The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has joined in condemning the killing of Laddie Gillett. NTUCB fired off a press release this evening condemning the crimes against children and says it stands in solidarity with children and families that have been affected. President Luis Martinez says the NTUCB is demanding that the Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries ensure that the Police Department launches a thorough investigation into the killing of 14 years old Laddie Gillett. Martinez says that not a single citizen, much less a minor, should ever die at the hands of law enforcement officers. According to Martinez, the NTUCB is not satisfied with the charge of manslaughter, given the fact that Gillett was shot in the back.
Luis Martinez, President, NTUCB: “The hearts of our members are heavy. Today these days we have been very very saddened to know that our children are now dying at the hands of law enforcement officers and we absolutely want to condemn such action to its fullest.”
Reporter: The NTUCB is not the only group that is condemning the killing of this teenage boy and other private individuals are also condemning the killing but that’s all you guys are doing. Unu di talk di talk but unu noh di walk di walk. What can the NTUCB do because this is not the first time that a Belizean has been killed unjustifiably so what can the NTUCB do in terms of action ?
Luis Martinez, President, NTUCB: “We have been extending our hands to our stakeholders. We have been extending our hands and our hands are out there. We are prepared to walk the walk. We are prepared to ensure that what needs to be done in this country so that we could meet the nation building that we all dream of. We have our hands extended and so we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to ensure that we protect every single citizen in this country. Every single citizen.”
Reporter: You talk about policy reforms, the convention the rights of a child but that doesn’t translate properly to the person on the ground.
Luis Martinez, President, NTUCB: “Absolutely I think I know exactly where you want us to take this discussion and certainly the National Trade Union Congress along with the other stakeholders we must pool our energies and resources to ensure that we inject the right actions as it relates to getting this curve to what is happening and this would include us going on the streets and people will say boots on the streets is just a part of if. We have to at some point we have to start to also internationalize these issues.”