Youths take to the streets

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

Youths from various schools, community organizations, and concerned citizens took to the streets this week, protesting a myriad of social issues affecting Belize.
What started as a planned protest for the safe return of Kelvin Usher, transformed into a social justice demonstration after Usher was found. Students from Galen University, the University of the West Indies, St. John’s College Junior College and Wesley Junior College, led the charge in front of Save-U, down Central American Boulevard, onto Cemetery Road, Albert Street, King Street, Regent Street and culminating at the Battlefield Park.

Participants carried signs depicting messages of frustration with the current level of social injustice and called for change. They also chanted through the streets, demanding “good governance.”

A conservative estimate puts that crowd at over 400 people at its highest point, as they gathered to light candles and sing songs, including the Belizean National Anthem, solidifying that their protest was done with a nationalistic view. Participants also signed a banner, to register their participation in the first, youth-led protest to be held in Belize in some years.

Chyla Gill, student council representative for Wesley Junior College, emphasized that the protest was not political, and extended beyond Usher’s disappearance. Gill emphasized that the protest extends to the issues affecting Belizeans, particularly youths on a daily basis.

“The youths have been silent for far too long. We need to make a change, and the way we will do that is to stand up for what is right,” Gill said.
Her sentiments were mirrored by her counterparts from the various schools, calling on youths to take action and register their discontent over the issues facing Belize.

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