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Churches prepare to protest again

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) is preparing to host a march and rally in Belmopan, to demonstrate their discontent with decisions the Government of Belize has made on several issues.

NEAB’s “Family Values Rally” is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 on Tuesday, October 31, in front of the National Assembly building. Representatives from NEAB explained that the organization is concerned that GOB has taken no material steps in addressing the issues the churches have raised with the National Gender Policy and, more recently, with the move to decriminalize marijuana.

“Our Government just plowed forward to decriminalize marijuana, after we presented to them numerous scientific studies and reports (Harvard Medical School, Univ. of Australia, Journal of Neuroscience), showing the dangers especially to children and adolescents from decriminalizing marijuana,” NEAB said.

The churches are equally concerned that Prime Minister Dean Barrow has pushed through with the appointment of Franz Parke as a Justice of Appeal, despite vehement resistance from the Opposition and civil society, noting that the churches have a pending case at the Court of Appeal with respect to Section 53 of the Criminal Code.

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