In a world of globalisation and the rise of the digital, Belizeans are starting to think again about their country’s independence and the role of its own sovereignty.
Ahead of the Belize presidential election, a local group of political activists have been organizing in the capital city of Cancun to put a “Stop Belize Independence Day” on the agenda.
The group is part of the Popular Front for the Independence of the People (PRF) which wants Belize to become a “state of the Union”, in which Belize becomes a republic.
They have been in contact with a number of other local groups, including the Belizes Independence Council, and hope to have the referendum on May 17 on their side.
The PRF’s spokesperson, Jorge González, told Al Jazeera: “Belize is the largest country in Central America, and is considered to be one of the most successful and progressive in Latin America.
The Independence Day on May 1 will be a day that will make the country proud and remind people of the great achievements that Belize has made in the past.
The independence day would be an opportunity to show that Belizes sovereignty, independence, and sovereignty over its resources are not an abstraction.
Belize is an independent country, and we have a very strong constitutional and legal framework that is based on the Constitution.”
Our Independence Day will be an occasion for the people to express their opinion and their concerns.
If the people vote yes on May 16, Belizas sovereignty will be recognised, and Belize will be considered to have become a state of the union.
“The Independence Council is part-funded by the Belizers Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has been campaigning for the referendum.
Its President and founder, Pedro Gonzáles, told the Belized national newspaper La Nación that the referendum would be a victory for Belize’s sovereignty, and that it would allow Belizeians to decide what they wanted for themselves.”
Belizeans have always been very independent, and in the last 30 years, our independence has been very, very strong.
But that independence has come at a cost.
It’s been very important to show our independence, so that the people have an opportunity [to vote on May 15] to show the sovereignty that they have earned.”
We have lost so much sovereignty over our resources that we have lost control over our natural resources and our territories.
It’s been very important to show our independence, so that the people have an opportunity [to vote on May 15] to show the sovereignty that they have earned.
We have been fighting for sovereignty for so long.
We have been working to ensure that our sovereignty is respected and that we don’t get in a situation where we become a colony and are being subjugated.”