(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The United Workers Party is particularly concerned by the number of fires which have been reported recently in Saint Lucia.
The latest which totally destroyed the Folk Research Centre at Calvary Road in Castries is of particular concern, and comes close on the heels of other recent high profile fires, including two at the Soufriere Hospital, and another at the DSH construction site where heavy equipment was burned.
Reports are that about 10:19 p.m. on Sunday March 25, 2018 the Fire Department responded to the Folk Research Centre which was already fully engulfed in flames.
According to further reports, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. four more fires were reported in the Castries Market area.
In one of those incidents three vendors’ stalls were completely destroyed near the Castries Marketing Board.
The UWP also feels the great sense of loss by all Saint Lucians in the aftermath of the fire at the Folk Research Centre, and empathizes with the market vendors who lost their livelihood when their stalls were also burnt on the same night.
In yet another incident fire was started in a smoothie shack along Darling Road at its junction with Trinity Church Road. It is clear that a fire at that location would have destroyed four adjoining shops.
The United Workers Party is also alarmed by a threat made on Facebook over the weekend by a well-known political operative who threatened that it was time to throw grenades and tear gas into the next sitting of the House of Assembly.
The UWP is convinced there are concerted efforts by individuals to cause disruption and chaos, and calls on all Saint Lucians to condemn any form of disruption.