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FRENCH SNUB – No Participation In Independence Parade Monday

Students and teachers from Gordon & Walcott Memorial Methodist School at their Independence-themed activity yesterday. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Image: Students and teachers from Gordon & Walcott Memorial Methodist School at their Independence-themed activity yesterday. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
Students and teachers from Gordon & Walcott Memorial Methodist School at their Independence-themed activity yesterday. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
DON’T expect to see French sailors taking part in our independence day parade on Monday as has been the case for so many years.

THE VOICE understands that the French are boycotting the parade, presumably at the request of the European Union as part of sanctions on the island for its tardiness in resolving the implementation of recommendations of the IMPACS report on alleged extra judicial killings in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

Yesterday, a French Embassy source confirmed that the French would not be part of the independence celebrations this year, but declined to comment on the reason. However, The VOICE understands that the European Union is bringing pressure to bear on the French to take some form of punitive action against St Lucia over the IMPACS.

Another source claimed that the United States could also be involved in pressuring the French who have been supplying training and other forms of assistance to the Police Force following the decision by the United States to stop such assistance in the wake of the IMPACS report, and allegations that local policemen had unlawfully killed a number of persons during an anti crime drive, Operation Restore Confidence, earlier in the decade.

Last month, a EU delegation that included FrenchAmbassdador to Saint Lucia Eric la Moussaye held discussions with the Saint Lucia Government to register their concern over the government’s slow pace of action on the contents of the IMPACS report.

On that occasion, the St Luca government gave the EU team a time frame within which it hoped to address the EU concerns. The EU also has concerns about human rights in Saint Lucia as it relates to prisoners, including some Europeans, being held for years without trial.

Meanwhile, increased expressions of national pride and love for country will be some of the themes permeating this weekend as Saint Lucians prepare to observe the island’s 37th anniversary of Independence.

However, many schools have already taken the lead in that regard, hosting special activities ahead of Independence Day on Monday.

Yesterday, it was the turn of the students from the Gordon & Walcott Memorial Methodist School. The students spent most of the morning at an interactive general assembly where their teachers quizzed them on various aspects of Saint Lucia. Questions ranged from the name of the island’s former capital to some of the achievements the island has recorded since Independence.

While Independence Day has been chosen as a key moment to reflect, redirect and reshape, there have been questions raised about Saint Lucia being truly independent. Despite the many achievements the island has racked up, many people believe that the island is too far off from being self-sufficient albeit every nation across the globe is inter-dependent on each other.

So what does the island’s Independence really mean to Saint Lucians?

The VOICE tried to find out from Saint Lucians themselves yesterday by soliciting responses to the big question that often comes up around this time of year. The responses were few but nevertheless insightful.

“To me, Independence is a time of reflection and renewal,” Janeka Simon told The VOICE. “We look back at the journey we’ve walked for the past 37 years as a country, celebrate our achievement and look forward to the next chapter. We renew our community spirit, national pride, sense of self – our ‘Looshan-ness’. We revel in our shared identity and celebrate our beauty, creativity and brilliance.”

Another respondent, Jadia Jn. Pierre-Emmanuel, said the moment is one when themes of a journey, milestones and gratitude meet.

“Independence is a time to say thank you to the land that has given me an identity that is strong, bold, ambitious and unique,” Jn. Pierre-Emmanuel said. “It is a time to reflect on our journey and celebrate our people and achievements.”

For Tanya Coertzen, a South African residing in Saint Lucia for many years now, witnessing the outward expressions of love and pride for their country are qualities that stick out for her.

“Independence gives everybody a voice. I love to see how everybody wears the national colours and how storeowners decorate their businesses,” Coertzen said.

The prevailing theme for many Saint Lucians seems to be that despite the many challenges many Saint Lucians face daily, Independence serves to remind them that national development is totally dependent on each citizen playing his or her part. And that is what the organizers of this year’s Independence activities are hoping Saint Lucians will buy into as the island celebrates another milestone.

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    When, just when, will you Negro subjects of Elizabeth-2, otherwise known as Commoners, and worshipers of a Naked Caucasian man as your God, stop bringing disgrace upon the young generations of the Lucian of African ancestry??

