Over the past few weeks, crime, specifically gun violence, has enraged Belizeans countrywide. The recent cold-blooded murder of 15-year-old, Dwayne Gabourel sparked public outrage and many are calling for something to be done. Gabourel’s murder was so heinous that even gang members are condemning the execution-style assassination. Joining in the condemnation is the NTUCB President, Luis Martinez who told us that the time of vigils, processions and gang truce is over. The time to enforce the law to the fullest extent is now.
Luis Martinez, President, NTUCB: “We are a country that is lawless. Lawless country and when I say lawless not to behavior you know ? The laws that exist doesn’t hold criminals accountable and we’ve seen it time and time again. Lawless country and it has to be addressed, it has to be addressed rapidly. From the beginning when we spoke we talk about strengthening the legal framework of this country which includes how we deal with criminals. Some people are not going to like what I’m going to say but the gang truce doesn’t work in fact when you have gang truce to the point now that the gangs could have press conferences you know what this does to those youngsters ? This makes those youngsters look u0. Locking up those boys for 3-months doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. The gun amnesty, and people will degree, gun amnesty does not work, it doesn’t work. For how long we’ve seen them do gun amnesty they’ve been doing out truce all kinds of things it doesn’t work. We have policies in place let’s get these policies rolling out. Again the National Trade Union Congress extends its hand to the stakeholders, extends its hand to the government of Belize and says come let us work together and rescue these young people. I’ll tell you what doesn’t work and people are out there who agree that doesn’t work vigils don’t work, going out there to parade against it doesn’t work, gang truces don’t work, gun amnesty doesn’t work. It’s not working.”