By Caribbean News Now contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A prominent Saint Lucia attorney, Lydia Faisal, who also happens to be the sister of disaffected opposition United Workers Party (UWP) member of parliament, Richard Frederick, says she is being harassed on Facebook by one or more UWP activists.
Although not active herself on social media, Faisal said she has been informed of false accusations made against her on Facebook by someone using the pseudonym “Vieux Fort South Cries”.
The person said to be hiding behind that name is Catherine Sealys, a former St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) member who defected to the UWP, apparently after falling out with SLP government ministers. Sealys is also believed to use another Facebook pseudonym, “Vitalis Earnest”.
She is an active member of new UWP leader Allen Chastanet’s team and, therefore, evidently opposed to Frederick and recently ousted leader of the UWP parliamentary opposition, Stephenson King. However, given the recent internecine warfare within the party and its resulting disarray, in which Sealys seemed to play an active role, some UWP insiders have begun to question her loyalty and good faith towards the party as a recently defected former SLP member.
Since King’s ouster, and apparently having heard Faisal’s and Frederick’s views on the matter on local television and radio, Sealys has mounted an attack on both of them via Facebook, using the social network as a tool for spreading propaganda, seemingly in pursuit of an agenda of division and confrontation.
In particular, according to Faisal, Sealys and other members of the Chastanet faction within the UWP have concluded that Faisal is the author of letters to the editor published by Caribbean News Now as well as local media, written by Tori Fatal, and which have been highly critical of Chastanet and contained embarrassing inside information in relation to the recent infighting within the UWP.
Faisal is also accused of being “Tokyo Rose”, a frequent Facebook poster, also highly critical of Chastanet.
At a meeting last week, UWP chairman Ezechiel Joseph stated that he had evidence that Faisal was both Tokyo Rose and Tori Fatal, which prompted Faisal to send the following message to Joseph:
“Dear Mr Joseph, I am well opinionated and not afraid to speak my mind. When I speak, I can back up what I say with evidence. I do not engage in the proliferation of propaganda at the cost of people’s reputations in search of power. I always rely on provable facts. I am afraid of no human being. No one can intimidate me. So there is no need to speculate, I am not Tokyo Rose or Tori Fatal. I am Lydia Faisal. Look again at your source.”
Joseph replied: “I hear you loud and clear.”
Faisal responded: “I understand that you said that you have evidence that I am those persons, could you produce such evidence if asked to do so? If you can’t, I suggest you should cease accusing me please.”
It will, however, be impossible for Joseph to produce any reliable evidence to substantiate his accusations against Faisal because Tori Fatal is well known to Caribbean News Now as being a born and raised Saint Lucian man, and definitely not Lydia Faisal and, for the avoidance of doubt, not Richard Frederick either.
Equally, “Tokyo Rose” is well known to Caribbean News Now as a group of trained people fighting for democracy and good governance around the world. They have operated successfully in Latin America during the 80s and 90s, in various parts of Africa, including Angola. These people are apparently well funded and say they are “quite capable of handling the Catherine Sealys and the rest of the amateur activists within the Chastanet UWP.”