St. Lucia PM responds to death threats

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St. Lucia PM responds to death threats
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PM Anthony

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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  13. What threats were made to the PM I watched the program. Pure BS. I hear this everyday from so many people. Trying to intimidate the young man and make himself look like a victim. Kenny needs to grow up. Deal with the issues of the country.

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  14. It is sad to see that in 2014 we are still letting politicians divide and conquer us. I thought we were smarter than that.

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  15. Well many people here deserve to be PM, because if the PM himself has made it clear in his statement that "the statement" was not considered a threat to him personally. In fact he referred to it as a "complaint." So why are we here speculating whether it was a threat or not. After all the very light, sensitive skinned, PHd lawyer has said that it wasn't. Is his party or family or party hacks more enlightened than himself? I don't know. Well give them a shot at being PM. Probably they could put their wisdom to work at solving the unemployment situation.

    He has even used it further to create political milage by invoving Ti Chas. Mr PM please let it be known that you are the Prime Minister and not Ti Chas so you owe the country an explanation as to why The streets are so "hot and de youths dem are get so cold."

    But Chas is right as all revolutions are products of marginalisation and inequality. If one occurs what will it benefit the PM. Probably this time would be different and he would not be treated like Maurice Bishop, and instead he will be rewarded by the revolutionists. You think?

    Kenny face the reality. I wonder why you have so many security deatail? Probably they are just part of the NICE program.

    Could you replay the tapes of Alva threating that he could make happen in the country "another 1979." Or for that matter play the one of the altercation between Dalson and Chas at the opening of the Soufriere Bridge. Remember you promised the unedited version. There are people who do not forget.

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  16. Let's forget about the politics for a bit. The issue is obviously a serious cause for concern. The police did the right thing to interview the young man. Anyone who try's to trivialize the statement is obviously bury their head in the sand with their butt exposed.
    Hope this issue never comes to their door step.

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  17. Folks the man never threatened the PM. Trust me. He only quoted what someone said. If I am talking to a friend and I tell them that some padnas of my want to kill Mr. John Doe, then Mr John Doe find out what I said to my friend, Mr John Doe cannot send police behind me and say I threaten to kill him. If anyone doesn't see how ridiculous this sounds then this country have a serious problem. I am not saying that the young man should have made the remark because I felt it shouldn't have been quoted but at the end of the day, the man never threatened the PM.

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    • I now wonder whether the guy who quoted, was himself in agreement with the quote? Why did he publicize such a threating statement, quote or unquote?

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  18. I understand the grievances of the situation but u guys have bigger problems to deal with such as managing the country affairs....copra factory...gone, Helen air...gone...diamond factory...gone and the list goes on.....pretty soon lucked will be cutting current for government institutions and street lamps....I think u guys need to go back to u r text books or better yet to management school. Reality check...Lucia broke can't afford to send her brilliant minds to school....lol

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  19. Why do so many people here have this killer mentality? Is it a surprise that we resort to violence to settle disputes? How many have made those threats in the past and eventually carried them out? Who would take a threat on his/her life lightly?

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  20. I was of the audience viewing the airing of this particular talk show and u idiotic party hacks along with the P.M.are trying to make it look as if the young man made threatened remarks or he's instigating the killing of the prime minister. He was only quoting what someone said to him. If u have to blame someone blame Rick wayne, he was the one who had the guy to repeat this shit....and as for u p.m if u keep listening to those jackass politicians and hard back party hacks hovering around u...they will surely cost u the next election...so please, you self centered politicians deal with the issues that plagues our country work together and stop arguing with each other like street hookers....we are no longer in the 70s and 80s we young people are better schooled and quit smarter than our grandparents. Compton started this whole shitty ass cut throat politics and you guys are continuing with that crap.....choopse

