Little Power Major Victimization Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:00

Kevin BernardGod knows why he did not let the People’s United Party win the 2012 General Elections. In just one week, it is clear to every municipality that voted for them that the PUP has not changed one bit.

Up until press time, reports continued to come in about the targeted “cleansing” that the PUP Town Council is executing in Orange Walk Town. Elito “Pitsy” Aragon was fired immediately after the election. No strong argument will be raised against that termination because his family is a strong UDP family however, four other terminations that occurred in the last few days have already turned the community against the PUP Town Council. The Sanitation Foreman and three female maintenance workers were also fired. Those individuals have multiple children in high school and college and hold no post in the United Democratic Party. The women work hard to feed their family and their salary doesn’t even make a mark on the Council’s budget. Such actions clearly show how vindictive and ruthless the PUP is at all levels of their organization.

The rampant victimization is scheduled to continue in the next few weeks in a process some in their party have dubbed “The Cleansing”. It is a process of terminating individuals they believe to be UDP supporters one department at a time. On the Thursday after the elections, an individual close to the PUP Town Council told us that there were 28 people on the Orange Walk list. By Tuesday, March 13, that number had increased to 31.

The victimization is not limited to Orange Walk. Residents of Punta Gorda and Dangriga have told us that they too know of lists in their town halls. Employees of the respective councils are on edge as they know neither the day nor hour that they will receive their termination letter. Some claim to have received threats from even before the election and believe that it’s only a matter of time before they will be left without a means to feed their family.

The only thing worse than being fired is being employed in an environment where you are not wanted and there is no job security. While many of our brothers and sisters in Orange Walk, Punta Gorda and Dangriga go to sleep worrying about their jobs, the rest of us can sleep soundly knowing that we have a local and central government that is fair to all. That comfort should not cause us to ignore the inhumane exercise being executed by the PUP. If the victimization continues, we must all march to the town halls in Orange Walk, Punta Gorda and Dangriga and demand that it stop. It is at this time we ask. Where is COLA? Where is Belizeans for Justice? Where are the noisemakers who claim to be defenders of grassroots people?