Community in uproar over new law

Many have also begun to make comments on the new SI via their Facebook posts. Former PUP Senator and Attorney Lisa Shoman says that vlcsnap-2016-05-03-11h47m00s018

“The Government’s brand new “public threat” riverine SI promulgated under S.2 of the Public Safety Act, will severely affect and contravene the rights – and the food security – of the indigenous communities of southern Belize including Barranco and Maya communities such as Graham Creek along the Sarstoon River which depend on the Sarstoon River for transportation and food.”  

Some other opinions posted on Facebook are as follows. Glenn Tillett says,

The Government of Belize’s decision to invoke an obscure public safety law in an effort to stop the Belize Territorial Volunteers expedition to Sarstoon Island tomorrow Saturday, April 30th, 2016 is lamentable and unfortunate. … The GOB cannot admit that Guatemala has annexed vlcsnap-2016-05-03-11h47m09s621the Sarstoon. But actions speak louder than words.”


Chris Harris says,

vlcsnap-2016-05-03-11h47m25s747 Were such a law to be passed banning Belizeans from going to the Sarstoon, that would be tantamount to admitting that we no longer WANT the Sarstoon, and that we are ceding it to Guatemala. This government needs to wake up before it is too late. Appeasment does not work against a determined foe.”

Sylvia Gillett says,

“We will soon can’t go to Baranco or Jalacte. … Belizeans need to wake up or we will wake up one vlcsnap-2016-05-03-11h47m44s520day as the 23rd district of Guatemala. They have sold the Sarstoon.”

Pam Pennell says,

vlcsnap-2016-05-03-11h47m59s518As I understand it, restrictions are only for a month, to give diplomacy a chance. It’s for the safety of Belizeans.”

COLA also issued a statement in which it refers to Government’s latest act as , “gross act of cowardice”. The release says,

Instead of ensuring that illegal encroachments come to halt, the government seeks to muzzle its citizens’ right to free movement in its own country.”

COLA says it condemns this latest moved by the government and calls for a national shut down.vlcsnap-2016-05-03-11h48m14s526

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