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Jan 15, 2014

P.U.P. leader, Francis Fonseca, says party to commit to more aggressive advocacy

Francis Fonseca

With the launch of its social justice agenda, the P.U.P. is also making a commitment to more aggressive advocacy and agitation on social issues. The party has been seen as somewhat on the side when critical matters arise. There have been numerous protests by various parties and the P.U.P. as a mass party has been less than visible on the forefront – case in point the ongoing peaceful protests by teachers to fight for a salary adjustment. P.U.P. leader Francis Fonseca agreed that there is much more that needs to be done, and will be done from now on.


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“I think it’s not about joining those people but about leading our own fight. We have been in support of all of these protests; we have been in contact with all of those individuals. But we respect them. I have sat down and talked to the Belize National Teachers Union, for example, and I have made it very clear to them that the P.U.P. supports those teachers. We support their right to be out there, forst of all, which the government does not. But apart from that we support their right to an immediate increase in salary, which is long overdue. The last increase came under the People’s United Party government, and I remember because I was the Minister of Education at the time. That was the last increase for teachers and public officers. So we fully support them. But we respect their right that they want to keep these protests as much as possible non-political. So we have said to our supporters who want to go out – go out and support them. Put on your green shirts. But in terms of the work of the People’s United Party, you’re absolutely right. We have to step up our advocacy. As I said at the beginning of 2014 to our party, people expect more from the People’s United Party. They expect a more aggressive People’s United Party, a stronger, more effective P.U.P.”

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4 Responses for “P.U.P. leader, Francis Fonseca, says party to commit to more aggressive advocacy”

  1. Rod says:

    It’s about damm time

  2. sickntired says:

    All in good time – no stress. Belizeans forgetful so unless the opposition ready to keep up their opposition they cant do scatter shot activities cause nobody will remember. They do need to be ever present though and be more assertive of their position. The new leader is young and strong so he can learn new ways of leading the people and keeping out the old trash.

  3. Uncle Benji says:

    P.U.P. all the way….. that’s the way I grew up; and in Belize, we tend to think with our hearts and not our heads. Thus, if George Price or Said Musa said “let’s march”, we marched.

    Those were the good old days, but they have disappeared. Today, the PUP is weak and getting weaker. Francis, you are just not a leader. Simple as that. Evan (confusing) Hyde could do a better job.

    My heart bleeds, and the tears of my descendants cry for our beloved P.U.P.

    Said Musa, you need to rescue the PUP…….. as a favor to Precio, Lindy, Ducho, Assad and the diaspora. You owe them.

  4. Joe Blank says:

    Please Uncle Benji, nobody want Said. Said is synonymous with everything that what went wrong with the PUP. The farther Francis can get from him, the better. He can go along with the Hydes and Espats. And for the record,for being loyal to a party, be it PUP or UDP, it should be mandatory that u have brains as well as balls. No marching for no one. This is what these clowns love. Robots.

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