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Sep 16, 2022

Shyne Visits Gales Point Manatee and Talks Vulcan

Opposition Leader Shyne Barrow led a fact-finding mission to Gales Point Manatee following cabinet’s decision last week not to allow any mining activity near the community. Along with Barrow were former area representatives Beverly Castillo and John Saldivar. Among the many issues discussed with residents of the village is the ongoing water crisis.  Here’s what Barrow told reporters about his trip.


Shyne Barrow

Shyne Barrow, Leader of the Opposition

“The water is contaminated right now as we speak, so the cabinet is saying that they are with the people of Gales Point, then fix the water problem that is in Gales Point right now.  Gales Point is in a very deteriorated state, so how much does this cabinet care about the people in Gales Point.  There could be other special interests involved, you know that there is a lot of corruption historically in this country where if you are not prepared to pay then yoh cyant play.  And that’s how they use the Belizean people as pawns.  Oh well, the people don’t want it, but that’s because maybe Vulcan, a multinational who has done business all around the world is not prepared to engage in any nefarious to bring something to the table that they believe would be beneficial to the country, as well as to them.  So I don’t buy that narrative that this is what the people of Gales Point want do that is why the cabinet won’t support it.  It is still a very irresponsible approach.  It should be that the government is a mediator as administrators on behalf of the Belizean people to say, okay, this is your problem, constituents of Gales Point, alright, Mr. Vulcan, this is what the people of Gales Point are saying what are you going to do to address this issue.”


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