Belize Progressive Party (BPP) calls on government to distribute rice to the poor

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Posted: January 8, 2016. 11:03 a.m. CST.

By BMG Staff: The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has joined other organizations in objecting to the destruction of Guyanese rice that has been in storage at the Big Creek Port. BPP

The BPP, like others, argues that there are many Belizeans facing financial challenges who can benefit from the distribution of the rice, adding that nongovernmental organizations can assist in the process. In its short release issued today, the BPP concluded by calling on the Prime Minister to reconsider wasting the shipments.

Unionists and activists have expressed their stance on the destruction of the rice that has been seized as its buyer, Jack Charles, has been unable to obtain proper permits for its importation. While all who have weighed in on the matter believe the rice can be put to good use, there have been differing opinions as to Charles himself. The Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) believes he should be compensated while others like Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) feel he should not be compensated and should be made to re-export it as his expense.

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