WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
4Ye P. a Box 324.
No. I JUL 27 1966 U ******** p to 4th Juliyg L~6
FLARE UP OVER GUIT.'EMALAN CLAIM
"Governmentt s Restraint......
No Indication Of weaknesss"
A demonstration which began peacefully on Sunday June 26th ended
in chaos when demonstrators throw rocks and sticks at the Cattouse Build-
ing which houses Radio Belize and the telegraph exchange.
The Guatemalan Consulate w-.s also stormed.
The demonstration was sponsored by CIVIC, an organization which
recently declared that it had joined with the National Independence Party
as a result of the controversy over an alleged draft tr aty which, in
off'ct, would hand Belize over to Guatemala.
The announced purpose of the demonstration was to muster support
for a petition CIVIC was sending to the British Secretary of State for
Foreign Affairs, Mr Michael Stewart and the Secretary of State for the
Colonies, Mr Frederick Lee.
Over a thousand people took part in the procession. On their re-
turn to Harley's Lot, the place of assembly, they were addressed by Mr
Ulric Fuller and Mr Philip Goldson, the opposition loader.
Heavy rains began to fall as Mr Goldson spoke. At this stage
some of the demonstrators began throwing stones at the Cattouse Building,
The Police riot squad was summionod and the crowd fell back con-
During the fracas, some of the demonstrators gained access to tho
outer office of Radio Belize and caused minor damage to furniture.
Other dononstrators went to the home of the Chief Information
Officer Castillo and smashed the windows of his car which was parked out-
Three persons were arrested and charged with causing damage.
Violence erupted again the following night following rallies
called by both political parties. Houses were stoned and cars wrecked.
A youth was injured by a pistol shot as lawless bands roamed ti-e streets,
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Mc n.hilJo, on Wodnesday, a government spokesman decried the fail-
ure of the Opposition leader to denounce the acts of violence byghis
suoportors. The opposition had published inflammatory articles' inr their
newspaper and atotptedto mislead public opinion into believing that the
disorders had boon provoked.
The Promiers: ,'D. Not Retaliate In Anger" ;
Goverhmsnt would not hesitate to take whateve'.-measures 'it con-
sidered necessary to maintain Law and Order and protoct' life and property
It's forbearance and patience should not be i.iiterprterpreted aa
sign of weakness.
Both Premier Geofge hice: aridMt' ~; ndbeg Rogers had called on
the thousands who attended the P.U.P. rally to have patihnee and not to
r'ealiate in angor.
%Governruont wouldiuse eov.ry constitutional m cns. to govern.
S: Thd Governor, -in accordance -with advice tendered by-the Premier
and,'by :the .virtue of powers vqsted in him.by the Public.'Safoty Ord4ia.CQ,
imposed 'a curfew on Belize City on..Tuesday .
This precautionary stop was taken because of the increasing fntum
bor of ,acts of lawlessness. .Its purpose was to-enable tho Police to pro-'
teot law abiding.'citizons and to maintain.the public sabfty.
The curfew ran from 9:00 o'clock at night to 5:00o.oclodk 'nxt
monring. Only those persons holding a police pass wore allowed'to'b6 on
; PUBLIC:QOFFICERS SIT:DOWN
Following a special general meeting on Wedhesday, the Public
Officers Union declared a sit-down strike, effective from Thursday
afternoon through Saturday.
The strike, according to the Union, was in protest agajst the
handling of the talks on the Guatemalan claim.
Essential services were maintained throughout the period.
On Thursday,.the StBan Creek Town .Board,, thrpw, its whole-hearted
support to the measures invoked by government to contain 'the disorders in
Belize City ....
The motion was presented by% the Hon-. Allan Arthurs, Presiding
was Mayor Carlos Nolberto. ':"'
The programmeos: of .works for. July was 4 so approved at thc. same
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CONFIDENT VOICES FROM THE VILLAGES
Letters from villages across the country last week continued to
reflect a decided vote of confidence in the Premicrs handling of.the
controversy over the Anglo Guatemalan dispute. Pruioinoht persons in
communit-y ,l;so expressed their feelings onJ the matter. .
