SLP Urges PM to Apol­o­gize to VF Res­i­dents

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.”

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