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Aug 10, 2011

Consultation on 9th Amendment opens to large crowd

The first round of public consultations on the proposed ninth amendment is scheduled to start shortly at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall. From what we gather, the turnout is expected to be large despite trepidation that the proceedings will be railroaded by hotheads. Employees of the Ministry of Works told us that they have been given time off during their day shift from the poverty alleviation project to come out as part of the organized cheering gallery. The Unions, Chamber of Commerce, Council of Churches and other organizations have called on their members to be present for the discussion on one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to be presented by the government. The general feeling is that government ought not to alter the constitution to taking away fundamental rights from Belizeans and that politics should be removed from tonight’s consultations. We’ll have a report later on the newscast from ground zero where a news crew is on standby.

But earlier today, the most recent non-governmental organization to speak out against the proposed ninth amendment to the Belize Constitution is Belizeans for Justice (BFJ). Earlier today, the organization more known for its help with families of murder victims, sent out a press release denouncing the amendment.  After doing its own due diligence, BFJ says that the ninth counters its core values and that of Belize’s constitutional democracy. BFJ supports nationalization of public utilities, however, it disagrees with the section of the amendment that limits the power of the courts and it suggests that nationalizations should also ensure that former owners of companies can seek redress in court. In conclusion, BFJ says it “joins the Bar Association of Belize, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and the Belize Council of Churches in calling upon the government to preserve the rule of law and withdraw the Ninth Amendment Bill.”

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5 Responses for “Consultation on 9th Amendment opens to large crowd”

  1. Earl Grey says:



  2. Concerned Citizen of Belize says:

    I’m concerned about why this government wants to change the constitution? What’s so wrong with the way it is today and isn’t there more pressing issues to worry about like being able to provide jobs for the population now and the upcoming one? And just the state in which the country is in at the moment. As with other countries we must follow in a positive step. I really don’t think this should be such a great concern when people are hungry and no work thus the rise of violence.

    I would like to hear what other Belizeans have to say.

  3. equal justice says:

    Nemencio, Castro, Boots, Martinez, Gabriel, average IQ is around 70. I am quite sure non of them understand the ninth amendment bill.

  4. Steve says:

    Barrow’s IQ outshines the IQ of these gentlemen to the extent that they are “yes” men to Barrow’s ideas.
    Barrow doesn’t worry about the pressing issues in Bze, that is why he preferred to take vacation at this point in time. His 9th amendment is a farce; he is using the buzz word “nationalization” as a cover up for the atrocity he wants to do to Bz.. He is “killing many birds with one stone” and will “kill” Bzeans. His nationalization agenda is only to distract Bzeans to cover up the distress of violence, killings, corruption in high places in gov’t, nepotism and wealth grab. So let’s say no to the 9th amendment. El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!

  5. chabelli says:

    barrow you brought us into starvation;you offered no scholarships;you support land swindling;unemployment is high except for your family;-we shall remove you peacefully or by force we are suffering this is the straw thatm will -not bruk u back it can bring your premature demise

    oh we sant our borders back

    john s is a reakl jack——————

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