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May 10, 2016

Sarstoon Law Fiercely Opposed by N.T.U.C.B.

Marvin Mora

The National Trade Union Congress of Belize remains vocal in demanding that government rescind the Sarstoon Prohibition Regulation.  The N.T.U.C.B. is in strident opposition of the law, despite a release from government on Monday stating that it will now only limit access to the Sarstoon.  N.T.U.C.B. President Marvin Mora challenges the government to have Guatemala explain exactly how the BTV is provoking military aggression by simply traveling to the Sarstoon River. 

 

Marvin Mora, President, N.T.U.C.B.

“Our position remains the same, that the government must do the right thing.  The government must act responsibly.  The government is not there to represent a few, the government is there to represent the public.  The government should not, at any point in time, take it upon themselves to remove or suspend any rights of citizens of any country.  If you recall back in 1942, according to history, American History, the American government did the same thing to Japanese Americans, took away their civil rights and liberties and they put them in a camp.  They remained detained there for months and eventually in 1988, President Reagan passed a law that basically was giving back these people their dignity and it was acknowledging that the government made a mistake and that these people’s rights were violated.  If the government of the day continues along that path we are looking at a similar scenario where our country, which is supposed to be a democratic country, is not going through the democratic process to basically look at what we have in the constitution and make amendments.  The constitution is clear about our freedom of movement.  We are supposed to move unimpeded within our borders, so we don’t see how we could reconcile with the government’s position that they will not rescind it.  We are asking government officials, especially the prime minister, to put aside ego, to put aside all types of emotions at this point in time and let’s work the system the proper way.  If they believe that it is necessary to tell, it’s our citizens, not to go to the Sarstoon, why don’t they believe it was necessary and it is still necessary to ask the Guatemalan government why is it that it is a provocation for the Belize Territorial Volunteers to be in the Sarstoon.  Let them specify which actions of this group of unarmed civilians they consider to be provocation.  Is it the sole fact that they are visiting the area?  Let them qualify that so that the international community can judge on their own as to is really the aggressor in this situation.”

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1 Response for “Sarstoon Law Fiercely Opposed by N.T.U.C.B.”

  1. Moses Benguche says:

    So, every group is opposing the Sarstoon claim by Guatemala. How should we defend ourselves and our country. I propose enacting a draft. All male between the ages of 17 and 50 should be enlisted and trained to defend our country. The BNTU will provide officer cadets. Training should be expedited. we should then solicit friendly countries for advisers and weapons. Set up camp at Sarstoon and Benque. Action speaks louder than words. Plenty ah we di mek nice but who ready fi ded fi defend wiself.

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