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The St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will not allow Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and the master developer of the Desert Star Holdings (DSH) Pearl of the Caribbean, Teo Ah Khing, to have things their way as it relates to the development of the south.
Referring to the DSH project in Vieux Fort, the party says if it has to organise many more protest marches to force government to renegotiate its agreement with the master developer, it will do so.
They made this abundantly clear at their national political meeting in Laborie on Saturday which attracted a moderate crowd.
Noticeably absent was parliamentary representative of Vieux-Fort South, Dr. Kenny Anthony, and conspicuously present were Dr. Vaughn Lewis and his wife, Shirley Lewis.
“If they don’t renegotiate that deal we will have a bigger demonstration in the near future. It will be the largest demonstration in the history of t. Lucia…. We will demonstrate until they stop. We are not doing it for ourselves but for our children. We will do it to protect the patrimony of the people of this country,” Phillip J Pierre said.
According to him, giving one man 900 acres of land for 99 years at a price of $1.00 per sq. ft. is insulting to St. Lucians.
“We can’t depend on Chinese to develop our country for us… Development should come from the people,” he said.
Pierre said Sandy beach is not for skyscrapers, adding that the area should be reserved for locals to invest.
“We need investment… but the interest of the people must come first,” he said.
Pierre said St. Lucia should not be putting all its eggs in the basket of a foreign investor.
In a remark which was apparently directed at Minister of Economic Development, Guy Joseph, he said in any serious government a minister who says he fooled a foreign government to get money for contracts would have to apologise or asked to leave Cabinet by the prime minister.
Pierre told the gathering that the government will not last for another four years.
“Be patient, be patient…” he said.
Parliamentary representative of Laborie Alva Baptiste said a number of projects which were earmarked for Laborie under the former administration were shelved.
He outlined some of the work he did for his constituency during his tenure as a minister of government.
As it relates to the DSH project, he said no work will take place on Sandy beach, adding that you don’t need an army to stop it.
The other speakers at the meeting all gave the government a failing grade for its performance since it assumed office on June 6, 2016.