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Jan 29, 2013

Faber redux: Minister’s forgotten protest

As far as the union negotiations go, the buck stops at Prime Minister Dean Barrow, but the man in the hot seat is Minister of Education, Patrick Faber. His name came up repeatedly in the chanting by union members in the demonstration, and they were not exactly chants of praise. Faber’s position today is markedly different from back in 2005 when he was a member of the Opposition and fought for issues including a raise for teachers. Who can forget the footage of the then revolutionary storming the proverbial fort of UB only to be turned back by Police and subsequently arrested for assault? Faber says he remembers those days when he stood up for the cause, but things are different now than they were then.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“I am told about my arrest back in 2005, but a reminder, my arrest was not on any teacher issue or no raise of pay issue. I was trying to get into the University of Belize where Said Musa was giving a speech. I think people are confusing the issues terribly. But nonetheless, I agree with all of those who said that I used to be that kind of persons who stands up and I stood up. I respect the teachers and the few public officers who are out here demonstrating today for what they believe is something that they are deserving of. I too empathize with them. I was once a teacher and a union activist. I empathize with their cause, but this is nothing like what happened in 2005 when people had even more reason because of the major corruption, because of the major activities of the Musa administration at the time; and people had a right to be riled up. And that is why back in 2005, a minister try to pass a crowd like that, a missile mi wah fly and I am still cautious, but it didn’t happen. So it seems to suggest that while yeah we are standing for a cause, by and large people understand. And I am willing to bet that the Belizean people out there understand that outside of the public service and outside of the teachers that this government is simply trying its best to remedy a situation that has gone terribly wrong.”

 

We note that while Faber made a reference to the tension not being what it was then in terms of the mood of the crowd, he was flanked by armed Police bodyguards during his interview and when he returned to his office following Cabinet meeting.

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7 Responses for “Faber redux: Minister’s forgotten protest”

  1. belizean says:

    Because the same GOB has caused it out of control. The entire country is out control at this time.I don’t kniw what Faber is referring to as even in their GOB there is corruption

  2. me says:

    so…are you saying you refuse to negotiate to move some cash around, make some adjustments in finances so 2,500 families can have food on their table? so that 2,500 families can maybe have a chance to get out of the poverty class?

    UDP say they are a grass roots party, but who do they think teachers are? Millionaires, high class aristocrats? no, these are the grass roots people who actually contribute to our society.

    c’mon GOB and Mr. Faber. have a heart.

    SIDENOTE: Look how Patricky Faber mi so maugre back then. he get in government and ih get fat up. Good life, eena dem ya haad times, noh?

  3. Ixchel Pop says:

    I stood beside Patrick Faber in support of the strike back then as he had come up from the same profession as the number of teachers we were all standing in support- but no look how he has turned his back on us. God don’t like ugly! This governemnt is unraveling- stop being such a hypocrite Faber!

  4. ceo says:

    Every politician knows exactly what is needed when they are out of office. When they are ellected they develop amnesia. The only difference now is he is the one that has to answer!

  5. Nimbo says:

    what is so different back then to now? Revolution is revolution- it is only different when it comes to which side of the fence you are on. Guess now that he is in Govnt enjoying all the perks and good life that he can now turn his back on the demonstrators now..

    Enjoy it while you can and fatten up while it lasts..everything MUST COME TO AN END. and your end is nearer than u think..

  6. Storm says:

    Hon. Faber, exactly how, in detail is the government “trying its best to remedy a situation that has gone terribly wrong.”

    And why has it gone terribly wrong?

    do you really believe you have the answers, anj if you do, why have you kept them secret for so long?

  7. sickntired says:

    Faber do you really want the teachers to point out the obvious? Of course there is corruption. All the ministers too busy thiefing that is why they no paying attention to the country. All the poor teachrs want is their raise – not quarrel with gob. I feel say gob cant pay anything otherwise it will mean less for this incompetent bunch to thief. And they too simple to understand that if they grow the economy they could make everybody happy and still have what to thief. Bunch of self serving idiots!

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