. Regardless of what a the man is a human being the country has nothing to do with his life. People of st.lucia dont know what they want I tell you I am not for anybody but I can see when people try and downgrade people for no reason and allen chastnent to me is trying to downgrade the man intergrity I mean come on let people try let them fail by themselves n then they will learn if the man is threatened it is not right regardless of what

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  8. Merry Christmas to all! Why is kenny anthony afraid? You put high "VAT" on the poor people without any consideration... how do you expect them to servive? They are forced into drugs or other crimals acts to pay their bills. Get them jobs!?!? The island is sinking and being distroyed by your doings. You don't seem to care because you, your family and friends are living very well. The poor people are struggling , please "HELP" by removing your high VAT nonsense. Have a heart! Put your self in their shoes. God bless

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  9. We all are there speculating as to Wether it is a threat or a cry out for help. Have we stopped and asked ourselves what was Rick motive for having the statement aired. He actually asked the question twice.

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  10. lol kenny you scared for your life no wonder you cant walk in Castries by your self without your body guards. like how john compton used to do, walk any where anytime with no fear of nothing driving around with no tinted vehicle. then again i agree with you if was me i would do the same cause the things that going on in saint lucia there papa haaaaaaa.smh

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  11. kenny should be arrested too for threaten st.lucian of taking 5% off on their salarey,kenny himself is a cribow killer, he kill the holl of st.lucia

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  12. Even if we do not like PM Policies we don't have to feel that way. But then when ppl are desperate all sorts of things come out of the mouths. Now the young man was just saying what he is hearing around the place so you cannot punish him for that. There are so many other ppl who think the same. So at least you'll got to know what is being said and on the minds of other ppl..

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