PRESS RELEASE | BPP Responds to Unlawful Aggression by Security Forces on Peaceful Protestors
Belmopan | November 29th, 2015
During the visit by Guatemalan President-Elect, Jimmy Morales, like all Belizeans, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) bore witness to the blatant abuse of power, against peaceful protesters, as demonstrated by the security forces. The BPP denounces this patent act of aggression and demands an explanation. We call on Prime Minster Barrow and the Minister of National Security to answer the following questions: (1) Why were peaceful protesters treated in such fashion? and (2) On whose orders were the security forces acting? These questions must be answered because upon last check of the Constitution, Belizeans are guaranteed the right to freedom of expression.
The blatant, irresponsible and potentially illegal actions carried out by the security forces are a clear indication of the intentional militarization of our Police Department, which is misguided, especially given the existential threat posed to our sovereign territory, which is being carried-out daily by way of the illegal: poaching, fishing, cultivation and misuse of our natural resources by Guatemalans. The manner of force exhibited has no place in domestic law enforcement, in particular, when dealing with unarmed-peaceful protesters! The BPP categorically condemns what occurred and calls on the public to take note of what is fast becoming the systematic erosion of our constitutionally-guaranteed, inalienable rights. Moreover it is noted this has occurred as a result of the Barrow Administration’s intentional and persistent coddling of a Guatemalan government which unreservedly claims half our sovereign territory. In effect, this is yet another manifestation of the PUDP-derived “4A Policy” of: APPEASEMENT, ACQUIESCENCE, ACCOMMODATION and ADHERENCE.
Belize, Sovereign and Free - NO ICJ!
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