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May 6, 2016

N.T.U.C.B. Criticizes Sarstoon Law

The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has also come out swinging against the recently enacted Sarstoon Law.  This afternoon, the N.T.U.C.B. issued a release decrying the piece of legislation, as well as the manner in which it was brought into effect a week ago.  The N.T.U.C.B. criticizes Section Two of the Public Safety Act because it restricts the freedom of movement of Belizeans within the borders of the country.  President Marvin Mora told News Five that the umbrella organization is concerned that a precedence is being set with the enactment of the Sarstoon Law, since government can seemingly flex its legal muscle whenever the citizenry is not in support of its decisions.


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

“Our biggest concern about it is the fact that it violates the freedom of movement of individual students within the borders that we know are part of our country.  So that is one of the reasons why the N.T.U.C.B. met and decided that that press release has to go out because it does open up also the possibilities of other similar laws to be enacted in similar manner that will also continue to restrict or take away our rights.”


Marvin Mora

Isani Cayetano

“Essentially a precedence is being set here is what you’re saying.”


Marvin Mora

“Well yes, in a sense it is and if allowed to go unchecked then chances are that we will run into a similar scenario down the lane and that is something that is not going to be the best case scenario for our country.”


Isani Cayetano

“Last week when we spoke with you, you had mentioned that basically the N.T.U.C.B. was not in a position to discourage or encourage those wanting to travel to the Sarstoon last Saturday.  Wil Maheia came shortly thereafter and said that he had the full blessings of the N.T.U.C.B.   Was there a flip-flop in the position of the trade union?”


Marvin Mora

“None at all.  Again, I will reiterate the same position because even though we support what will is doing because all he is doing is exercising his rights, right.  We cannot, we cannot, in a sense, go out and tell the people, well we encourage you to go because that’s a personal and individual decision.  Remember that the area is indeed an area of contention, especially right now and there are certain risks that a person will run if they enter into that area.  Now you as an individual citizen, as an individual person, you’ll have to take that decision on your own to assimilate those risks on your own, you understand.  At the end of the day though you will still be exercising your rights, you are well within your rights to travel to wherever part of Belize you want to travel to.”

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