No state should interfere in the financial affairs of the neoliberal corporations; in this case, as Belize has already taken that route for its development, it is thought and can be heard in the speeches and press conferences given by the ministers, that Belize will be a country where its main revenue will come from tourism, its main path for the development of this country will be tourism. The other industries will be second or third hand, and will no longer be as important. That makes me think or believe that relying exclusively on tourism for the development of this country is for the good of the corporations, not the people. As for the other services such as education, good health for the inhabitants or the people, that will not matter much. The neoliberal capitalist philosophy is completely different from socialist neoliberalism. Well, it may be that that term does not yet exist, but I am referring to a neoliberalism that focuses on or advocates the social issues, the state, not the other way around, not the state serving the corporations.
However, I repeat again, we have in hand the case of the workers of the Port of Belize, and for me, it is a hopeless case; for me, it is a fight against the wind, which cannot be won. In a few weeks or months, we will be able to confirm the outcome of the situation the cañeros from the north are going through, which cannot be solved by the government. The cañeros from the north have not realized the power they have. And I am going to repeat in my own words what Mexico had told the United States a few years ago. Precisely, the current president, AMLO, as we affectionately know him, had said about an issue they had with the United States and the Cubans. There are 4 million Cubans in the United States, and there are 40 million Mexicans in the United States. There is a big difference between 4 million voters and 40 million, and I say to the cañeros from the north, that there are much more voters that can change a government or permit them to stay. The company does not have the votes; the company has a few cents that they invested, and they say they are investing a lot of money. The cañeros from the north have been giving their blood and sweat for many years, and we can speak since 1847 when the first arrivals of the Caste War had brought along with them the sugar cane seed to plant. We can confirm it through history. Today, we can say that the cañeros should be owners of the northern sugar industry, not foreigners.
But since the government or governments, the PUDP, the system of this country, has decided that the corporations are the ones in charge, so let the corporations vote for them when voting day arrives. Cañero sisters and brothers, united you have the power to vote ‘OUT’ a government or let it stay. If that government doesn’t serve your interests, which are that of the country and its people, vote them ‘OUT’. If the government cannot solve the problem, vote them ‘OUT’. The other one is useless too, but elect them and then vote them ‘OUT’ so that they understand that the people are in charge. If they cannot understand it the good way, then let them understand it the bad way, but in a peaceful manner, without violence, simply with the pen on the day at the polls to vote for a government, not a political party, who has the will and the desire to serve the people of this nation. You have the power. How many votes are there in the north? Let’s start counting. All the families of the cañeros, and all of us who support the cañeros, how many votes we have. We can change the history of this place. It’s in our hands. Sisters, brothers, from the north, Maya, yes, we are Maya descendants, we can change the history and destiny of this place. Long live the revolution! And long live our General Marcos Canul!
November 20, 2022