It is with a heavy heart that I sit here today and witness the injustice committed by elected representatives that we the people have [unfortunately] put in power.
This is no longer about Red or Blue, nor is it about the egos of small minded people, this is about us as a Belizean people and our future as a Nation!
The 26th of August 2016 is a day that will go down in history as the day that a corrupt band of thieves that are part of the so called United “Democratic” Party has disgraced the core principles of democracy. On this day, elected and appointed officials have not only suppressed the freedom of speech of an ELECTED official of the Belizean House of Representatives but have also violated the FREEDOM of PRESS!
Honorable Julius Espat, the elected area representative from Cayo South and Deputy Party leader of the opposition, was removed through brute force from the house of representatives for standing his ground and fighting for his people! Espat was to speak on detailed instances of corruption in the Auditor Generals report on the Immigration Department. The reason that this provoked so much fear in the United Democratic Party is because Dean Barrow, current Prime Minister, and his Wife were both implicated in the procurement of an unwarranted Belizean passport for none other than Dean Barrow’s Brother in law, Peter William Dahlstrom, one of over 50.000 illegal or fraudulent passports.
Julius Espat is well known for making it his personal mission to be a real VOICE for the people who elected him and that passion is what fueled the spirited disagreement that occurred between the member from Cayo South and the Speaker of the house of representatives. Espat, after being shut down several times, pointed out to the Speaker and to the Belizean people that Michael Peyrefitte, House Speaker, is in no way an impartial mediator having previously been a standard bearer for the UDP in 2007 and has been acting as “ a mercenary of [The UDP] ” to muzzle the voice of the opposition.
The Speaker then proceeded to ask a Minister of government to Name the member of Cayo South. This petition, however, seemed to have fallen on an unwilling audience because he proceeded to ask not ONCE, Not TWICE but THREE times before saying “So NO Minister is prepared to name this person” in order to goad someone to do his bidding. After some time, Hon. Julius Espat was prepared to retract his statement and issue an apology, a movement that was then supported by the UDP area representative from Mesopotamia, Hon. Michael Finnegan. However the speaker’s arrogance and wounded ego would not have it and with the aid of Hon. Wilfred Elrington moved for the suspension of Hon. Espat from the House.
This was where Espat chose to stand his ground and was surrounded by his fellow members of the opposition in what was a protest on behalf of The People of Belize and our voice! The police were then called in and brutally removed not only Julius Espat from the Building but also forcibly removed several members of the Media in a feebly and cowardly attempt to once again silence the voice of our nation. Freedom of speech and Freedom of press are two of the most fundamental tools, core principles of a democratic country, that we have as a people to prevent corruption and remind this Government that they work for the people who put them there and not the other way around!
Had Julius Espat not stood his ground the country would still be in the dark exactly about what this UDP administration is capable of. Unfortunately this is not the only time that the Government and the Police have abused their power and position. Our youth, the future of Belize, is constantly being oppressed and handled with this amount of brute force and nothing is done because no one speaks up about it!
Now is our time!
Do not let this brave act go in vain!
Do not let this become today’s news and yesterday’s gossip!
Stand up and fight for your country! I urge you to Contact international Media Outlets, Write public petitions and open letters, Protest! Show them that our voices cannot be shut out because united we will be heard! And united we stand strong!
Written by our Belizean Ambassador on the 27th of August 2016.
The Belizean people have the right to speak up; W.I.R. supports their pursue towards a correct functioning democracy with all their fundamental Human Rights guaranteed.