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  21. I can't believe the comments I'm reading. Tell me which 1 of u would receive a death threat and not report it to the police or even feel unsafe? Do you pppl honestly think that because the PM is PM human dignity has being taken away from him? I beg to defer. And Mr Chastanet regardless of your political nature, you have no love for the rights of mankind. Yes people we are frustrated. I will soon need a job, but do you think violence or murder will get u 1? Its only because we are not God fearing ppl that we make such outrageous comments. I do believe though the the government should put more training programs in place for the young people and help build them up. God bless St. Lucia

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  22. YOU GUYS SO STUPID,OUR LIVES ARE BEEN THREATENED EVERYDAY IN THIS DAMN PLACE THE PM NEVER COME OUT AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGFH WITH THIS SENSELESS KILLINGS IN THIS PLACE ST LUCIA IS GETTING JUST LIKE TRINIDAD.BUT EVERYONE MAKING NOISE ABOUT A THREAT AND WHAT THREAT,THERE WAS NO THREAT, YOU GUYS LIKE TO JUMP ON ALL FOOLISH STATEMENTS THE PM MAKES.YOU GUYS NEED TO TUNE IN,ON PROGRAMMES AND HEAR AND UNDERSTAND FOR YOURSELVES AND STOP RIDING ON BS HAER SAY.HE SAY ,SHE SAY ,THEY SAY.EVERYBODY FRUSTRATED AND KENNY NEEDS TO DO HIS PART.BS

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  23. kenny your popularity has gone to the dogs. you have failed the country miserably. where are the jobs jobs jobs. where is the 100 million dollars you promised to create jobs.

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  24. Jenny blite the country with the intentions of legalising same sex marriage url eh c dat....The country is sinking every youngster into drugs n robbery becuz no jobs jobs dat was promised n weh the better days

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  25. lol crocodile tears Kenny you should have chossen a career as an actor always looking for pitty to win some votes. These threats come with the territory. I hope those in authority politicians,lawyers,judges etc taking notes of the sentiments of the youth. The longest rope has its end there is so much that the poor people who are marginalised can take

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  26. If Kenny Anthony cannot differentiate a cry of frustration and a cry for help from a threat to his life then he is not fit to be Prime Minister of Saint Lucia. It's time to step down Kenny

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  27. It does not matter who holds the office of Prime Minister.One has to have respect.There is no way one would behave in this manner in developed countries and get away with it.The programme would be also be in jeopardy.
    Come on people, let's have respect for our leaders although we may disagree the way in which some of them carry out their duties,however, we still need to have respect.

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  28. I bid a pleasant good evening to the viewers of this site and managing team.. Not to be on the side of any specific Party because neither of them are displaying a POSITIVE ATTITUDE OF LEADERSHIP SKILLS But This is what happens when there is little or no consideration for the young generation of this country...more over what about the needs of the youth of this country. There is a battle over who should be Prime Minister or Presiding Party instead of focusing on the matters at hand like,what will the young persons like myself do after graduating from SALCC? WORK? Really!!!!???? this Government has absolutely no consideration for the youth but they keep saying "the youth are our future leaders". How is it possible to lead when all we are seeing and given are poor example of Leadership Qualities.Come on, I am most disappointed in this Leadership and the direction it is leading the country to....Threat huh?? consider this while the pockets of the political leaders are being enlarged with money and feeding us lies the youth are suffering how are we to LEAD if there is NO consideration for us!!! All job positions these days are requiring 2,3,4 or even 5 years of experience in that field. We need the jobs in order to have experience in it. Never have I seen such foolishness. All that is being said is "we have ideas to being relief to the youth" Stop having ideas and put action to the words spoken. I thank you.

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    • But my main reason for commenting was to say. If someone or something wants to kill him its because he is doing something wrong...This is how i live my live (if someone has a problem with me i don't make it worse by giving unruly remarks but rather i think and try to change my attitude towards the situation) If The attitude of this government changes for the better towards this situation and not fight with each other there should once again be peace in this country.

