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May 7, 2021

Home Affairs Minister Weighs In on Policing Protests

This week, hundreds of teachers and public officers took to the streets to demonstrate in Belize City.  For the past two weeks or so, similar groups have gathered in their respective towns and cities to protest against the government. But there are still concerns about these large gatherings during the pandemic and we asked Minister of Home Affairs how his police officers are policing these events in light of COVID-19.

 

Andrea Polanco

“What is the police’s position in terms of policing these events – I know that at the same time we want them to exercise their right but there are still COVID concerns?”

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs

“Yes, you are right there – that the unions have a right to demonstrate and express themselves and that is why the police department has, as far as is possible under the law, we have been very relaxed with our treatment of the unions; the only thing that we want to encourage them is to practice social distancing and ensure that at all times they are wearing their masks. The numbers have been going down so I am very thankful for that and so I can’t attribute any numbers of COVID directly to these protests that have been happening – mind you it does take two to three weeks before we see results. So, I am hoping and praying that we don’t see any spike in COVID.”


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