While the collective was in the midst of preparations for the meeting that the prefect had set at his convenience, Wednesday, December 01, 2021 at 2 p.m., in his office room, a member of the collective received a call from the prefecture telling him that the prefect had arbitrarily decided to cancel the meeting which had been scheduled for a week.
“This recurring lack of respect for the word given by the prefect no longer shocks us because it has become a habit. However, these actions lead us to wonder about the real intentions of the representative of the State in Saint-Martin. Indeed, the objective of the meeting, which was arbitrarily canceled, was to continue the discussions already started two weeks ago, in order to jointly find solutions to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants, greatly degraded since the passage of hurricane Irma.
No one can doubt at present the will of the collective to sit around the negotiation table and defend the legitimate demands of the population. We believe that it is time to have a frank discussion / negotiation on all the major issues which would allow us to better understand the situation in St Martin and especially to find concrete answers to the difficulties of the inhabitants. We are in the 21st century and mentalities and institutions must evolve for the benefit of the greatest number.
Unfortunately, to discuss, we need credible partners driven by the will to defend the general interest and more particularly that of the most deprived. So the collective has taken note of the arbitrary decision and is patiently waiting for the prefect’s goodwill to appear again. In the meantime, suffering is gaining ground, especially in working-class neighborhoods and anger is brewing. Who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind.”