Minister Alamilla appalled by hanging of UNIBAM effigy in P.G.
The lynching of an effigy depicting one or, symbolically, all members of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), during a pro-constitution march held in Toledo last Friday, has raised grave concerns. That image led a procession of approximately three thousand villagers from across the district, as they made their way on foot from Silver Creek to San Antonio. Among those who have expressed unease with the message being sent by organizers and participants of the countrywide movement is Minister Lisel Alamilla. In a recent blog posted on her Facebook page, Alamilla raises the question of whether those involved in the anti-gender policy campaign have gone too far in conveying their disdain. While the constitutional challenge to repeal Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code is an unrelated matter, factions within the religious community seem to have combined both issues. According to Alamilla, the Revised Gender Policy 2013 is “…not a homosexual policy. It is a policy that guides how government will protect the rights of all its people. Furthermore, the hanging of a figurine representing members of UNIBAM, says Alamilla, perpetrates a hate crime. The Punta Gorda resident also calls to question the possible discrimination that one can face if a woman aspires for leadership, if an individual is born with a disability, or if a couple embarks on an interracial marriage.