    You imagine that these wicked and filthy European oppressors known for perverted sexual behavior, annilingus, cunnilingus filth and the murder and enslavement of Africans; you sick Lucians imagine that you have been “snubbed”, because such undesirables did not come to St. Lucia to make ‘Bom’ with your women??

    How can you disgraceful Samboes convince anyone of you sanity??

    FLAVIUS
    Hence! home, you idle creatures get you home:
    Is this a holiday? what! know you not,
    Being mechanical, you ought not walk
    Upon a labouring day without the sign
    Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou?

    MARULLUS
    Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?
    What tributaries follow him to Rome,
    To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels?
    You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!
    O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
    Knew you not Pompey? Many a time and oft
    Have you climb’d up to walls and battlements,
    To towers and windows, yea, to chimney-tops,
    Your infants in your arms, and there have sat
    The livelong day, with patient expectation,
    To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome:
    And when you saw his chariot but appear,
    Have you not made an universal shout,
    That Tiber trembled underneath her banks,
    To hear the replication of your sounds
    Made in her concave shores?
    And do you now put on your best attire?
    And do you now cull out a holiday?
    And do you now strew flowers in his way
    That comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood? Be gone!
    Run to your houses, fall upon your knees,
    Pray to the gods to intermit the plague
    That needs must light on this ingratitude.

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    The CIA agents like Rick John Wayne the naked Stripper, Michael Chastanet the hater, and the Self-hating Negro Black Pete Josie, who thinks Black People are, “too uglier” and should not be made Carnival Queen; these reprobates will never inform you of the true character of these French mercenaries who continue to murder our African people like our brother Muammar Khadafffi, even as these French mercenaries plunder your wealth in the African Motherland. These traitors will NEVER tell you the TRUTH, because they are pathological Liars and averse to truth, and paid by the White Supremacist to keep you Black people subservient to French and English Caucasians who pay John Wayne, Black Pete and Chastanet.

    You are taught to hate Robert Mugabe because he wants to stop these mercenaries from plundering Africans’ gold and minerals, while demanding they return the African lands stolen by these pirates.

    You are brainwashed into thinking that Nelson Mandela is a Saint; WHY IS THAT ? He Mandela left 90% of the South African lands and wealth with the Caucasian Christian Plunders – Of Course, the people who do your thinking will tell you he is the best example to follow. However, if you are sincere in being knowledgeable, I encourage you to take a minute to dispel your ignorance by seeing what the Most Honorable Robert Mugabe taught me in
    video # 1.
    MUGABE ON OPPRESSION OF AFRICANS BY FRANCE ENGLAND

    https://www.facebook.com/PanAfrikaNamibia/videos/961313350620233/

    Then in
    Video # 2 you will see what is about to come down in South Africa.

    SOUTH AFRICANS VOW TO REGAIN COUNTRY LIKE ZIMBABWE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4lz78uoOeo#t=260

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  3. I really do not see the importance of this being news.
    It’s not like anyone ask them to attend.
    So NO ONE CARES!

    We are a sovereign STATE!

    They need to focus on the day when a heavily militarize country will invade their backsides and the US will be NO where to defend them like was done before!

    FK OFF!

  4. # 1

    Thanks. Who the hell cares about these colonizers ¿? Why are we still acting like these mass murderers have our best interest as their agenda. The only thing they are about is controlling people. Look at what they have done to the people of Haiti? They stold billions from the Haitians, and today the children have to eat mud to quench their hunger. Wake up people! You are sleep walking.

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    TIME

    Indeed the French are perhaps the worst of the Caucasian Christians ranking right there with the Nazis. Hitler was a staunch Roman Catholic. However our people in Lucia are a miseducated people, and the job of individuals like the C.I.A. operatives Rick Wayne the naked stripper, and Black Pete Josie who proclaim to the world how happy the Slave Masters made them worship another naked white man as their God, is to continue the mental enslavement of Black People. You will never read anything to enlighten you from a ninny stripper and a self-hating Negro. Here is a picture of what France and America has done to the children and people of Haiti.

