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#JusticeForLaddie: movement perseveres despite denial of permit for protest march

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2021. 5:34 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The movement continues to obtain justice in whatever form for the late Laddie Gillett of Cayo.

The youngster, 14, was shot and killed by police officers responding to a report of potential mischief in Placencia, Stann Creek District, on the night of July 14.

In an archly-worded statement, the “Belize City Branch” of the organization said it had to cancel a planned protest on the Emancipation Day holiday on Monday because police would not grant a permit for a march.

Rhetorically, the group asks, “Why celebrate Emancipation Day? When we live in a country with a corrupted government, a country with dictatorship, a country with an unjust justice system, a country with an unprofessional police department. Why do we sing land of the free (sic)? We are not free, we are surrounded and captured by all these things that don’t make us free.”

The group vows to continue its protest and to make sure lives lost to gun violence and to the police will not be forgotten and promises an update on their plans.

 

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