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Evangelical Association speaks out against police brutality

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020. 6:58 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today the National Evangelical Association of Belize condemned the use of force employed by the Gang Suppression Unit of the Belize Police Department at the Christian Workers Union protest on Wednesday.

“One of the most fundamental rights in a democracy is the Constitutional right to peaceful protest. Wednesday’s actions by the GSU were horrendous and completely unacceptable. We urge also against any retaliation which would only serve to escalate the conflict. Peaceful protest is Constitutionally protected – riots are not,” NEAB said.

The association commended Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Police Commissioner Chester Williams for the way they have handled the situation and affirmed their support of the Port of Belize workers, Christian Workers Union and the other bodies who were engaging in peaceful protest.

Both the Attorney General and Police Commissioner publicly condemned the use of force, following the incident. The ComPol additionally has taken action against some of the officers involved in the incident.

 

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