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Dec 4, 2018

C.E.O. George Lovell Says State of Emergency was a Success

During the national celebrations in September, a state of public emergency was declared on two areas of south side Belize City. Over forty persons were rounded up and put away at the central prison for thirty days, some without visitation rights even by their attorneys and families. Human rights activists and those affected say that the measure was draconian and that other crime-fighting tools could have been implemented to address the spike gun violence.  Today, C.E.O. in the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell told News Five that the state of emergency was successful.

 

George Lovell

Col. George Lovell (Ret’d), C.E.O., Ministry of National Security (Police)

“It was successful; I can tell you that there were no ifs or buts. We are quite clear in our mind that the efforts that we had done then was worth the while and was the best thing that we could have done under the condition. And if we have to do it again, we’ll do so again. Having said that, every situation requires some analysis; it is not just kneejerk reaction that is coming out of the Ministry of National Security and the Police Department in addressing these issues. And each and every time we have these spikes or we have a condition that requires for us to get our minds together and come up with the kind of action like we have done when we had the state of emergency, we will do so whenever the need arise.”

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