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BNTU feels that action needs to be taken, will not support opposition’s call for national demonstration

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020. 2:14 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) says that, with the current state of affairs in Belize with the exposition of corruption in high political office, action needs to be taken; however the union will not get involved in politically motivated events such as the proposed national demonstration by the People’s United Party (PUP).

BNTU President, Elena Smith, said today that the time has come for action, and that the union is meeting today to discuss a number of issues, including what actions might be taken against corruption but that the union will keep out of party politics.

“From time to time when we do know that when the union has these kinds of actions that we are joined by whoever is in opposition and we have no control over that. But for us to go out there and say that we are joining them, its not something that we do. We do believe that action needs to be taken,” Smith said.

She added that too many things have happened socially in Belize and that the population at large has been quiet for the most part, taking no real action. She stressed that whatever action the union will take and when that action will be taken will be a matter for its members to decide.

Smith also spoke about the unfolding corruption trial of Lev Dermen in Utah, and the public disgrace of former National Security Minister John Saldivar, saying that the union still has concerns following his resignation.

“You cannot just have a person at this highest level being involved or allegedly involved in these sorts of behavior and they get a slap on the wrist. It can’t continue to happen,” Smith said, noting that the BNTU had called for Saldivar’s removal from as early as 2016.


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