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Sep 20, 2018

A Look Back When Belize Became an Independent Nation

Prime Minister Dean Barrow remains in Havana, Cuba, after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. He’ll spend Independence Day recuperating and is expected to return to the country in a few days.  This is the first time that we recall, he has missed Independence Day in Belize, but he released a statement to Belizeans. He states that the maintenance of our independence with our territory intact is vindication of all those qualities that made our original struggle so wonderful to behold.   Barrow also went on to cite the challenges now facing the nation. He says, “But this is the year 2018 and there are still multiple challenges that beset us. Many are new. They are not peculiar, though.  Indeed, they are no more than should be expected from any nation-building process and are shared by all small, developing countries. One, however, remains the same bane that confounded our Independence campaign. But we defeated it then and we will defeat it now. And if next April, we decide to deploy the newly available legal tool of our impregnable I.C.J. court case, it will mark the beginning of the end for Damocles and his sword.”   Tonight at midnight, Belizeans and friendly countries will join together in celebrating Belize’s thirty-seventh year as an independent and sovereign nation.  This year’s theme “Belize Da Fi Wi – Now and Forever, 8867” celebrates Belize’s territorial integrity amidst the looming Guatemalan threat.  On September twenty-first, 1981 under the stewardship of the late Right Honorable George Cadle Price, the Belizean flag was hoisted for the first time.  Tonight we take a look back at the first few minutes before and after Belize officially declared its independence from Great Britain. 


[Highlights of Belize being officially declared an independent nation...]

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