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Apr 25, 2016

PM Barrow Maintains that B.D.F. Acted in Self-defense in Killing of Minor

Dean Barrow

The de-escalation of the tension, according to the PM, came despite the positions taking by both leaders – Morales seeking justice for the death of thirteen year old Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano, and Barrow maintaining that the shooting was justified…self-defense after a B.D.F. patrol came under fire.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“President Morales committed to me his agreement to our mutual de-escalation of the tensions that had arisen over the Cebada incident. It is true that he maintained at all times his strong and vigorous protest over what he described as the unprovoked B.D.F. attack on innocent Guatemalan civilians and the ‘murder’ of the Guatemalan minor; and it is true that he repeatedly insisted on the need for justice for Guatemala and its citizens. But it is also true that I placed on record, and repeated throughout, the fact that the B.D.F. patrol had come under fire first, and had responded in self-defense, firing in the direction from which they had been shot at. I made the further point that the civilian members of FCD, who had accompanied the patrol, confirmed the B.D.F.’s version of events. I regretted the unfortunate loss of life of the Guatemalan minor but recollected that the B.D.F. had several times before come under fire in that very area from armed and dangerous Guatemalans engaged in illegal activities and pillaging of Belizean forests, environment and resources. Our military had every right to defend itself and our patrimony.”

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1 Response for “PM Barrow Maintains that B.D.F. Acted in Self-defense in Killing of Minor”

  1. Lowjack says:

    Sad to hear this news, but if Belize go to a war against guatemala, we will loose it , face it people no soldiers are trained good enough to go for a war they just uniform and selfishness

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