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Immediately following their protest at the MJC school grounds a number of the students made their way to the Orange Walk Central Park where they continued their peaceful protest in solidarity of the teachers.


Showing his support for the students this morning was Mayor of Orange Walk, Kevin Bernard who offered a few words of encouragement for the students.


Screen_Shot_2016-10-03_at_7.57.14_PMMayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town Council


“You are all right thinking people, look at things openly, objectively not politically but look at things objectively and you make your decision on what you believe is wrong and what is right. You are the future of our country; you all will be future leaders, you are the ones that will shape the difference and so that is why it is important that I come out here and support you at the end of the day we are all Belizeans and we must stand together and we must fight corruption and we must fight cronyism and we must fight against injustices and that is why thank you for standing up and I am proud of all of you let us all say Belize together as one. I am very proud to see that our young students, our future generations the young people they are the ones that will shape the difference. We need to make sure that at the end of the as a people as voters we tell the government and whichever government that we will not tolerate the misuse, the corruption, the abuse, the cronyism, the nepotism that is taking place across this country for many years.”

 

Mayor Bernard also expressed his continued support for the Belize National Teachers Union.


Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town Council


“We need to make sure that we are sending a message to Dean Barrow and his government and to the ministry of education, the Deputy Prime Minister who tried to intimidate our teachers and that the teacher will not be intimidated; I am a board chairman but at the end of the day I am a Belizean and I can say that all the teachers that stood out her today are sending the right message and that they are not in agreement on what is happening to our country at this time  and we are facing a huge amount of issues and we may possible be facing devaluation soon and we are in a recession, this country is running broke.”


The office of the Mayor also issued a press release this morning where Mayor Bernard offered his support for the BNTU and condemned GOBs tactics of intimidation against the teachers, stating quote “I condemn without reservation the bullying tactics of this administration, the name-calling and insults and personal attacks and threats and intimidation. Not one of the demands by the teachers, and in fact by so many Belizeans is unreasonable or unjust.” End quote.

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