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  29. This matter must not be taken lightly. For Mr.Chasnet to attempt give credence or justify this outrageous comments demonstrates his unsuitability to hold public office.
    I am saddened by his response.

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    • Why are we playing doltish? I have heard and I am certain that you have heard both young and old especially those in the business sector, haves said it before.Do you think the police got any information from the young man?If the young man said,on air, that because of frustration he feel like killing the PM,I would have have taken it very serious.

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  30. Now he is trying all b s sir john got threat every day tell me by who don't kill him let him suffer before he dies satan

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  31. Come on Mr. Prime Minister, there is no nee to respond to Allen Chastanet ( the Dumb Dumb ).

    He keeps on Clowning himself.

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    • @B A.... You are one sick nigger it's scary. If you are in London as you boast my advise to you is to throw yourself under The Tube.

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    • Take a longgggg walk off a short pier tun kenny need to go and rest his tired bone his brain failing which is causing him to plunge the country into more debt .

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  32. Look at those comments. Sadly here again ppl don't care about someone's life being taken away but soon as one gets killed all u see is" what's wrong with st Lucia !!Exactly!! Hypocrisy

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  33. What? Is that man so really desperately in need of his jobs? Why is he is resorting to this? Isn't this going a bit too far to get the sympathy vote? Isn't this a huge admission of failure.

    Messiay! Ee dee quik! Quak! Tim, Tim. Bwah chez. Qy sa Bon Diay maytay a sou la terre? Toot shorz!

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  34. I guess the whole island will have to be arrested Cuz on many occasions whilst passing on streets and on my own business, I've heard the comments made where pple say they shud bomb the prime minister Cuz he's causing nun but chaos and mayhem in the country. Whatever the young man said is nothing new and these are words being used by so many young and frustrated minds nowadays. Doesn't literally mean that they're gonna kill the PM. It just means that pple are frustrated with the way things are goin in the country

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    • Brother the longest rope has its end if people keep saying that day in and out eventually they will act so such matters need to be taken seriously

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  35. Be you Labor of UWP, You don not threaten the Prime Minister and thing you are going to get away with it.
    One must remember the St. Lucian people voted for the Labor Party and they are the Government of the day so regardless he is the Prime Minister, this Young man should have been arrested.

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    • Arrested for quoting??Did you see the show or have you seen a clip of the show on which the statement was made??The young man never threatened the PM but only quoted someone.He didn't make the quote on a basis of political affiliation either.He made the quote to reinforce the frustration of unemployed young people,which was the topic at hand.I hear people make those statements so loosely as direct threats to others.Why not be concerned about those people?Why not arrest them?Why dismiss a direct threat on ones life but take on a quote that holds no water?The guy made a quote and suddenly people blowing it out of proportion and want to condemn him?Maybe he should not have quoted on tv because of this same useless drama.Alot of people giving their views right now just based on hear say but they never actually heard the comment.GET YOU ALL FACTS STRAIGHT THEN SPEAK.

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    • I agree that (a threat to kill) is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly, however, (Mr.Dan Louis) a formal complaint must be made to the police before you go arresting people. The last I checked "threats to kill" is not a crime against the state.

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    • I guess you did not follow the "TALK"program. The youth never threaten the PM. He said he have heard young people say it.As to whether this was right place to say it, I do not think so.I agree with Chastanet that Kenny should be concern about the mood and frustration of the youth. the youth on "TALK" is working so he won't be the one wanting to killing the PM.

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  36. I like how Kenny can turn this on Chastanet, garcon it's you are the one who ruined St. Lucia with your " Better Days". You are so arrogant that it seems to be getting on the nerves of the mallawahe.

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    • I am not into politics, different party same ole story.
      The problem is world wide, regional and universal too.
      lazy young people just leaching,,, so much unfarmed space.... I saw an add for an old man who is selling because he cannot do it anymore. where are the younger one in the family to take it over.... I personally know of a situation like that in mon repose...
      go farm some land... and rare goats

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