Belize City, Belize, Belize
Antonio Soberanis Gomez
Father of the Belizean Labour Movement
Was a member of the Unemployed Brigade that
demonstrated for more work and better pay.
He carried on the cause when its leaders gave up hope
and resigned. He stated "I'd rather be a dead hero
than a living coward"
He informed the labourers and unemployed
associated (LUA) in 1934, organizing boycotts,
demonstrations and pickets against large merchants.
He led public meetings at this
Battlefield Park talking about the Government's unfair
treatment of labourers.
He was jailed for sedition in 1935.
His Association's efforts paid off, however,
by wage increases for workers and more jobs.
He took the movement countrywide to shed light
on workers' rights.
This bust was rededicated on 18 September, 2013 by
Mayor Darrell Bradley and Councilor Kevin Singh
to honor the contribution of this tireless warrior for union rights.
Location. 17° 29.653′ N, 88° 11.217′ W. Marker is in Belize City, Belize. Touch for map. The marker is in Battlefield Park on Regent Street in Belize City. Marker is in this post office area: Belize City, Belize 7MHZ8 KWG3V, Belize.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 Death of William Hart Bennett (within shouting distance of this marker); The Belize Defence Force Fallen (approx. 13.6 kilometers away).
Categories. • Labor Unions •
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