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May 4, 2016

Guatemala Takes Aim at Prime Minister Dean Barrow

The government of Guatemala is incensed at comments made by Prime Minister Dean Barrow at a press conference held in Belmopan on Tuesday. So incensed that today Guatemala issued a fiery release which states that, “The Government of the Republic of Guatemala regrets and rejects the unfortunate statements made by the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, during a press conference yesterday.” Just in case there was any ambiguity, the release continues to state that, “this is a failed attempt by Prime Minister Barrow to justify to the media and the international community, the inexcusable act of violence perpetrated by elements of the defense forces of Belize against the child Julio Rene, just thirteen years old, who lost his life due to irresponsibility and lack of professionalism.” And not content with that tirade, the release states that, “It is inconceivable that now, in light of the facts, Belize expresses that the statements by the President of the Republic of Guatemala are more severe – when he reacted because of the wrongful death of the Guatemalan child – than the cowardly act in which the Belizean military killed the child, using excessive force and violating his human rights.” The Guatemalan government is furious – that’s quite clear – but what did the Prime Minister say on Tuesday to elicit that rant? We checked through our footage of the press conference which lasted about forty minutes, including statement and question and answer session. The only reference by the PM to the incident in the Chiquibul was at the very beginning of his statement – fifty seconds of seemingly innocuous comment which has riled up the Guatemalans.

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“At the press conference last Monday I attempted a detailed review of the crisis situation that had arisen following the incident at Cebada where a Guatemala minor lost his life in consequence of an exchange of fire after a B.D.F./FCD patrol had come under a nighttime attack. All the world now knows of the unjustified, disproportionate and incendiary response of Guatemalan officialdom to the unfortunate death of their citizen. That response precipitated the crisis in which it appeared that a fundamental breach of the peace between Guatemala and Belize was an imminent possibility.”

 

The release asserts that based on those comments it appears that, “Belize seems to have forgotten, or wants the world to forget that its army killed a Guatemalan child and wounded his brother and father.” And then, in closing, the release states that Guatemala remains committed to the peaceful resolution of any dispute, according to the principles of international law, but “will defend its sovereignty, territorial integrity and welfare of its citizens at all costs and sparing no efforts.” 

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4 Responses for “Guatemala Takes Aim at Prime Minister Dean Barrow”

  1. Louisville, KY. says:

    “Cow know weh paat weak fence deh and weh fi goh scratch ih backside.”
    This is what bullies do, always using might to make right! But, this is what happens when the PM and the FM continue to powder and lotion that beast of a neighbor.

  2. O.Walk observer says:

    Commenting on the last portion of the news, it has to be mentioned that Belize or Belizeans on a whole have never violated their sovereignty thus the reactions taken including the language is uncalled for. What they should do is keep their population penned on their side; the foreign minister even mentioned Belize preferring the environment over human life. Point to note is that no incident has occurred on their side of the border either BDF shooting someone over there or GAF shooting a Belizean on their side.

  3. CEO says:

    So let’s get this straight! They teach their people to not respect the border so they cross the border do what they want to in another country. To add hurt to injury they fired on the patrol in the dark of night and when the BDF returned fire this is how this child got killed in the dark of night. Now they are crying fowl!

    We just sat on our hands too long and so they became embolden in their crap!

  4. Alma anderson says:

    Dean barrow need to open his mouth and talk loud and defend his country see how the Guatemalan talk what come to their mind that’s what he need to do and stop bull shiting say what you want to say stop picking word take a look at Donnal trumph he don’t care who gets mad he say it out stand up to theses peoples .plz

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