THE way has been made clear for the Lucian People Movement to hold its well-publicized anti-government march scheduled for October 8.
Acting deputy Police Commissioner, SeverinMoncherry gave the green light for the march after a meeting with the LPM’s political leader Therold Prudent last Friday.
A jubilant Prudent said that the meeting was very productive with mutual respect coming from both sides.
“I’m very appreciative of how Mr. Moncherry handled himself and the issues that have to do with the march,” Prudent said.
With just about two weeks to go before the march the LPM has now moved into preparation mode travelling across the country sensitizing Saint Lucians about the march and inviting groups or organizations to participate if they so desire.
“This is a march for everyone,” Prudent said.
Invited will be supporters of the United Workers Party, disenchanted supporters of the ruling St. Lucia Labour Party, the student body of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College which just last week protested a hike in tuition fees, and other groups and organizations.
The LPM’s efforts to stage this march hit a snag for a brief period last week when Moncherry denied permission noting the absence of certain particulars that should have been in the LPM’s letter to police seeking permission to hold the march.
Moncherry’s stance resulted in a back and forth from both sides that was aired in the media ending with the LPM’s deciding to re-submit its letter this time taking note of the particulars pointed out by Moncherry in his letter to the LPM.
The march is expected to start at the Vigie Playing Field and end at the Derek Walcott Square on the side facing the cathedral of the Minor Basilica, a location already being seen by the LPM as its city home.
The march will be used to protest the country’s economic woes, the levels of violent crime in the country, the health system as it relates to the government’s seemingly inability to complete St. Jude Hospital in the south, and the new hospital on the Millennium Highway which, according to Prudent, government cannot say when it will be fully operational.