St Lucia catsup or mustard
11 June 2016
We were fortunate enough to witness the election in st Lucia. The pm called for elections to be held after only two weeks, presumably because his party (red) wasn't doing well. We arrived a week before elections and saw red and yellow flags everywhere. The night before the election, we were in Soufriere, a small but crowded town in a beautiful bay. There were parades and trailers blaring loud music to the dancing crowds. It was all good natured and exciting fun.
We asked people throughout the week about the election and most thought it would be close. Our rough count had yellow ahead among those we talked with. On election night we learned that red was paying people to wear red shirts and drove them to the poles. Once at the poles, they must have voted yellow because yellow won by a lot. We were told that red government didn't live up to promises to stop crime and improve the economy.
One citizen told me that the U.S. Had pulled all aid to st Lucia due to police killings. He said they were working to correct that. I googled the U.S. Aid situation and found that due to 12 police shootings over 2 years, the $412,000 in aid had been pulled in 2012. Under the Leahy Act, the Secretary of State can deny aid to any country found to engage in significant human rights abuses.
The article went on to say that this policy was not uniform throughout the Caribbean. It stated that countries who are instrumental in the war on drugs regularly kill citizens in police actions in the name of drug enfourcement. An example give was that in one raid in Jamaica, 76 were killed including elderly and children.
Source is nacla.org North American congress on Latin America.
U.S. Aid to Jamaica is about $70 million and over $100 million to Cuba....hmmmmmmm.
We watched the returns at a local bar but couldn't last until the race was called. I knew the winner though. I bought chicken from a local stand. They had plastic bottles of catsup and mustard. I asked the shy girl, "catsup or mustard?" She showed me her ink-stained finger and smiled saying, "Mustard!"