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Sep 5, 2018

“This is not the Answer’- PUP Leader

John Briceno

Three hours after the announcement of a state of public emergency for south side Belize City, the Opposition, People’s United Party reacted. Leader John Briceño hosted a press conference this afternoon, expressing dissatisfaction and concern with the measures by the Ministry of National Security.  Briceño says that the government should undertake a comprehensive and holistic approach to also address the socio-economic difficulties being faced by south side residents.

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“This is not the answer. The PUP would not have gone down this road because we would have been addressing this issue way back. Like I said, you are reaping what you have sewn. The government has abandoned and neglected Southside Belize City and today we are seeing the price of that abandonment, of using the Southside just for politics and not making the necessary change to transform the lives of the people of Southside Belize City. Yes we need to police the police on the ground. Yes we need to make sure we keep law and order in the area but that at the same time it is more than that. We have a lot of unemployed people in the Southside. We have a lot of young people who are not going to school because their family cannot afford it. We have a lot of anger where people believe that their children or their family members have been innocently killed and they have nowhere that they can go to. We should be having counseling centers as what the mayor can talk some more about it. It is not a matter of declaring a state of emergency and going in there and infringe on people’s constitutional rights and grab everyone on the streets and locking them up because one month later when you release them, what will happen? Locking up gang members for a month will not do anything to address the poverty and inequality on the Southside of Belize City. It will address the number of young people who are on the streets instead of being in school. We need to look at this problem from a holistic point of view.”

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1 Response for ““This is not the Answer’- PUP Leader”

  1. owk observer says:

    The declaration of state of emergency is long overdue and now the state suppose to get rid of their leaders, yes get rid of them however extreme it sounds, they only understand violence or senseless violence. What Mr. Briceno mentions is crap, since they have been in power for years and years and their response at that time was the same or this is some of their creation. It is true that this situation goes deeper than what is apparent but they just do not want to change or improve the lives of their kids so that they do not go thru the same hazzle as them; their kids just eventually just join them and the cycle repeat itself over and over with no end in sight; they do not want to work or create their own jobs yet still expect to have the luxuries of life!!

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