Belize: Between Oil and Tourism

As Belize votes for its next prime minister, the country is stuck between oil and its natural bio-diversity. 

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    The so-called "People's Referendum," which took place on February 29, allowed people in Belize to choose if there should be offshore drilling in the country. 
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    The Belize Coalition to Save Our National Heritage marshaled volunteers to staff 51 polling places around the country.
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    A voter dips a finger in ink while voting during the "People's Referendum."
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    "This referendum is not the end. It's the beginning. We're using the law to force the government to hear the people," said OCEANA vice president Audrey Matura-Shepherd.
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    The government frustrated the coalition's earlier attempts to get a referendum about exploration and drilling on the ballot for March 7 by disqualifying approximately 8,000 of the 20,000 signatures needed for that referendum to move forward.
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    An office worker gets ready during the "People's Referendum."
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