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GOB holds off on ’emergency areas’ as mediation working

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As part of its crime fighting strategy in Belize City, on Sunday March 18, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced several measures. Those measures were designed to tackle gun violence in Southside Belize City. One such measure is declaring several gang ridden areas as ‘Emergency Areas’. While the legal documentation only awaits the Governor General’s signature, the Ministry of National Security has decided to hold off on the proclamation for these Emergency Areas. The reason for the suspension is because authorities have observed other measures, such as mediation, working as a deterrent to gun violence. More focus will be placed on these sorts of measures; but, if gun and gang related violence breaks out again, the proclamation will be signed and the emergency areas will be heavily policed.

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