15 residents of Succotz who participated in a demonstration on August 19th of last year were charged with rioting and illegal gathering at the Benque Viejo Magistrate’s Court in November 13th.
The protest took place after the then Deputy Commissioner of Police crashed into a taxi, killing a woman on the spot. It was rumoured that the Deputy Commissioner was under the influence of alcohol at the time and Succotz residents were demanding that charges be brought forthwith against him.
On Thursday the 15 persons, out on bail, returned to court just to have the case adjourned to a later date.
Their attorney and the PUP standard bearer for Cayo North, Michel Chebat, was a no show.
We did however speak to some of the persons on the charge sheet who expressed the inconvenience of having to take an entire day off from work just to have the case adjourned. Nevertheless they say these charges change nothing and if they could go back in time and do it over, they would do the same thing again.
“We are missing our job right now. I have my gift shop down there, and I lose the cruise ship today. I have to come and spend here my time. I don’t know why they don’t do it, because they always adjourn. They never tell us why.”
“We are just asking for justice. They never see me with a stone, machete, or with a stick. They only tell me that they send me a summons to all of these people from Succotz, twenty of us. The people of Succotz we’re just asking for justice, nothing else. We’re not fighting with nobody”
“I have to work. I work to my son. In this moment he need to go to doctor and say he have to pay her some money to go, because he isn’t working. I and my husband help him. So today I don’t work. So what happened with this day?”
“I asked first for permission to go out. I think that everybody have to do this, because it’s the Commissioner and what happened with my son. If [anybody else] do this, the police would lock [up] that person, and why [the Commissioner] don’t lock?”
The court case was adjourned until April19th.