Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2023. 11:22 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Moses “Shyne” Barrow began his Independence Day address calling on Belizeans to find the spirit within us that was the basis of the Flowers Bank 14, Antonio Soberanis, George Price and Philip Goldson, to fight for complete freedom and economic independence.
He asserted that education, health care, and affordable housing should each be recognized as a human right.
But he also condemned the Government for its rash of internal scandals and suggested “neglect of the Sarstoon” which he said emboldened Guatemalan armed forces to enter Belizean territory against the Belize Territorial Volunteers on September 10 and take the National flag from them. A temporary dwelling ought to have been in place that would have helped to avoid the events on September 10.
Economically, Barrow said Belize is further away despite borrowing nearly another billion dollars in the first three years of the administration. In home affairs, there are troubles in the Judiciary with prosecutors and judicial officers and they, he said, should be treated with the respect they deserve, not suffering from a home invasion.
And so goes crime with the headlines getting bolder and more brazen if the Ramnarace triple murders in Belmopan and the shooting of a mother in her bed in gang territory is anything to go by, and a failing health system places Belizeans at risk.
Independence should be celebrated every day, Barrow said, with legislation that underlines patriotism, nationalism and national development.
“Belizeans are as good as anyone in the world. Belizeans are worthy of a good life,” Barrow concluded to underline what Belizeans deserve from their Government: in a word, “all.”
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