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The Lucian People's Movement (LPM) has signaled its unwillingness to rely on the government to take action to stem the escalation of crime in Saint Lucia.

This comes following claims by party leader Therold Prudent that the LPM has made several appeals to the United Workers Party when it was in power and to the current Labour administration of Dr Kenny Anthony, to convene a national consultation on crime that would involve all sectors of society. Mr Prudent says St Lucians are fed up with the situation particularly in light of a wave of crime that has gripped the island in recent days.

Prudent has asked, how can Dr Anthony talk about ‘better days’ and have the audacity to promise to transform Saint Lucia into an oasis of national pride when the foundation of national unity, societal discipline and the tranquility that has served as the basis for promoting the country to the rest of the world as an island paradise is crumbling.

The LPM intends to commence a national dialogue with the many frustrated and disenfranchised youths, their parents, the business establishment, the media, law enforcement, religious institutions, farmers, teachers, nurses and other professionals, the families of the deceased and other victims of crime.”

The national consultation on crime is tentatively slated to convene in early 2014, and will be held over two days. Prudent stated that the convening of a national consultation on crime would allow the people to voice their opinion on issues that affect their personal safety, national security and economic well-being.

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