The United Workers Party (UWP) has accused a number of government ministers of exhibiting “reckless and shameful” behaviour which it said threatens the democratic rights of citizens.
In a press release on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, the party pointed to comments it claims were made by St. Lucia Labour Party ministers during a conference over the weekend. These comments, according to the UWP, can be regarded as that which poses a threat to the safety of its leadership.
The entire release has been posted below for your viewing:
“Saint Lucians have watched and listened in awe over the past three (3) weeks to outlandish and ominous statements/actions espoused by persons who hold the highest offices in our land.
“These developments appear to challenge the guarantee on basic rights accorded to every Saint Lucian under the constitution. Under the heading: Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedom; Chapter 1 (b) of the Constitution of Saint Lucia states: “freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association ….”
“We have all witnessed the reckless and shameful behavior by Ministers Alva Baptiste and Harold Dalson who have now been joined by Prime Minister Kenny Anthony. Saint Lucians have every reason to be concerned over these manifestations which appear to threaten the democratic traditions of our country and our basic rights guaranteed under the constitution.
“In comments made over the weekend during a conference of the Labour Party Anse La Raye/Canaries Branch, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony took aim at Saint Lucian business icon Michael Chastanet by suggesting that he should “stay at a distance” and threatened that “…. you have to expect that the Labour Party will handle you like a politician”. The question must therefore be asked: is there anything wrong with a father supporting his son in politics? Secondly is Michael Chastanet the first father/businessman to be supportive of his son’s endeavors in politics?
“Finally, the UWP is extremely concerned over recent actions and utterances by ruling Party senior officials that can be interpreted as posing threats to the safety and security of its leadership and the fundamental rights and freedom of all Saint Lucians.”