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Oct 3, 2014

Belizeans ‘Egg’ Guatemalan Embassy

A week after his execution, the country is still grieving the death of Conorquie, a twenty-year old tourism police constable working at the Caracol Archeological Site. Two protests were held earlier this week demanding justice for the special constable; today another was held in front of the Embassy of Guatemala in Belize City because it is believed that Guatemalan encroachers executed Conorquie. There haven’t been any demonstrations at the embassy despite the territorial claim, but with emotions running high at this time, a small group headed to the Embassy to make their presence felt. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Earlier this week, there were several protests in the west. Tour guides demonstrated in front of the National Assembly in Belmopan on Thursday and two days earlier on Tuesday others protested the murder of Danny Conorquie starting at the western border.  This morning, the wave of protests moved to Belize City…this time the target was the Guatemalan Embassy in King’s Park. Organized by Political Aspirant, Gilroy Usher Senior, a small group of about twenty Belizeans gathered on A Street chanting that “Enough is Enough,” and demanding justice for the coldblooded murder of Conorquie.

 

Gilroy Usher Sr.

Gilroy Usher Sr., Political Aspirant

“This is a protest to denounce the coldblooded murder of Danny Conorquie by poachers from Guatemala, way inside Belizean territory and this, the poachers from Guatemala have been coming across to Belize on a daily basis, deeper and deeper and no serious effort has been made to stop them and this is why we are at this stage where the tragedy happened at the archeological site. From time to time they have been coming across making milpas, taking our valuable timber and not only that, attacking our law enforcement officers with machetes and even shooting at them. And the whole time the government pretends like nothing is happening and let the matter slip under the rug.   We are saying that enough is enough and we are saying that it is time for Belizeans to stand up for their rights; the time to save your country is now. For too long, we just let things slide, we pretend like we noh know that the poachers in Guatemala di cut down acres and acres of wi land ina di Chiquibul area and other areas. We pretend that we noh aware about the cutting of xaté; we pretend that we noh aware of the cutting of timber and different thing. So we are saying that the time to take a stand is now, now. That is why we are taking a stand now.”

 

Danny Conorquie

Duane Moody

“Some may say but why come here? They are not the ones that are on the ground, they are not the illegal poachers. Why come here?”

 

Gilroy Usher Sr.

“Okay but the embassy represents the citizens of Guatemala and it is the citizens from Guatemala that keep encroaching into Belizean territory. Therefore, we want to send a message to the Guatemalan government through their embassy then that they need to restrain their people from coming across to Belize to steal our natural resources and worse of all, killing our law enforcement officers.”

 

The message was loud and clear and the small group became more agitated. The mob started to egg the Guatemalan Embassy despite the heavy presence of police officers who insisted that the protest was illegal.

 

Suzette Anderson

ASP Suzette Anderson, O.C., Precinct 3, Belize City Police Department

“Sir we understand, we do understand, but there is a legal way to do things. Right, so if you are breaking the law, we will have no other alternative but to enforce the law.”

 

Gilroy Usher Sr.

“Well we noh consider ourselves as breaking the law because this dah wah spontaneous process. And I think before the police man dehn jump fi wah arrest we who di stand up fi wi rights yah, dehn need fig oh dah the border fi arrest the poachers dehn. That dah weh dehn need fi do. Yo go dah the border go arrest the poachers deh; goh dah the border. We noh have nowhere fi go.”

 

ASP Suzette Anderson

“Mister Usher, I believe you are a civil person, I believe that you are intelligent enough to understand that what you are doing is illegal.”

 

Gilroy Usher Sr.

“We di stand up fi fu we rights; that dah how we see it. Instead of harass we, unu goh dah the border go stop dehn when dehn di come across the border.”

 

ASP Suzette Anderson

“Mister Usher, I would want you to exercise some kind of civil pride….”

 

Gilroy Usher Sr.

“We being out here and throwing a little egg on the building; that’s is a minor thing…that can be washed off. Danny Conorquie paid the ultimate price in serving his country. He lost his life because of the incompetence and the inaction of the authorities on both sides of the border in dealing with the encroachment ina Belize by Guatemalans.”

 

Just moments after the protest, at an event held at the Biltmore, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was asked to weigh in on the protest. He sided with the protesters.

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“People have a right to demonstrate generally, and an issue such as this is incendiary. The degree of Belizean outrage is not just almost unprecedented but it is entirely justified. This was a horrible, absolutely dastardly act and we should be grateful that we live in a country where at least people are still going to employ peaceful means to record their dissatisfaction, to record their concern, to record their outrage over something like this. You’re saying they picketed or demonstrated…they didn’t try to burn down the place or to damage the property of the Guatemalan Embassy. They have every right to protest.”

 

Duane Moody on News Five.

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2 Responses for “Belizeans ‘Egg’ Guatemalan Embassy”

  1. Al Rich says:

    I am glad to see the people finally taking a stand. Do not let this be the last protest, keep it up. This is one way to get some change to occur short of violence. The guatemalan’s are raping the natural resources along the border. If Belieans cross over in to Guatemala, guess what \, they would be shot on sight by the guatemalan soldiers.

    It is time the security of the country be taken seriously and send a message and stop being a marshmallow of a countyr.

  2. r-dale says:

    Really, they threw eggs, what are they 10 years old? Next did they sneak around back and toillet paper the trees. This is a serious issue, best to let the adults handle it.

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