    Haitians eating dirt cookies. Extreme poverty in Haiti.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKzartuPq-Y

    Haitians eat dirt cookies to survive bon bon terre
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3337cj4sJQ

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  6. Flambeau Inc. is cross with dejection:
    A golden opportunity to seduce a well trained military regiment of cohorts as MERCENARIES in conjunction with rag tag elements of IMPACS platoon-
    Led by newly appointed
    -Colonel Peter (Judas) Josie
    to initiate St Lucia’s 1st COUP DE ETAT !
    From
    -the lookout @ Pigeon Island Ramparts

  7. Here is what St Lucians have to tell the rest of the world about getting involved into its personal matters. Unless these nations, the hypocrites to selectively target specific nations while ignoring other nations who are guilty of equally or more abusive in situations similar to the ones we are accused of, yet their names are never mentioned. Tell these nations to stay clear of our internal matters like the way we avoid theirs. Also unless they are willing to be unfair and impartial then they cannot judge us. It is that plain and simple. We have a right to coexist with all and enjoy that equal measure of treatment if extended to one should be given to all.

  8. DESSAULT MIRAGE

    perfect observation of the intent of this French behavior. I have to travel this morning and will elaborate on this later today.

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  9. You and I we born in order to make a difference in this life. That is one of the most important lessons in life that no one teaches. Unless we have such a vision while staying focused on that passageway, then we have failed to make that positive difference. In that journey in life where do you think we are? Where are we ought to be and why not? Are we willing to put the time and effort to readjust things to make living much more fun and caring. Where do you stand in that crowd?

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    The individual journalists for this Newspaper of record, and the many conscious bloggers who contribute to the stimulating topics and discussions, have encouraged you to take time to consider the things you have been told by the way of the written word, but especially the messages conveyed by way of statutes and images intended to distort your sense of Reason and teaching you self-hatred while simultaneously telling you that God and his mother are Caucasians; since God is the most beautiful, most powerful and he is Caucasian, then where does that leave you and your children?

    Dr. Kenny Anthony is a very intelligent and sophisticated World-class Leader who comprehends the politics and dynamics of White Supremacy politics. The other guy is the antithesis of Dr. Kenny Anthony. Allen is a mulatto who feels that because of his father’s money, he is ENTITLED ! entitled to be your Prime Minister even though this nincompoop is incapable of communicating with fifty percent of the elderly on the island, and is a complete moron hoping to do the biddings of the French Racist to destroy our beautiful country. Well, Allen Chastanet, as you all should know is a Frenchman; born in Martinique.

    DO YOU THINK THAT THIS LOW DOWN ACTIONS BY THE FRENCH OPPRESSORS, IN AN ELECTION SEASON WAS REALLY ABOUT IMPAC??? ‘Par de mwem sort telma kooyon’?? You cannot be so frigging dense and comatose. This so-called “snub” by these oppressors and murderers, was designed to embarrass Dr. Kenny Anthony with the hopes of getting the ‘Soufriere-Reject Allen Chastanet into a Government that will be controlled by French Caucasians named Chastanet and De Bouley.

    Dr. Anthony is demanding that our people of African Ancestry be compensated by France for enslaving and robbing us of our Labor for four-hundred years of picking Sugar Cane and Cotton, while Allen and his cabal of Samboes have told you to not to mention Slavery. Can you imagine this lowlife, telling Jews not to mention the Holocaust?? But in Allen Chastanet’s eyes and his French handlers they must do all in their power to sully the Good name of Dr. Anthony.

    NEVER FORGET HOW ALLEN CHASTANET INSULTED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY’S INTEGRITY. PLEASE REFLECT ON THIS INSULT SET UP BY CHASTANET AND FRANCE.

    https://www.facebook.com/THINK-Forward-284538805083530/videos

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    I attempted to put the video, titled, “WAS SIR JAMES PLANTED BY THE COMPTON FAMILY?” in the above link but the whole catalog of videos came up

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  12. The Treaty of Versailles that played us like a baton in a relay race between France & England, stopped at the ascendancy of We The People –
    who earned this Isle via UNPAID sweat, horrible blood letting, and agonizing tears from merciless cruelty-
    LEST WE FORGET!

