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Jun 14, 2011

COLA keeps issues fit and relevant with another planned protest

Moses Sulph

It’s the beginning of the summer months and from the looks of it, the days ahead are likely to get hotter as militant citizens take to the streets.  Another demonstration being spearheaded by Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action is planned to take place in Belize City this Wednesday morning. Organizers are billing it as a peaceful protest, a week after a similar action by COLA, Belizeans for Justice and the Belizean Bus Association. Wednesday morning’s demonstration will take on a long list of grievances affecting the nation.  Those issues include the inhumane manner in which squatters were evicted from their homes on Chetumal Street Extension as well as the ongoing transportation crisis.  While it promises to be more of the same, COLA’s president, Moses Sulph, says that there is a need to keep these concerns on the radar.

Moses Sulph, President, COLA

“We’re organizing a demonstration to keep the issues highlighted and as we all know it the issues are not one, they’re not two and these are not issues just to be, just to say that, you know we want to be problematic or anything.  It is clear that there is too much unemployment in this country.  It is clear that the cost of living is too high.  It is clear that the gas price is too high.  It is still clear that people cannot obtain land and people are still homeless from even the squatter area.  They were promises made that the persons’ houses that were torn down they would have been housed for a while.  However, those promises haven’t been materialized as yet.  There is a situation where I’ve met students in sixth form who won’t be able to go back because they cannot afford it.  They don’t have the money and they can’t get a summer job.  So these issues are not only one or two, it is many and it is our duty as a social organization to continue to lobby and [for] government to provide a better avenue for young people in this country, you know.  So those are the main reasons that we’re out there demonstrating.  So we’re asking persons to come out if possible at the Constitution Park.  We start at 9:30 and then we make our way through the principal streets, over the Swing Bridge, down North Front Street.  We will then turn by the Belize Bank, [go] over the bridge and end at the, what you call, the park at the seaside by the Mexican Embassy.”

As Sulph says, the protest starts Wednesday morning at nine-thirty from the Constitution Park.

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1 Response for “COLA keeps issues fit and relevant with another planned protest”

  1. EMS says:

    COLA keep up the good work! Belizeans rally around COLA! Justice for all!

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