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Oct 11, 2016

Alfonso Noble pickets B.N.T.U.; asks that teachers go back to classrooms

We’re not sure what to call this morning’s march from Cinderella Plaza to the headquarters of the Belize National Teacher’s Union in Belize City. Was it a protest – when we counted far more police guarding the protestors along the route – approximately twenty, including Inspector of Police Fitzroy Yearwood standing guard in front of the B.N.T.U. headquarters – than actual protestors, a total of four? Was it a demonstration, a picket, a march? Whichever, organizer Alfonso Noble was clear on its purpose: to raise the voices of those who do not support the B.N.T.U.’s industrial action and want their kids back in school.

 

Alfonso Noble, Protestor

“You see, it might seem funny, it might seem like a joke that it’s only me and Yellowman and Allan Kelly and my brother out here, but let me explain something to you: this is four persons standing for a belief that thousands of Belizeans have out here. Let me explain something to you: this is the start, you know? The teachers need to go back to school. This is me, Alfonso Noble, proving a point that I will be out here; I am coming out and doing my exercise, to show the teachers that we need to have the children in school. Man, Luke Palacio needs to stop his nonsense; Luke Palacio needs to go back to the negotiating table.”

 

Aaron Humes

“Obviously there are the eight negotiating points – it’s obvious that not only do they have support from various sectors of the society, it’s clear they have sticking power for several days now. So how would you tell your Government to negotiate that? Because it’s not just a matter of coming back to the negotiating table; it’s negotiating to the satisfaction of the teachers?”

 

Alfonso Noble

Alfonso Noble

“But Aaron, how do we get to negotiating when we are not even sitting around a table? Explain that to me. How do you sit and negotiate with somebody who is not willing to sit with you? And this has nothing to do with the Government, this has nothing to do with the teachers out at school and everything – this has to do with my child, being at home doing absolutely nothing? Making demands is not negotiating. How is that negotiating – making demands and not coming to the table to negotiate, how is that reaching any amicable solution or any solution whatsoever? In fact how do you even get to the point of discussing anything, when you are not coming to the table.”

 

Noble repeated several times during the course of our conversation that the protest was not sponsored by or indeed had anything to do with the United Democratic Party. But we are obligated to note for the record that he is a co-host on party station WAVE Radio’s morning show and editor of the official party newspaper, the Guardian.

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4 Responses for “Alfonso Noble pickets B.N.T.U.; asks that teachers go back to classrooms”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    The 3 stooges picketing, really common mein Mr. Noble this ain’t political fight this is a country against the gov for corruption and many other issues affecting the regular Joe and our future for our kids.

  2. Timber says:

    Picket that establishment at mile 3 1/2 where that accident occured with your eposa and the young bwai. Bet you won’t do that. When she had to lie and say she was driving and you had the gaul to call the owner of the hit vehicle acting an idiot. Well, you got it and found out exactly what she’s been doing there for a verrryyyy looonnngg time.

  3. Al says:

    Instead of protesting against our teachers, they should be protesting against their government for the corruption. But that would be like punching themselves in the face as they are simply UDP stooges who benefits from the little crumbs that fall their way. All they are accomplishing is their place in history as UDP brown noses.

  4. timber says:

    Only one missing was the thieving one who used to work at Fisheries who can call people thief over the television and he has no justification and has a big glass house. He is a disgrace. Now, his estranged wife and step daughter and son have apartments when a few years ago the step had debt all over Belize . Oh, let’s not forget August. All three of them can reunite like when they were at Cayo in their birthday suits and got blasted by a certain heavy chested young lady publicly.

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