From Corozal Town, Mr Matoo Ayuso wrote: "The longer this dis-.
pute stays unsolved. the longer the general progress of. our country
shall,,be retarded, to the detriment of the nation as a whole"
"Consequently," he wont on, "I sup'sort you, our" optional 'Govern-
ment, the United Kingdom'and all others concerned for having undertakloe
such a tremendous and delicate task. I believe that you have not, at
any time tried to deceive us or conceal lany facts :of- groat importance
which have been doelt with -at those conferences,"
... r. Ayuso. doclarod; "I love this country as r uch as any other
true citizen, I would not sup-.ort any action or deliberations which
might threaten the political, economic and social security of this na-
tion. Let me r6itorate that I su0'ort you and our national government
for the stand you have taken against all false accusations. May God
"We Can ,Never:-: iB o Young"!
"We hivo been loyal, are loyal and will continuxo to be loyal to
you and our government wrote the Chairman of the Rancho Doloros
Village Council, Mr Gubercindo Pook. And from Buena Vista.in the
Corozal district, Mr L6onard Puck wrote simply: "I support you with
faith and confidence."
thlcr: messages came from the Village of Lomonal and from. Stann
CropkT.own ,w.crre Evadno Dawson a teenager said: "I can soe that you.
arc' ig.ht ing .hard to preserve our beloved country. I think ouryoung
pLOpl .s.hould follow your footsteps. Although we are young today, we
can never be too young to give a helping hand whenever you ,may call.
upon us"I. u
Chain Of Prayer
People from the humblest walks of life, mea.nwhile,. joined in..a
chain of prayer which, said a correspondent, gird the nation north"and:
south, Oast .nd- west.
''"May'God bless you and your-ministers" wrote Mr H. Gabriel of
the Unitedvillo Village Councili "Nothing will sidetrack us from keep-
ing our date with history."
."We -sp.-o:rt you to the end of this struggle" says Mr Charles
Rosho,. for .the Rockstone Pond village Council. "We understand the na-
ture of the .burden that is laid on your shoulder We hope that God'
will bless you with wisdom and understanding, health and strength,"
was the message from Ida Charley, Secrotary of the San Antonio
:..From the Stann Creek Valley road, Miss Emolia AngQlita Daniels,
assured the :Premier: "I will work hard and support .you and your
government. May Almighty God bless and guide you."
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THE CHURCH CALLS FOR PEACE
"Pray for Peace in our Land" is the call made by the Weekly News
Bulletin issued by Holy Redeemer Cathodral,
Specifically, the church called for peace and understanding
between the country's leaders
The appeal for Peace is nothing new says a correspondent. Such a
call is made throughout the year. But the appeal at this time is timely
against the background of the recent disturbances.
SIR PETER'S THREE ASSURANCES
On Friday, His Excellency, Sir Peter Stallard, in a short broad-
cast to the nation, offered three firm assurances with regard to the
Sir Peter said:-
"I understand that in spite of the statements made both here and
in London, there is a general wish that I as Governor with my special
responsibilities for external aii'.ris should make a statement about the
There are thr:e assurances which I give you.
No Definite Proposals Yet
First the mediator has not yet completed his investigation and
has not yet formulated definite propJsalsr What have been discussed so
far are suggestions for the form which Lis proposals may eventually take.
What the mediator has boon doing is to produce a series of ideas and try
them out on all three parties, When he does finally submit his consider-
ed proposals the people of this country will have a full opportunity to
discuss then, and that is the second assurp7nce. You will have an opportu-
nity to make your wishes known; you will be able to say what you like
and what you don't like of the proposals,
No Imposition By Britain
Then there is the third and most important assurance namely that
the British Government will not impose a solution against the wishes of
the people here. The British Government places the greatest importance
on the principles of solf-determination All1 the time that I have been
here I have clearly understood that the aim of this country is to go
forward to Independence and then to be a fully independent sovereign
state. I assure you that successive British Governments have acknowledged
that aim and will do everything possible to help you to attain it.
There is not the slightest intention of putting you under any
other country or group of countries, Please remember what happened with
the Federation of the West Indies. Your declared wish to be left out of
thatwA rospoctod so will your future wishes be equally respected by Great
Britain. No decision, I repeat that, no decision will be taken about
the future of your country without your agreement. I ask-you to consider
this statement very carefully and with the same degree of sincerity with
which I make it to you.
It was a week marked by graduation cxorcises throughout the
country. These ceremonies brought forth a crop of interesting speakers,
/among them the Promiir, the Hon. George Price.
