May 16, 2017—The People’s United Party expresses its condemnation regarding the comments purportedly made by the President of the Public Service Union, Eldred Neal, and Marvin Mora from the Energy Workers Union in which they spoke very disparagingly and disrespectfully about the Garifuna people. The PUP believes that persons in such important positions should show a greater level of tolerance and respect for all people.
The Garinagu are the descendants of a people who have survived genocidal attempts and near extinction. They have endured against all odds, and today they should be celebrated, not only for their rich and vibrant culture but for the very fact of their existence. Above and beyond that, their contributions to so many sectors of modern Belizean society, particularly education and music, cannot be overstated. We live in a nation which is a melting pot of different cultures, races and people, and we can never tolerate or sanction divisiveness based on these very things which make us great.
We join the voices of those across the nation who are outraged at comments, purportedly made by these very important union leaders. Based on the comments made and heard in the recording, both Neal’s and Mora’s departure should not be a matter for discussion, but should be automatic. In any other country, they would have been gone already!!!