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COLA president surprised by ban from Senate inquiry

By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter


While the Senate inquiry on the immigration scandal went smoothly on Wednesday, firebrand activist Geovanni Brackett of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), is up in arms after he and Raymond Rivers were banned from entering the hearing.

Brackett, on Friday, spoke to the Reporter newspaper about what he classified as an “unjustifiable attack on him, since he says he was never notified that an ongoing ban was placed on him after he had protested against Senator Rocke in October of last year.

“We deem the actions to be unjustifiable and senseless, since we did not pose any real physical threat to any member of the house.”

While Brackett and Rivers were banned from entering the hearing, UDP  Chairman Alberto August, flanked by nearly 30 Belizean Against Courtney (BAC) supporters, and dressed in bright red shirts, were allowed inside the gallery.

Brackett said that he was completely disturbed by the BAC’s admittance into the hearing, even after the May 17 attack on the media, saying: “What is good for the goose is also good for the gander”.

Opposition Leader, Johnny Briceno and three other area representatives attended the hearing. 

While speaking with the media on Wednesday, Briceno classified BAC’s presence in their red shirts as continued intimidation on the senators and witnesses. Briceno said that he was completely disturbed that Chairman Aldo Salazar allowed them inside the hearing.

Also present at the days events was Luke Palacio, who led a charge of BNTU members who were there to show their support for their new president, Senator Elena Smith.

In an interview to Channel 5 on Wednesday, Alberto August confirmed that he will continue leading his charge of BAC supporters to every sitting of the Immigration hearing, and nobody is going to stop them from doing so.

The next date for the continuation of the hearing has not yet been set.

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