Police were on hand at Soufriere last Friday to keep order between supporters of the two main political parties in St Lucia after a verbal altercation erupted at the opening of a reconstructed bridge in the district
By Caribbean News Now contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- What should have been an occasion for celebration turned into a heated verbal fracas between supporters of the two main political parties in St Lucia on Friday at the opening of a reconstructed bridge in the Soufriere district.
Reportedly caught up in the altercation were current district parliamentary representative Harold Dalson and the opponent he defeated in the last general election Allan Chastanet, who is now the political leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP).
At issue seemed to be whether the former or present administration should take credit for the reconstruction of the bridge.
The Lucian People's Movement’s (LPM) caretaker candidate for Soufriere, Melanius Alphonse, expressed disappointment at the recent confrontation between Dalson and Chastanet at the opening of the new bridge in Soufriere.
In expressing his disapproval at their unruly behaviour, Alphonse stated, “Both Allen Chastanet and the Hon. Dalson should be ashamed of themselves. In an enlightened era where civility should be the order of the day, it is a disservice to the people of Soufriere and Saint Lucia to witness grown men acting like children."
He said, “The Hon. Harold Dalson isn't without fault and should have conducted himself in a manner befitting the parliamentary representative for Soufriere.”
However, he added, “Allen Chastanet’s arrogant demeanour and false sense of entitlement is largely to be blamed for the escalation of the conflict.”
“The people of Soufriere deserve better, and should not allow politicians like Allen Chastanet and Hon. Harold Dalson to use them for their own selfish political agendas,” Alphonse concluded.