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Aug 5, 2014

Is the police justified in arresting protesting sanitation workers?

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10 Responses for “Is the police justified in arresting protesting sanitation workers?”

  1. Natasha G Joseph says:

    No! These poor people have been treated unfairly. Don’t they have the right to protest?

  2. kay stain says:

    The police have all right to arrest people who break the laws in Belize.

  3. kay stain says:

    The police have all right to arrest people who break the laws of my country Belize.

  4. steven says:

    yes you have a right to protest…but you must obtain permission and have police supervision and also uphold the law….while the workers have my sympathy….throwing garbage in the streets breaks the laws…but since justice is swift, fast, and quick for the poor…this is the result….while corrupt officials get away with murder…shame!!!!

  5. baby says:

    so what happen to elvin penner he broke the law and didnt get charge for it .. and he did worst ..and the government themselves they break the law .. but like how they have money they can do whatever they want ….

  6. John Boy says:

    The police have an obligation to uphold the law of the land.Nobody have the right to break the law under no curcumstance.

  7. Islander says:

    Why hasn’t the labor department gotten involved? I have staff and trust me if I mess up their pay labor department would be all over me.

    This is a miscarriage of justice. How can you justify locking up people who have not gotten paid for weeks, by the same government that runs the police department?

    Keep in mind that these people are some of the least paid people in Belize. My heart is broken at this situation.

    Kay Stain said that these are law breakers that should be arrested, but it is not that simply, you have to have a very small brain in order to simply it like that. FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE OWED MONEY, AND HAVE NOT BEEN PAID. I BED IF THEY WERE GETTING THEIR PAY THEY WOULD NOT BE BEHAVING IN THIS MANNER.

  8. EyesRWatchingU says:

    NO!!!!!!! @Kay Stain the court has ruled that these poor hardworking people should get paid, since they are owed 18 months of pay!!
    they are protesting their rights!! How would you feel if you or a family member were in this position ?
    Of course my Belizean brothers and sisters have their rights to protest!!! all the rights!

  9. Belizean Pride says:

    AS USUAL THE POOR CITIZENS ARE THE ONE WHO TAKE THE BLUNT CONSEQUENCES OF THE LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CITY COUNCIL FOR NOT PAYING UP THE BILLS PENDING BUT YET THEY HAVE MONEY TO SPEND ON BUYING VOTES FOR CAMPAIGNS, T SHIRTS, FLIERS AND OTHER THINGS FOR THEIR SOLE CAMPAIGN, WHILE FORGETTING THAT SOME POOR PEOPLE THAT CLEAN THE CITY ARE LEFT BEHIND WITHOUT PAYMENT AND HAVE TO VOICE THEIR ANGUISH IN SUCH MANNER. i BLAME THE CITY COUNCIL FOR THIS NOT THE PROTESTERS, THIS IS NOT A GOOD PORTFOLIO FOR A CITY COUNCIL.

  10. Patriot says:

    @kay stain: “The police have all right to arrest people who break the laws of my country Belize.”
    You are right. Penner did not break the law, so he was not arrested. Castro did not break the law, it was only a “wrong doing.” He was not arrested. COMPOL refused to carry a court order, did he break the law? Looks like he did not. He was not arrested.
    Sanitation workerss, for manifesting their rights, broke the law, so they were arrested.

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