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Sep 7, 2018

Tourism Minister Supports “State of Public Emergency” Measure

Manuel Heredia Jr.

We did find today support for the proclamation by Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia. He has no problem with the Governor General invoking the constitutional powers to address the issue of crime; despite the fact that persons are being locked down for thirty days without any charges or being taken to court. Here’s what he had to say on the matter.


Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“There are times where we have to do what we have to do. Because many times if we have to listen to what the public has to say, we will not be able to do a good job. When there is the crime on a daily basis, you will hear the cry that nothing is being done, yet when they believe that they have a plan together that can be effectively taking care, there are people who and many times it will be the media and many times it will be the partners. And, again, we have to allow these people to do their jobs and see how it works. I am sure if they see it is something that is not working well, they will find an alternative to that. But at this point, it is getting out of hand. And from my experience, when it is getting out of hand you have to get together and see what is the fastest remedy that you can do and then plan for the future.”


Andrea Polanco

“Are you in agreement with the step that they took?”


Manuel Heredia Jr.

“Yes, well when they want to enforce that they had to seek the Governor General’s signature before they can do that. There is a process. I cannot say if they followed every step of the process but I m sure that the measured steps of the process was followed and let us see how it works. I believe in giving it a chance to see how it works.”


Andrea Polanco

“The U.S. Embassy, I believe, issued an alert for Americans who are in the country to be careful when traversing the south side – the emergency zone areas – are you concerned any at all that this will instill some fear not just for the people living here but those who are coming to visit?”


Manuel Heredia Jr.

“Well, the Embassy has a right to protect their citizens and whenever a single crime sometime occurs they will give their people warning. But Belize is a beautiful place and I am sure that we have a lot to offer to the world. And we have to do the best that we can.”

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