Tight security at Fish Day

POSTED: 05/6/14 10:53 AM

CUL-DE-SAC – Under tight security, the twelfth edition of Fish Day passed yesterday without incidents. For the first time, the event took place in a completely fenced off area near the pier for the ferry to Pinel Island. Members of the gendarmerie and the municipal police were everywhere. There was only one entrance to the festival grounds and police officers searched all visitors to the event for weapons with electronic wands. Yet, the atmosphere was relaxed – nobody wanted a repeat of the tragic events of last year, when a gunfight erupted that left seven people injured while a 20-year old was killed.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and the President of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin, Aline Hanson visited Fish Day as is their custom, and they had a good time together.

Wescot-Williams acknowledged the fishermen’s hard work and the dedication that provided the population with food. “It is good to be here and to be a part of this traditional event celebrating our fishing heritage,” the prime minister said. “It is a good moment, in this celebratory atmosphere to remember the hard work and the dedication of our fishermen and their ancestors have shown by going to sea to face the elements in order to feed our population.”

Wescot-Williams joined President Hanson in a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of last year’s Fish Day shooting.

Traffic into Cul-de-Sac was one-way for the duration of the event that concluded at ten o’clock last night.


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