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    Africans Live On A Continent Owned by Europeans!

    The Dream of Europeans is to transform the whole continent into South Africa or Kenya, where a white minority owns and controls the local economy, while Africans are just good like consumers or their servants.

    The subject is uncomfortable but we need to talk about it, otherwise we will wake up with more Robert Mugabe who is doing a great job redressing centuries of white minority domination and exploitation of Zimbabwean people.

    Let’s take a look at South Africa, a country where the white minority makes less than 10% of the population but owns more than 80% South African lands and economy. They didn’t buy those lands.

    In South Africa 64% of top senior management positions are filled by whites. 90% of the board of the Central Bank is made of the white minority. 90% of media is in the hands of Whites, who control content, project whiteness (local South African adverts have a 85% White representation) and marginalize and exploit Africans, with the exception of Africans being 86% represented in alcohol adverts. 97% of mainstream South African films are owned, produced and directed by non-Africans.

    Africa without Africans is the dream of the local predatory, supremacist white minority.

    A recent report came to challenge the well spread idea that the West is pouring money into Africa through aid without receiving much in return. All in contrary, the report proved that Africa has lost up to $1.4 trillion in illicit financial flows to the West from 1980 to 2009. This amount is 233 times the 60 billions foreign “aid” Africa supposedly receives every year from the West.

    The illicit financial flows involve the transfer of money earned through corruption, bribes, tax evasion, criminal activities and transactions involving contraband goods. In the end, the report concluded that those illicit financial flow are fast growing and are far exceeding money coming into the continent, therefore seriously undermining the continent’s development.

    Now let’s be clear, those illicit financial flow are organized by the very same foreign people who claim they come to help build Africa, the same people you and me see and meet everyday in Africa. They might be your employers, your friends or neighbors but that doesn’t change the nature of who they are and what they are doing.

    Of course the local rich subalterns helping those folks got their big houses and cars, but Africa as a whole has no sustainable future with that model of development.

    This is not different from colonial times! but it’s nicely called “Africa is Rising”.

    http://www.siliconafrica.com/africans-live-on-a-continent-onwed-by-europeans/

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    KICK OUT THE FRENCH MERCENARIES AND SPIES FROM ST. LUCIA IF YOU ARE INDEPENDENT.

    Zimbabwe’s president kicks out private diamond miners, nationalizes industry

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Monday ordered the expulsion of eight foreign diamond mining companies and turned over all mining operations to the newly formed, government-run Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Co.

    Several companies abandoned their equipment, including: Anjin Investments Ltd., the Diamond Mining Co., Jinan Mining Ltd., Kusena Diamonds, Marange Resources Ltd. and Mbada Diamonds. These organizations were invited to nationalize their assets but they chose to stay as private entities and give up whatever little political capital was built up.

    “Since they no longer hold any mining titles, these companies were notified this morning to cease all mining with immediate effect,” Zimbabwe Mines Minister Walter Chidakwa said.

    Zimbabwe ranked ninth in total diamond output in the world with 4.7 million carats in 2014, according to the fourth annual report on the global diamond industry prepared by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and Bain & Co. Last year, Zimbabwe’s production fell by 1.6 million carats and the government received $23 million in royalties and other fees from diamond mines, down from $84 million in 2014.

  15. Looks like the authour/stenography of this article is ashamed to attach his/her name to this article; and should ultimately be ashamed to claim to be a journalist! Also, the editor who allowed this article to be published, should be publicly caned for dereliction of duty!

    What’s with the “The Voice understands”, “a French Embassy source”, “another source”? Those phrases paint the Voice as a mere gossip rag and propaganda mouthpiece!

  16. The individuals who have seen fit to make Allen Chsstanet their lead man, has done perhaps the most insulting act towards the people of Saint Lucia since the day when Europeans made black people worship an image of themselves as the God and Master of black people.

    Bloggers have told us that Josie the Benedick Arnold of Saint Lucia, does not want a black woman to be a Carnival queen, and his greatest hope is to have a white woman as Governor General, and First Lady over the Black Savages on the island by putting Chastanet a Frenchman, to reign supreme as Emperor over the Black natives on Saint Lucia.

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