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Jun 14, 2017

Security Plan to be Developed for National Assembly

The National Assembly is developing a security plan to address new threats to the sanctity of the parliament’s meeting place.  A series of incidents inside and outside the parliament’s meeting place in recent years has brought a stain of disrepute to the previously revered building.  Speaker Laura Longsworth told us on Tuesday that the new plan will make greater use of technology to manage these incidents and protect both visitors to the Assembly, including the press, and those who work inside it.  As for Alberto August’s Belizeans against Courtenay movement, they are intent on continuing their protest against the Senator inside the National Assembly.  Speaker Longsworth says she has not formally been informed of the organization’s plans, but warns that they are to be “under manners” while inside the Assembly.

 

Laura Longsworth

On the Phone: Laura Longsworth, Speaker of the House

“I have had that meeting with the Police and they have committed additional officers to the House, with a commitment. In addition to that, the top brass is putting a security plan for the building, and once I understand that that plan is complete, I have asked the Clerk to get it from the Commissioner so that we can get going on the security for the building. We are very much interested in putting in cameras, putting in a bigger scanner for people to walk through, having more protocols and policies in terms of security, even for the media: making sure that they are properly identified, registered with the Assembly and so on.  That has not been presented to me – that scenario has not been presented so I can’t respond directly to it, but I must say that the security and the behaviour of everyone in the House, we all adhere to the same rules, and so the Police have their instructions in terms of security and they understand fully what their roles are.”

 

In one last note from the Senate, members of the press have asked Senate Committee Chair Aldo Salazar to specify his policy on allowing Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett to attend Committee meetings as a spectator. As we reported on Tuesday, he has stayed away since his run-in with media workers on May seventeenth, but is not specifically barred unless the Committee so decides.

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