As we noted the motorcades were countrywide this morning with the participation with hundreds of teachers. Here is a report from the capital with our Correspondent Fem Cruz.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Today in Belmopan the Belize National Teachers Union held a massive motorcade around the ring road. They are protesting the Government of Belize’s 10% salary cut and increment freeze proposal. Corlan Galvez, the president of BNTU Belmopan, spoke about the purpose of today’s protest.
Corlan Galvez, President, BNTU Belmopan: “The purpose of today’s motorcade is just the beginning. Today we are showing our discontent with the proposed salary pay cut and the freezing of increment so that is why we are out here today. Today is just the beginning we have the motorcade and we have other activities that is going to follow for the rest of the week.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Today is a massive turn out if nothing happens today what will be the next step apart from a motorcade.
Corlan Galvez, President, BNTU Belmopan: “Well we have other meetings coming up and we have other activities. Usually we don’t put what is going to come next, we plan as a union and then after that we just work and we just put things together. So I’d like to thank all the teachers who came out and showed their support also the police who were very good at doing what they were doing, they gave us the bond and they made sure that we abided by the rules. For the people from transport thank you for making sure that everything went well so I’d like to thank all those who supported us even those who were on the sidewalk who showed up and supported us so thanks to everybody.”