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May 20, 2016

Will the P.U.P. Reach the Sarstoon on Saturday?

John Briceño

The P.U.P. heads to the Sarstoon on Saturday, with its leadership scheduled to depart P.G. at ten for the Guatemalan controlled waterway. But with all that said, will the P.U.P. even see the Sarstoon River. As we told you Thursday night, there is unofficial indication from official sources that the members of the group won’t even get their feet wet, so to speak. Briceño says he would be surprised, and disappointed.


John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“I’d be most disappointed in the government and in the Prime Minister, because the Prime Minister last week made a pronouncement that he would lift the tight restrictions on Belizeans visiting the Sarstoon as long as you report to the B.D.F.’s Forward Operating Base. As we’ve been saying it is not a political trip, it is an educational trip. We believe that we need to go firsthand to look at what is taking place to have a better understanding. In our trip to the Sarstoon we are not calling the masses to go. We are inviting the National Executive and the Parliamentarians. In effect it is the leadership of the P.U.P. that is going. We want to act responsibly and to control the numbers that are going and to ensure that whenever we go there will be no liquor, no drinking, no weapons or anything. We are going there in peace and as law-abiding citizens. The Prime Minister has said that we can go, and I would be most disappointed if the Prime Minister were to take back his word.”


Andrew Marshalleck

Andrew Marshalleck, Attorney for the P.U.P.

“If it is that the law enforcement is acting to restrain people’s free movements, to restrict people’s movements even outside those coordinates, then they themselves would be acting in breach of the law.”

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