Thursday officially marked the third day of Belize Can’s Occupy Belmopan, an event that will not stop, said Patrick Menzies, President of Belize Can, until the Prime Minister addresses their demands- demands that call for the complete retraction of the gender policy. Patrick Menzies’ continues to operate aside from the established Churches as his methods are different from those of the churches when it comes to the issue of the Gender policy. Professor Menzies has gone on record, saying that the Evangelical Association and Council of Churches are politically aligned and he does not agree with their negotiating with Government regarding the gender policy. Senator for the Churches, the Hon. Reverend Father Noel Leslie, who represents the Belize council of churches and the Evangelical Association of Churches, tried to bridge the gap on Thursday when he addressed a small crowd of about 30 people who participated in the Occupy Belmopan protest, telling them that their concerns and views need to be heard.
“It is very important that you allow your views to be presented through leaders, how you view things, so that when the churches meet we can know that all angles [are presented] and we can come to a decision that they reflect the views of the Christian body. We have different bodies of churches that meet, and so your issue will have to be brought to their attention, and so that’s something I can communicate. I can stand up for you. That’s how you see and how you view things, and what you’d like to see happen. So, when I go back to Belize City, I will contact the President of the Council of Churches, to let them know that I did speak with you here today. Of course, they are quite aware of what’s happening, and that you know you’d like to really see something happen that will address this particular Gender Policy.”