NO FREE HELP To St.Lucia after Hurricane Tomas Trinidad PM Speaks

NO FREE HELP To St.Lucia after Hurricane Tomas Trinidad PM Speaks

—— HTS St.Lucia reports —
The statement first appeared in a front page story of the Tuesday Trinidad Express newspaper. Under the headline “No Free Help” – the Trinidadian Prime Minister is quoted as saying her country would not provide aid to the CARICOM countries affected by Hurricane Tomas unless there was benefit in it for Trinidad and Tobago. Our partners at TV6 in Trinidad have since provided us with the statement the Prime Minister made on Monday

hours after she says she received a call from Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonzales seeking aid for his country.

The article quickly went viral and fueled intense debate on local radio and on Facebook. Dr Keith Rowley – the Leader of the Opposition in the Trinidad House – also quickly distanced himself from the statement. In a letter circulated to regional and Trinidad media – Dr Rowley rejected the statement – calling it a “backward, colonial policy” the UNC – his party – would have nothing to do with.

He further stated that in times of such crisis it was incumbent on Trinidad to unconditionally be “our brother’s keeper, to the best of our ability.” The reaction from Facebook was even more damning. In one instance an open letter has been penned to Kamla Persad-Bissessar demanding an apology. And in another a campaign has started to ban the purchase of all goods from Trinidad and Tobago. To date the government has not retracted its statement.

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