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Monday, February 21, 2010 – As Saint Lucia celebrates thirty-two years of independence from Great Britain a call has gone out for all sectors of the society to unite for the greater good of the country.


The call was issued by the Minister Responsible for Housing, Local Government, Physical Development, the Environment and Parliamentary Representative for Castries Central Honourable Richard Frederick, during an exclusive interview with the GIS following the National Ecumenical Service on Monday February 21.


Minister Frederick says the unification of the nation is essential at this time, particularly because of the many challenges encountered towards the attainment of Independence. (31 seconds)


“Independence is a culmination of a number of fights, struggles and battles because a lot preceded independence and the annual celebration brings back a lot of memory and I believe what underscores the need for unity is the fight that we as a people had to undergo before we reached the milestone of Independence”. (23 seconds)


Saint Lucia`s Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Honourable Guy Mayers says as the country celebrates another year of independence the freedom for all law abiding citizens must never be compromised.


Minister Mayers says with an increase in criminal activity around the island, government will do whatever is necessary to guarantee the freedom of the citizenry.


“The police have embarked on “Operation Restore Confidence”. In general the public's response has been very supportive. I would like to ask the public to not just applaud the efforts of the police but to continue to cooperate with the police—let us all work hand in hand with the police and take our country back from the criminal elements who are trying to make our lives miserable; GOD will not do it for us—of course he will assist us—but let us pray, trust GOD and work hard together to overcome the evil that we have in our society today.”


Minister Mayers called for all Saint Lucians to join the fight to combat crime and other social ills plaguing the country at this time.

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