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Oct 4, 2017

Burning Tires for High Gas Prices?

Early this morning, travel by commuters on the Haulover Bridge at the northern entrance of the City, was interrupted by a predawn bonfire that filled the air with thick black smoke. Several tires were placed across the bridge and set on fire at about five-thirty. The blaze was eventually put out by the Fire Department, clearing the way for the flow of traffic about an hour later.  Police have not been giving interviews for days, so there is little information to go by. It is known, however, that they are looking for at least two persons for questioning.  A similar incident occurred at the Belcan Bridge in the City back in October 2016. Six persons were arrested in that case but the matter fell apart in court for lack of evidence.  This was followed by similar acts on the Hummingbird Highway. At the time, the teachers were striking and the sense was that the burning fires were an act of solidarity with them. So what is behind this one? While flatly denying responsibility or involvement, co-chair of the Belize Leaders for Social Justice umbrella group, Moses Sulph, posited that someone may have wanted to show their frustration at a number of national ills, including the high gas prices crippling the cost of living. Sulph says there are better ways to do it.

 

Moses Sulph

Moses Sulph, Co-Chair, Belize Leaders for Social Justice

“I think the more effective way will be for people to come out and let our voices be heard. Our organization – and that is why we are organized – because we want to do things in an organized manner which we think will bring more benefit. But I am saying there are a lot of people in our society who are dissatisfied with the high gas prices, and they’re going to find means of expressing that. We can’t control how they express that. I am not going to express it in that manner; my organization is not going to express it in that manner. However, we cannot determine what other people in society does. And this is again showing that – Mr. Government, you need to listen, because it’s not only one organization or one set of people who are dissatisfied by this but we are taking it in the more civil manner, so i am hoping that on that level it will be respected. Because people will continue to be outraged and they will continue to do things in a manner that shows that they are outraged about it. And if they choose those avenues, who am I to tell them they can’t do it? I am not going to do it; and the organization that I am a part of will not do it, but we cannot control or dictate how people are frustrated and how they want to show their frustration.”

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1 Response for “Burning Tires for High Gas Prices?”

  1. asdfg says:

    HA !
    HERE IN CAYO WE HAVE CHEAP GAS PRICES !!!
    EASILY, WE GO TO MELCHOR TO FULL OUR TANKS AND COME HOME.
    EVEN THE GUATEMALAN TAXIS COME FROM MELCHOR WITH THEIR TANKS FULL TO RUN CHEAPER TAXI HERE IN CAYO !!!
    SO BARROW`S HIGH GAS PRICES IS NOT AFFECTING OUR GUATEMALAN BROTHER TAXI DRIVERS HERE IN CAYO.

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