Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019. 3:33 pm CST.
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On behalf of the National Student Union of Belize, the History Club and the Music/Art Club of the University of Belize, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who made the peace march possible and to all those who came out to show support. The objective of this peaceful walk was to highlight some safety concerns, especially at the University of Belize’s Central and Belize City campuses, to highlight national issues such as the increase of violence and crime and to issue a call to action to save our society and to take back our country from perpetrators.
The peace march commenced at 2pm under the Gazebo of the University of Belize’s Central Campus where invited guests such as Attorney Audrey Matura, Mayor Kevin Bernard and Pastor Luis Wade along with the Vice-President of the History Club of the University of Belize, Ms. Aleesi Chun, gave passionate speeches to about one hundred and fifty students on the importance of having a peaceful and secure environment. After the presentations, a bold march to the steps of the National Assembly Building took place where musicians from the Music/Art Club of the University of Belize serenaded the streets of Belmopan City with songs of peace. The route of the march was as follows: from the Parking lot of the University’s campus, the march proceeded through the main entrance of the campus, down southwest Hummingbird Avenue toward University Cresc, right onto Libertad Avenue, left onto South Ring Road in the direction of Shell Gas Station, right onto Constitution Drive, right onto Melhado Parade and onto the Ring Road to the National Assembly Building.
At the steps of the National Assembly, the students gave speeches, sung and recited poetry to promote peace and to end crime and violence in Belize. Simultaneously, members of the organizing committee delivered letters to the Ministry of National Security and the Commissioner of Police. During this route, the organizers took measures to assure that no damage to property, no harmful actions and no civil unrest would transpire.
We continue to encourage students, teachers and the community at large to strive for the need of a safe environment as we continue to advocate for peace, justice and the safety of all citizens of Belize.
Kevin G. Berganza
The National Student Union of Belize
The History Club of the University of Belize
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