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Prominent Belizeans express outrage over Police abuse of KREM’s Marisol Amaya

Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017. 4:14 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Less than 24 hours after KREM’s Editor, Marisol Amaya, was manhandled and abused by police at a PUP protest near the Tower Hill bridge in Orange Walk, various media personalities, political activists and women’s advocates have condemned the abusive action by police.

KREM TV’s Mose Hyde during his Wake Up Belize morning vibes asked, “Where are the people who stand in Belize for women empowerment? Are they silent this morning because of their political affiliation?”

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Former UDP Senator Deborah Mencias-McMillan, in supporting a press release issued by Kim Simplis Barrow echoed Hyde’s sentiments in a Facebook post stating “Wish ALL women’s groups would come out in solidarity to decry this most recent act of violence against a woman”.

PUP Senator Valerie Woods posted “The person trampled on the ground is KREM’s News Editor, Marisol Amaya. The force used against her by the police is appalling and unacceptable. The media plays a critical role in our democracy. This measure of force is despicable and should be condemned by all.”

Dianne Finnegan, wife of UDP parliamentarian Michael Finnegan, in her social media post emphasized that “As WOMEN no matter the political COLOR we support, I feel it is URGENT that we DEMAND the DISCIPLINE and SUSPENSION of the Police Officer/Officers whom were VERY CRUEL, ABUSIVE, and DISRESPECTFUL towards one of our very own Media Personality Ms. Marisol Amaya of KREM TV”. She declared that this kind of police abuse is “out of order” and should “in no way be tolerated”. In her view “once we let this pass, we open the door for this kind of ABUSE to continue to happen. What I’m observing on the news, could have all been avoided and dealt with in a different manner.”  She concluded that “the ignorance of the Police needs to be addressed”.

Former head of Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Chandra Nisbet Cansino also posted on Facebook that “As a woman and advocate of freedom of speech, I totally denounce what was done to Ali (Marisol) Amaya yesterday. You should too. We cannot muzzle the media – that is equivalent to an assault on our democracy. P.S. Jules Vasquez and Mike Rudon were right there, why didn’t you body slam and hit them with your pinata sticks?”

The Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow, and the PUP’s women group have also issued separate statements on the incident, and these are covered separately as news items by BBN.

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