To the graduating class of Stann Crook's Austin. High School Mr
Price commended the powers of the spirit. Before Christian Democracy can
banish poverty, disease, and ignorance it must first grow strong in spirit.
Then the spirit will drive- us on to do those good things, he wont on.
Wc best scrvo the-coummunity, not.by pursuing fame and wealth but.-in
during good. and helping others.
P.ugh Sh.ros That Enrich The Land.
Bclizoans who live in comfortabio-e ircumsti.ncos Fhould, as. gCod
citizens, fulfill their responsibility to their community. 'This "responsi-
bility drives us aon to even greater civic and economic activities.
Peole -,L:' work harder and harder to increase their material
treasure and improve. their standard of living, are tempted to lose faith.
and hope in Christian Democracy when they fall short of their economic
targets, This short fall is due not to a lack of ondeavours'but because
of tremendous problems stemming from widespread poverty, to roach the -much
dosi-ed plateau of plenty whore the sswurd of the spirit becomes the
ploughshare that will enrich the land,
Oth"r ad.drcs. c'e er give-r-by thn -Actijn Man-.ger, the -Revercnd
Fathcr-F.J. Mastorman of the Anglican Church. .o emphasized the import--.
ance of education in Belize, 5
Presenting the report on the schools' activities -during the period
since last graduation day, was the Prircipal, Mr J.K. Dropaul, who
announced that the College will be offering four scholarships provided. by
woll wishers in New York. The proud recipients -wero John Rhys, Elaine
John,. William Leslie and Jcnnifcr Sanrits.
The. valodicitory address was given by Ernest Williams. Master of
Ceremonies was :Mr Hugh Fuller.
S,J, .C. Extension
The S.J.C. Extension Depfarrt=ent. hold its.-gra.duation exercises on
S-nday even.ing. .
The. Department, which started long. before -1957,-now- runs courses up
to Advance level G.C.E.'s.
inter students r eeived .c-rtificatCs., fourteen of them in
..commercial subjects. The remaining five got high school-cortifi-cates.
It was the second graduation ceremony -hld by the Ex.tnsion De-
partment. Guest speaker was Mr J.W. MacMillan.-the former Minister of
Mucffols Of Orange Walk Town
Seven boys and as many girls were presented with diplomas at
M-uoffels College graduation ceremony, which took place at the Tropical
Theatre in Orange Walk Town. The diplomas wore handed out by Reverend
Facuu~do. Castillo o
The keynote address w.as delivered by Reverend Gordon Lee, pastor
of Orange Walk Bible Chapel ... ,Th
The way to the top is by hard work and patience, he advised.
The salutatory address was delivre-d by Miss Louise Bonnott,
Valedictorian was ir Roymundo Horrera-
Wesley College held its speech day on Thursdy at the Baron Bliss
Rcv-rend C.L. Carty noted that the college has a significant role
to play in the education of our citizens, and the building of the nation,
And he paid tribute to the long and valuable service rendorod the
college by Rev. C.E. Cousins and the acting principal, Mr Roubon Lockc.
The gue.:t speaker was Acting Chief Education Officer Mr J.L.
Blackett. He appealed to the graduates to adhere to christian principles
and to continue to work hard.
Prizes and certificates were presented by R.:v rend Carty.
The College Choir under the direction of Mrs H. Pike entertained
The benediction was pronounced by the Reverend C.E. Goff.
St. John's Collegc'
The sixty graduates of St John's College, at their commencement
exercises of July 3rd, h .rd a lengthy address by the President of the
Chamber of Comieorce, Mr Ismael Gomez.
Mr Gomez surveyed the development of the College from its modest
beginnings.. In 19l9 when ho graduated, theor were eighteen successful
students. The number this year is better than throe times that amount.
He was particularly pl._asod about the r,:cently comilcted Survey of
Business establishments in Belize City.
Surveying prospects for the graduates the speaker listed what, in
his opinion, are the likely opportunities in the professions, commerce,
industry, agriculture and tourism.
Tourism's The Thing
On tourism he declared: "It is proven ......that where tourists
go, industry follows. Tourism is going to play an important role in the
economic and social development of our country." And he continued.
"Whereas government is depending primarily on agriculture for the
country ceoniomic development, the Chamber of Coinericqo feels strongly
that more emphasis should be placed on Tourism. (This) would yield
quicker returns with less investment."
