St Lucia: SLP expressed concern over recent murders

The Saint Lucia Labour Party has expressed its concern over the double murders and skyrocketing crime in St Lucia. These two murders were reported in just two hours.

Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia Labour Party has expressed its concern over the double murders and skyrocketing crime in St Lucia. These two murders were reported in just two hours.

The party stated, “What is happening to our country? Crime and violence seem to be getting worse and worse in the country. People don’t feel safe in their homes.”

Further pointing out on the efforts of the St Lucia government to tackle crime, SLP stated, “Yet, instead of focusing on addressing the crime crisis, our politicians use the police to shut down businesses and protect the Parliament from those who wish to express their opinions.”

“Our people need hope. They need conflict management skills. They need opportunities. There are not enough jobs. People have lost their jobs. They have lost their income, and they are incapable of putting food on the table,” SLP stated.

SLP also pointed out that people are falling behind on bills and are even hungry, so they are getting desperate, and some are turning towards crime and gangs for stability and security of their present and future.

Following the statement, the opposition party asserted that the economy of the country needs to grow again and must use the resources available to the state to assist people through these challenging times.

“That means providing people who lost their jobs and income with money and food. While policing is part of the solution to crime, opportunity and creating that opportunity is the lasting solution,” the opposition party cited.

SLP further has also asked people not to tolerate anymore and to vote for the change if they are too concerned and shocked over the crime situation on the island and on the silence of the government.

The police identified the victims as Daniel Prospere, 19 and Thomas Florent, 28.

According to the reports, the island reported the highest crime rate in the year of 2017 with a 75.76 per cent crime rate and was declined in the year 2018 to 26.79 per cent.