SLP Urges PM to Apologize to VF Residents
Allen Chastanet must apologise to the people of Vieux Fort South - so said a press statement from the Saint Lucia Labour Party this week after what the Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony is calling “degrading utterances at the public meeting of the United Workers Party, held on May 17, 2017, at the Vieux Fort Square”.
“On several occasions during his speech, Allen Chastanet told the people of Vieux Fort that they live in a ‘ghetto’. He went even further by asking the crowd, ‘Where do you want to be from, a ghetto or you want to be from the Pearl of the Caribbean?’” the release read. “To add further insult to injury, he declared, ‘I know how great they [Vieux Fortians ] are going to be in taking care of horses.’”
The Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South stated, “I resent his description of Vieux Fort as a ghetto. Further, these statements are insulting, degrading and dehumanizing. I want Chastanet to know that the people of Vieux Fort are not specially ordained to look after horses. They are capable of much more than looking after horses. Vieux Fortians are as good as any Saint Lucian elsewhere in this island.”
Dr. Anthony added, “Vieux Fort has always been a historical problem for the United Workers Party. The thinking of the UWP towards the people of Vieux Fort has not changed. All they do is to sell or give away the lands around Vieux Fort, never caring about the quality of life of the people of Vieux Fort. That is why they allowed Vieux Fort town to be mired in poverty from 1964 to 1997.
“Chastanet is merely continuing the tradition of his last candidate, Ulric Mondesir, who, before the last General Election, declared as his stated objective, ‘We want to move this Vieux Fort South forward, moving it from a smaller ghetto to a larger ghetto.’ This unfair and inaccurate labeling of Vieux Fort South by the United Workers Party must end and Chastanet must apologize for his degrading comments.”