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Let’s Make Belize Truly Independent


Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016. 11:35 am CST.

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By Charles Leslie Jr.: Belizeans have the fear of feeling like they can’t do things completely on their own. They depend on the government, on their leaders, on everybody but themselves. If they could end this dependency, they would have the power to reverse everything that is wrong with this country.

We live in a culture of dependency. It is hard to resist. But once you give in, it is like a prison you enter that you cannot ever leave. We got our independence on September 21st, 1981, but only on paper. Dependency still imprisons us.

Since then and to this day, as a nation, as a people, we continually look outward for help and this severely limits our options and maneuverability.

When the time comes, as it inevitably does when you must make an important decision, you  have nothing inside of yourself to depend on. Now take this and overlay it on our leaders, on ourselves. Our leaders are lost and have no clue on what to do to save Belize, and the only group of people that stood up for our children’s future were our teachers.

What Belize needs is to truly become free, independent and sovereign, because we never were. We must start to move in the opposite direction, out of our comfort zone, thinking outside the box and become self-reliant. self-reliance must become the habit and once we do that, we will start attracting leaders that will also want self-reliance for our nation.

It’s time to take full possession of the independence and freedom we got on September 21st, 1981.


The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.

The article was written by Charles Leslie Jr., former independent Chairman of Placencia Village (2010 – 2013). He holds an Associates degree in business, accounting and economics and has over 20 years business experience.



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  1. For ten years I preached on Love FM’s Nirbubg Show that Belizeans should work for true independence. No one listened then. No one will listen now. The habits of dependence were planted too deeply too long ago. Breaking out of that ‘comfort zone’ will take a hundred years.

    Richard Merrill
    Corozal Town

  2. A few of us were listening, Richard. I can assure you, your time and efforts were not wasted. I would like to personally thank you for your efforts. We continue to fight to make Belize truly free.

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