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Feb 1, 2018

San Jose/San Antonio villagers Take a Walk for Justice

The shocking deaths of the Oh sisters have galvanized residents from San Jose and San Antonio villages.  Together they have organized a Walk for Justice in memory of Cricencia and Josephine Oh.  The walk is intended to condemn crime, and appeal for justice, unity and peace in the Toledo District, as well as the country.  News Five spoke by phone with Maya Choc, organizer of Walk for Justice.

 

On the Phone: Maya Choc, Organizer, Walk for Justice

“The murder of the sisters has really shaken up the entire district.  There’s the University of Belize here and we have a lot of women who get on the bus.  The nine o’clock bus is filled with women; students heading back home and I know that the bus doesn’t really go to some of the communities that they live.  Sometimes people hitchhike, sometimes people walk in.  So it’s a scary feeling that, you know, everybody is vulnerable to something like this and it’s just about, for us it’s all about unity and peace and justice for the sisters.  I mean, it’s a gruesome thing that happened and we are happy that they captured a suspect in that.  We worked with the, we reached out to the Oh family and we told them about this initiative and they are onboard with us.  For the agenda, the Walk for Justice, we are going to start with a planting of the cross at the site where they found the sisters.  Then we’re going to have a prayer there and from there we’re going to head to San Antonio Village where the sisters are from and we’re going to have a candlelight vigil from the beginning of the village into the center of the village where the football field is located and there we’re going to have speeches from the community leaders and other invited guests.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Is there an appeal for other residents within the Toledo Districts and from various villages and Punta Gorda Town as well, to join in on this initiative?”

 

On the Phone: Maya Choc

“Yes, we are inviting the general public to come out and support.  Come out and let’s stand up for justice, you know, for peace.  We don’t want to be living in fear, we want to continue living in a peaceful society.  We have transportation leaving from Punta Gorda, as well as San Jose and San Antonio as well because we’re going to have transportation from the village itself to the site which is also a part of the program, as well as from Indian Creek, Big Falls and Golden Stream.”

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