General Workers Union gives the Independence Movement Full Support
This was in the 1950's, when the Movement of Independence was beginning to take roots among Belizeans.
THIS WAS THAT MOMENT IN THE POLITICAL LIFE OF BELIZE, when the People's United Party and the General Workers Union joined FORCES to struggle against the COLONIAL POWER which had a GRIP on the life of its Colonial Subjects.
This picture is one of the scarcest in the Libraries of Belize.
As it is not too clear because of age and use, I will attempt to identify the persons therein. - - All members of this UNITED FRONT.
SEATED from right to left.- - W.R. Pitts.- -- - - C.E. Betson, ex President of GWU -- Miss Virginia Adolphus.- - Henry Middleton, Secretary GWU , - - President Nicolas Pollard. - - Mrs E.,Gabb, Assistant Secretary, - and Honorable John Smith, Vice President.
STANDING, - Dennis Hall, - - Phillip Goldson, - - Robert Panton, - Edward Forman,- - George Price, - R. Craig, - Herman Hex, - and James A Middleton.
These people were solidly ANTI - COLONIAL. - But the British in their MASTERY in Diplomacy, managed to erode this powerful UNITED FRONT by drawing to their tentacles some of these key persons. - The first to leave the MOVEMENT were members of the GWU, who joined Richardson and Goldson in their Break-Away in 1956. - Others followed thereafter.. BUT THE PUP ALONE remained strong to carry the Struggle to its final goal of Independence for Belize...
In the out districts it was being agitated too. We had public meetings too with people like Chico Alvarado, Maria Samos, Tancredo, Enrique Depaz, Chico Nen
Photograph courtesy Hector Silva
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