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Aug 4, 2014

Protest Leads to Arrest of BML Workers and P.U.P. Mouthpiece

Outspoken radio personality and well-known P.U.P. stalwart Albert Vaughn was also on North Front Street this morning taking pictures and providing coverage of the BML protest for Vibes Radio when he was arrested and detained by police.  Vaughn was following a garbage truck and a BML bus, both of which were being escorted to Precinct Three when he was apprehended.  It is unclear what charges, if any, will be brought against him, except to say that his detention is reportedly on the instructions of Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster.  This afternoon, the brass of the P.U.P., including party leader Francis Fonseca were outside the magistrates’ court where they were told that Vaughn and the BML employees would be arraigned.  They were, however, notified that the intention was to hold them overnight.  Fonseca told News Five that the matter could have been resolved with the issuance of tickets.

 

Francis Fonseca, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“As I understand it they are being charged for loitering.  Now it seems as [though] something is afoot where they are trying to hold these people overnight now and they are taking their sweet time processing them at the Queen Street Police Station.  They said that they’d bring them over to the magistrates’ court to be formally charged this afternoon at two.  We have our lawyers over at the Queen Street Police Station and we are informed that that processing is ongoing and they do not know if that processing will be completed today and therefore these forty-six workers of BML, along with Mr. Vaughn, may likely be kept overnight and we are saying that is absolutely disgraceful.  It is absolutely unacceptable.  If the people are being charged for loitering they can be issued a ticket and be allowed to leave the police station.  If there is any other minor charge that they have against these people let them issue those charges.  And I went over there personally to the Queen Street Police Station and every question I asked the officers their only response was Mr. Broaster instructions, Mr. Broaster’s instructions.  That is the basis on which all these people, these poor workers of BML who were protesting because they’re in jeopardy of losing their livelihoods so they are protesting to make a point, they are being held and charged by this very cold U.D.P. government.”

 

Reporter

“Can you say what Mr. Vaughn will be charged for or do you know what the charges are that the police…”

 

Francis Fonseca

“We really don’t know.  We really don’t know.  Again they’ve been talking about loitering… Mr. Vaughn was standing across the street taking pictures and speaking on his phone covering this matter for the Belize Times and Vibes Radio.  So it’s a matter that should be of concern.  Yes, Mr. Vaughn is not a member of the press in that regard, he’s a P.U.P. activist, we accept that but he was doing his job on behalf of the People’s United Party.”

 

Reporter

“Can you tell if he has been allowed to speak to an attorney or so?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“Yes.  He has been allowed.  I spoke to him personally, he also spoke with Kareem Musa who is over there with him now.  But it’s absolutely disgraceful that he was, you know, locked up in the first place, in the first instance.  There is absolutely no basis for having him locked up at the Queen Street Police Station and even the other workers who were protesting they are talking about them not having a permit to protest and all that.  These people were spontaneously walking and making a point about their livelihoods being in jeopardy.  They have every right to protest and there is absolutely no need for the heavy hand of the government to come down on these poor people.”

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4 Responses for “Protest Leads to Arrest of BML Workers and P.U.P. Mouthpiece”

  1. Sylvia says:

    Broaster da UDP Lacky, and just want to show that he could rough up a PUP. What goes around Mr. Braster will come around.

  2. Uncle Benhi says:

    It is showing. Your weakness is showing, Francis. You are not a leader. Please people, let’s bring back Musa or Ralph Fonseca. These guys are sly, and sly is good. They are deceitful, and deceit is good. They are greedy, and greed is good.

    There is nothing more despicable than weakness, especially in a leader. Back in the good George Cadle Preesho days, like Moses, Mr. Price would have walked up to Queen St and say “let my people go, ” and they would have been released. If not, Silky Stewart would have burnt the place down.

    Now we are talking. Eye for an eye. That’s leadership, not these lame ass interviews that Francis does.

  3. renkus junkus says:

    This is the one time I think its clearly obvious the PUP using this for political leverage.

    Despite the rough nature the police are known for, I have to give respect to Broaster. He was fair and just when explaining to the protesters that they had broken the law. There was no use of force.

    Finally, I would like to see your reaction if someone came and throw garbage in your house…Belize is MY HOUSE and I took offense to that. You think its ok what they did? Have someone smear a dirty diaper on the walls of your house and then let us see how calm you are. Let us see how fast you call for the police.

  4. CEO says:

    Every problem in Belize has politics as front and center!

    Will this ever change? Just read comment #1 above. The problem is perpetual!

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