Enthusiasm, initiative, responsibility, ambition, imagination,
leadership and hardwork these are the qualities which lead to individ-
ual success, he declared.
About eight hundred people mostly parents and relatives wore
on hand for the occasion.
SAFeollow of the Royal Horticultural Society and a qualified
Hoorticul-,urist, Mr Eric King, is to he cd the Tourist B oard's action gro-n0
Mr King, the Chief Agricultural Officer, will lead his group in a
concerted two pronged drive to sustain the clean-up campaign initiated
earlier this year and to encourage schools and home -r1akrs to devote more
attention to landscaping.
Also serving on the Boatufication sub coit itl-co are Mrs Violet
Gabourel, Mrs E.W. Craig, Mr Owen Svans and Mrs Hamilton Anderson.
Father John Stochl of the Society of Jesus is special consultant to the
Two Immediate Steps.
At a recent meeting, the committee agreed on two immediate
measures: firstly, to step up the public education campaign aimed at
enlisting the support of community groups school child -n in particular
- to put an end to the destruction of trees and shrubs planted in parks
and other public places, and secondly, to establish a convenient depot in
Belize City where interested po-sons will find it more convenient to
secure a wide variety of flowering shrubs and roses,
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Tourist Board, welcoming these
moves has exr ssed confidence that the Beautification Committee will be
afforded the same broad co-opcration other Tourist Board efforts have
been accorded in the past.
ANOTHER RESIDENTIAL COURSE
Some forty ladies, representing twelve groups in the Cayo Dis-
trict began a one week residential course at the Village of Unitedville
The course is sponsored by the Social Development Department in
cooperation with the Ladies Groups.
Present to declare the course open was the Minister of Social,.
Development, the Hon. Albert Cattouse.
The lecture programme covers agriculture., group dynamics, problem
solving and elementary gardening. Practical work includes kitchen work,
gardening, home improvement, rug making, food preservation.and craft
MORE AMENITIES FOR SILK GRASS
It was quite a programme for the Minister of Labour at Silk Grass
village one day last week. For he was there to inaugurate four public
facilities for the village a new feeder road, a reservoir, light plant
and a playing field.
Recalling that the settlement had its origin in the 1961 hu-
rricane'disaster, the Minister pointed out that the villagers'had answer-
ed the call to work seriously to produce more farm crops.
He urged them to foster greater civic pride.
The Premier and the directors of the Reconstruction and Develop-
ment Corporation, along with the Public Works Department and the Village
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Council, ar, to bh congratulated for all the good they had done for Silk
C-r r L ss.
M-ster of ceremoni's w-.s the chairman of Silk Grass Villago
Council, Mr Tilt r C 'tiilo.
NEUS FROM CITY HALL
TEXACO has boon granted -xermission to construct a service Station
at the corner of Ce-etery Road and Central American Boulevard by the
Belize City Council. But the Council has stipulated that the facilities
to be provided must be in line with those o: ':erod by other fuel stations
in Belize City.
The Council was holding its monthly nme.ting. Lord Mayor Fred
The Chairman was able to announce th-t retroactive salaries-and
the now rates under the P.amage Report, as amended by governnont's White
Paper, had beo:n paid. Portions of Dean Street and. Magazine Road have been
The works programme up to July 26th includes the: recsurf'cing of
a number of str:.ets, construction of cement drains along Conetory Road
and Freetown Road in addition to general scavenging and sanitation.
Mr Carlos Abdo's application for permission to run a waste-dis-
posal line from his new building at the corner of Albert and Orange
streets into the Haulovor Creek was also approved along with the
r-commendation of the Finance Committro that lr Cha-l:s Wiltshirc be paid
$638.39 for th- period of his suspension up to 20th D. cnb.r, l.st year.
ELECTRICITY FOR THE F.,iRM
Inauguration of the now generating plant in San Ignacio on June
29th provides a solid foundation for the expansion of agriculture in the
This is the opinion of an Agricultural Co-'e-spondent, who says
the distribution of electricity on a twenty four'hour basis north and
south in San Ignacio will help modernize agricultural productionand'
The cloctricity made available will make possible the packing and-
storing of a wide variety of agricultural products.
Lighting is only a small part of the uses for electricity The
application of por.or on the farm is many-sided and 'varid.
