Absent from this morning’s protest were the former Leader of the Opposition, Patrick Faber, and Albert Area Representative, Tracy Taeger Panton. The UDP remains divided as both Faber and Panton have expressed their discontent with the party’s current leadership. Given that division, today the media asked the Leader of the Opposition, Moses “Shyne” Barrow if he believes the party’s internal problems impeded them from being able to mobilize and protest in larger numbers.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “The Hon. Tracy Panton, you spoke to her secretary, I believe, her chairman. She sent her people out here. As, as…”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: Did Mr. Faber as well?
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “As a responsible Opposition, we cannot allow distractions to take away from our responsibility to advocate on behalf of the Belizean people and that is exactly what we are doing with the Chairman, Deputy Party Leader and the grand leaders of this party which are the delegates and our party faithful and the Belizean people whom I serve. I serve all Belizean people. I do not serve myself. Do not serve any particular individual. All I want is for life to improve. Every Government should bring with it solutions to improve the lives of Belizean people. When the Prime Minister goes to the House with supplementary bills, it is not his money that he is spending. It is the taxpayer dollars that he is relying on for budgetary support and those are the people you see out here. Those are the people we have a responsibility to represent so it is incumbent upon this Government to come up with solutions, to come up with solutions that will ease the burden of the Belizean people, that will respond to inflation, stagflation, that will respond to the crisis that we find ourselves in. That is what they asked for. They asked to lead this country just as when we form the next government, if we do not respond the way that we should then the people have a right to demand better and that is what we are doing.”