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Jan 10, 2013

Will you walk for peace?

Stop the Violence! Today a mini peace walk was held in downtown Belize City. It was organized by former political aspirant, Phillip “Faada” Henry. The walk is as a result of massacre of the George Street four during the course of Monday night. The walk, which started at Battlefield Park, lasted only a few minutes and the cry was for a stop to the violence. The organizers told News Five about an upcoming Demonstration on January eighteenth that is expected to be bigger.


Phillip ‘Faada’ Henry, Organizer

Phillip ‘Faada’ Henry

“We had quite a few amount of people out there; citizens who care for the country, who care for this nation as much as these people who said that they are going to lead us to freedom and to solidarity. We have a huge amount of people who were out there just for this small thing for now because next week Friday at nine, we are going to ask the Police Department for the license for a huge demonstration at the Battlefield Park whereby we will call all the mothers who have lost a love one and all the fathers who lost and loved one and even the people from George Street who this big massacre—for the first time we have a huge massacre like this in this country—to join us in solidarity to bring down the crime in our country.  If you notice last year, there was a high rate in crime and no one said anything. And now in the New Year, they have a huge massacre and the government and the police are saying it is not the police job. Well if it is not the police job, they are saying that it could be cartels. Now if it is cartels; that is shame on our government—that means that they are not taking care of our borderlines; that means people are flowing in our country and killing our Belizean citizens.”


John Brackett

John Brackett, Organizer

“We have held a pre-demonstration prior to the upcoming demonstration that will be held on Friday of next week. We are interacting with the president of the student body of the University of Belize in Belmopan, Mister Hope. I have spoken to him earlier and he has assured us that he will be there supporting us. And we will be interacting with different non-government organizations, other social groups. And we are also asking the public if they are not happy about the massacre that occurred on Dean Street, we are asking them to come out and support us on Friday morning at the Battlefield Park. Don’t be afraid. This is an opportunity to let your voice be heard; let them know that you are dissatisfied about the crime and violence in our country. And so I am asking each and everyone—old and young—come out and let’s walk through the streets of Belize City with our heads up and our chest up and be bold on Friday.”


The event starts at nine a.m. next Friday. 

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11 Responses for “Will you walk for peace?”

  1. Storm says:

    I’m for massive protests and even national general strikes — the same People Power that has changed other nations around the world recently.

    But I’d rather see it organized by established civic organizations and churches. Where are our religious leaders in these dark times? Jesus Christ didn’t hide in the rectory and count the offerings, he stormed the Temple and chased out the money-changers! That’s the example the churches must adopt. God-loving Belizeans should arm themselves with righteous anger, and organize to force change for the better from north to south and east to west. We have the power, we need to use it.


    Sure, peace is good, but don’t forget your bullet proof vest.

    Don’t forget, it’s only a minority of the city that have dedicated their lives to violence, and killings.

    Good luck guys.

  3. oscar965 says:

    sorry but this serves no purpose…again..a politician trying to get milage out of a massacre….shame…jail all known gang members…now that is a change in the right direction but not a single elected officals has the balls to do it…

  4. Buju says:

    I am not the smartest person in the world but i have good sense and manners.

    On Channel 7 Faada Henry called the Belizean people the dumbest in the world and he still has the nerve to tell people to join his protest.

    Don’t get me wrong the message is excellent and i am all for that but I would never go out there to a protest organized by this gentleman!

  5. Coral Black says:

    Sound good, but you people can march for peace all you want, until
    there is Justice, there will never be Peace, in Belize, or any where on this planet. The
    issue is Poverty, thats the reason behind crimes, don’t you think these so called leader no
    that. Think; you elected them to serve you,how comes they are not trying to help the people have
    better living conditions? With all the abundance on this planet Poverty is a great Crime against Humanity. (They say a hungry man is a angry man). Until you all get rid of these incompetent
    wanna bees kings and queens on Orb ship Terra aka (Planet Earth), and face the real issue
    concerning poverty, and the frustrations it cause, and it links to crimes, then the carnage will continue. Love Justice so we all can live in Peace. Hotep YHWH

  6. Bear says:

    @Coral Black, you’re just reciting the chants of all the “black victimhood” advocates in the States. You will never get ahead with that outlook.

    For the most part, the gangsters live better than hardworking Belizeans, and the government subsidizes them. If they felt deprived by poverty, why not get out and work? Our country is a beacon for immigrants looking for work, why not get the homegrown boys to stop abusing alcohol and drugs, get off their rears, and WORK?

    The problem is less poverty than the nearly-terminal corrosion of the families. Little girls get pregnant and have babies by God only knows what man, and then drop out of school to take [pitiful] care of the baby. Fatherless “families” have neither support nor guidance nor a role model, and the cycle goes on and on.

    If you want to improve your life, find a good church and attend every week. Learn the Bible and apply its laws to your own life.

    Other than that, I agree with you.

  7. melinda says:

    Would i protest for the killing of four gang thieves? Do i look or sound crazy? I would never support a protest where four killers were killed. As to you guys there who would support a fool like Fawda, God help you. We have enough work in Belize, in the sugar, citrus and banana, with free housing for single men. But all the men there want to do is steal and kill. I hope they meet a forgiving God, because i will not shed a tear or wear my shoes thin in sorrow or protest for these guys.

  8. coral Black says:

    Bear: Your Governments are gangsters so are your Police, lawyers, military and
    your, churches especially your churches. Some just do crime in a more covert fashion, and; I do not write comments for any one to agree with me, it is what it is,and for that Bible thing, go do some reach on the His story of your bible, religious dogmas stolen from African Spiritually
    I am spiritual not relig wrong. I am not like many that sold their birth right just to get ahead.
    Just to find out that they are not going anywere,because they sold their soul to the soulless. So please don’t tell me what you think I am reciting.

  9. babygirl says:

    @Buju i so agree with you!

  10. OriginalWoman says:

    Wow, all of you putting the man down for attempting to do what none of you would!!! If he does not have a clue, then why don’t one of YOU who are make negative criticisms do it better???? Instead of becoming part of the solution, all you can do is citicize….It’s a wonder Belizeans have such a long, long way to go, too many people who are being judge and juries over situations, and definitely agree to disagree, instead of showing some support or some of your own actions, other than flapping your mouths on this blog to put others down, who are trying to make a good difference!!!!

  11. Seletar says:

    Coral Black, I don’t think the gang members want justice, actually. In fact, it is the last thing they want. In a sense, justice found the George Street 4, and it didn’t work out too well for them.

    I wouldn’t march in any way about these 4 dead gangsters, but I would support a public uprising to turn on the remaining gangsters and bring them to justice, one way or another.

    Longer term, I, too, would like to see some of the churches step up and play a prominent role to improve society. I know they have done that successfully in other countries, there are plenty of examples — Rev. Martin Luther King in the USA changed the country with peaceful protests of conscience, the mosques at Friday prayers in the Arab world helped organize the Arab Spring, and so on.

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