Following the condemnation by Lionel Ellis, a member of the Media Workers Association, UNITED YOUTH maintains its concern at the reckless, insulting and threatening comments made by Foreign Affairs Minister Alva Baptiste who continues to arrogantly display disregard for law, freedom of the press and ignorance of the will of the electorate to freely choose its leaders.
The threatening “over my dead body” pronouncements of an elected member of parliament, who has a responsibility to represent this nation impeccably at the international level, in addition to his verbal assault on media workers, exemplify distaste and incompetence in the responsibility with which he is entrusted.
It is not sufficient that the member of parliament for Laborie chose to vehemently attack well known media personalities at a party meeting, but the prime minister in a rather thoughtless and inexplicable manner, sought to vilify a prominent businessman and father, Mr. Michael Chastanet, for his right and God-given duty to support his son in his commendable and honourable endeavors.
That a prime minister will castigate fathers who stand by their sons as they seek to sacrificially serve and better this nation should indeed be a mind-boggling horror to all citizens.
The recent actions of the minister for social transformation, of all portfolios, should not at all be amusing. That this minister publicly, and at an official NTN-covered function, verbally and obscenely abused a citizen of Saint Lucia who is responsible for the construction of the bridge which was being opened and who along with residents of Soufriere were not even politely invited to this function in their own community, is another indication of the pomposity and aggressive nature of this current SLP administration.
Understanding that this desperate Labour government has a tendency to pussyfoot along matters of facts and evidence and constantly cowardly claims that it will release pertinent critical information “when the time is right”, we as citizens of Saint Lucia continue to call for the National Television Network and the GIS, taxpayer-funded entities, to release the footage of the Soufriere Bridge opening so that Saint Lucians may be allowed to judge for themselves what transpired at this event which so provoked a government minister to degenerate into such obscene and aggressive behavior.
True to our name, United Youth, separated by no trait or characteristic but bonded in the common good for the advancement of Saint Lucia, we look with abhorrence upon the physical assault and humiliation of a young Labour Party supporter by his fellow SLP supporters in Soufriere in the presence of the district representative Hon. Harold Dalson.
An unemployed, struggling youth who firmly believed in the Labour Party’s promises of better day and jobs, jobs, jobs is violently beaten and literally thrown out of a meeting simply for exercising his democratic right to ask questions of and respectfully reprimand Mr. Dalson in whom he had placed his trust.
This incident has not only shown violence against youth but to women as well because the young Labour Party supporter’s girlfriend was battered in the process. Such despicable and uncivilized behaviour and attitudes must not be tolerated and encouraged and this unveils the blatant intolerance and aggression of Labour Party operatives to anyone, including their own, who seek to raise valid questions which expose the failure and hypocrisy of the Kenny Anthony administration.
Such attitudes are evident on social media and Facebook pages where SLP agents, most of whom cowardly hide behind false identities, seek to malign and cheaply insult anyone who has different or opposing views to their dictatorial agenda.
United Youth will continue to call for the highest standards of ethics and governance by our leaders and will fight for the rights of our young people to be impeccably represented by our government and politicians.