"Belize Offshore Growers Limited" of Belize City has applied for
a Development Order under the Development Incentives Ordinance.
The company plans to engage in the pl-nting of vegetables in the
Boom Area. It has also b:on stated that they hope to plant some 500
acr:;.c with cucumbers producing some 6,000 tons of the vegetable.
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If, by 5th July, 1970 production of the said six thousand tons of
cucumbrrs is not accomplished, the order if granted will be nullified.
Such a Development Order would carry with it permission to import
shop equipment, packing house supplies, office supplies, farm chemicals,
VALUABLE TRIALS AT CENTRAL F-ARM
The Research Division of the Agricultural Department's Expe-
rimental Station at Central Farm is conducting some interesting corn
trials in the fields.
The results will be of'general interest to farmers.
Farmers in the area have been able to observe during the growing
period, how fertilizers, insecticides, cultivation and the number of
seeds planted in each hill af-octs the growth of corn.
CATHOLICS MAKING BIG EFFORT
Roverond Father Francis Ring of the Society of Jesus, General
Manager of Catholic Primary Schools, announced last week that schools
having more than three teachers will devote their time to the teaching of
Reverend Father Ring, has pointed out that this principle was
introduced last year.
iHe also stated that the Government during the past year had
approved two more Catholic primary schools eligible for special grants.
?'here are some 17,000 pupils attending Catholic primary schools,
Father Ring said. The combined teaching force is 590. The target is to
increase this figure by forty this year.
NEWS IN BRIEF
JOHN VERfION, an Anglican layman, left for St. Grcory Priory in Michipan,
U.S.A. on June 25th.
Ho will study for the Bunedictino Lay Brotherhood. The monastery
is attached to the Abbey of Our Lady and St Benedict, in Buckinghamshiro,
HIS LORDSHIP THE BISHOP OF BELIZE, the most Reverend Robert L. Hodapp, of
the Society of Jesus celebrated his 8th anniversary as Bishop of Belize,
and his 25th year in Belize on June 26th.
CARL RAMOS, has been selected by the P.U.P. Stann Crook Branch, to con-
test the forthcoming bye-election to be held in Stann Creek Town late
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His selection was decided upon at a Political Convention of the
People's United Party held in Stann Creek Town on June 26th under the
chairmanship of the Hon Allan Arthurs,
THE ADVISORY COUNCIL for Secondary and Further Education, appointed on
April 6th includes religious loadors, Senators Courtenay and Leslie, the
Chief Education Officer, the Honourable Fred Hunter, Mrs A.S. Burn and
the Principal of the Belize Technical College.
The Primary Education Board, chaired by the Reverend Father
Francis Ring of the Society of Jesus, consists of the following: the
Honourable Guadalupo .Pech, Councillor Marie Usher, the Secretaries of
the two teachers Unions, the Chief Education Officer, the Principal of
the Belize Teacherst College in addition to other representatives of
Ko.- FOX., Manager of the Belize E.tae.and Produce Company has been
appcrin-ed by the Minister of Labour to be a member of the Labour Advisory
Board in place of Mr Michael Hore who has now left the ..country. He will
MATUEL ESQTUTEL is to do an academic school year at Bristol University
during which he will specialize in the teaching of physics.
Manuel is a senior lecturer at S.J.C. He was awarded a British
HE\RY INNIS 'JEX, former principal teacher here,..has been. awarded the
bachelor of Commrcrco Degree cuur Laudo.,
He won a. Cormmonw,oealth Carbb e-,n scholarship in .1963 and studied
at Loyola College in Montrcal, Canada,
UTNAIR COMPETITION BY FOREIGN PEDDLERS was the subject of a discussion
between the Executive Council of the Chamber of Commerce and the Minister
of Local Government last Thursday.
4 NEW DRY CL--'. "TI S"VTICE the fi--st of its kind, has been established
in Belize. City,
Horace Bogucs of Jamaica is the proprietor.
A $52,000 SERVICE CENTRE, owned by the Shell B.H. Limited, will soon be
inaugurated in Stann Creek Town.
The structure is of ferro concrete. The station will offer
t,,enty four hour day service,
THE TRIAL OF TWO MEN charged with murder in connection with the death of
the lato George Lamb last Docember got underway on Wednosday in the
The accused are Edwin Bandosingh and John Ordonoz.