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May 18, 2011

OAS employee car jacked in Guatemala

News Five has learn that on May fourteenth, an OAS employee working at the adjacency zone was the victim of an armed holdup by criminals posing as Mexicans.  According to the report, the OAS driver was returning from Flores, Petén when he was held up by a band of armed men. Petén is situated northwest of Belize near the adjacency zone which also borders Guatemala.  The driver of the vehicle pleaded to the armed men to be released, he was eventually released and returned to Belize. The incident comes on the heels of a spate of drug-related homicides in Petén, which has resulted in a state of emergency being declared by President Alvaro Colom. According to one report, the vehicle was caught in the weekend’s massacre.

Twenty-nine residents, including women and minors, on a farm in La Libertad in Petén were decapitated on Saturday. That has led to travel advisories being issued by neighboring countries dissuading their nationals from traveling through that region.  The violence has been attributed to the operation of Mexican drug gangs in the area, particularly members of the Zetas Cartel, who are believed to be responsible for the recent massacre.  There has been one reported murder in the Commercial Free Zone, allegedly carried out by the Zetas and President Colom, who visited the department in the wake of the mass murders, is of the opinion that the spike is caused by a connection being forged by drug factions from all three countries: Mexico, and Guatemala and Belize. The all-out drug war waged by Mexican president Felipe Calderon is pushing the drug cartels further south into Guatemala and Belize.

We also note in this context, that the Central American Beach Volleyball Championship originally scheduled for this coming weekend has been postponed. Teams from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador were to travel to Belize by road but those plans have been scrapped because of the dangerous situation in the Petén area. We also note that Minister of Police, Doug Singh left Belize today for Guatemala along with the Deputy Prime Minister; he will be joining other regional ministers for a security meeting.

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11 Responses for “OAS employee car jacked in Guatemala”

  1. Bengal says:

    So if I got it right you are saying that the massacres in Peten were carried out by the Zetas and President Alvaro Colom.

    So the Guatemalan president is in cahoots with the Zetas? Right?

    I never liked the Guatemalan side.

    Always had that leery feeling; this is because they never recognized Belizean sovereignty.

  2. Rod says:

    Things are completely out of control in Belize total caps is going to be the result because of all the incompetent people in this gov. They all need to resign before Belize is taken over completely by the drug gangs. Resign barrow resign do the belizean people a favor for a change and resign.

  3. Sugar says:

    Minister barely cud talk creole, now he go da guate fu meet with people who talk spanish….da bout time we stop mek fool a we self…as for the DPM…hay dios mio….its best he just keep his mouth shut

  4. Mr,Minister says:

    how can barrow resign when they are in this any one read what Cardona had on facebook about our deputy PM?he said that Gaspar is member of the cartel of Mexico please people read what on face book
    it was tagged on Patrick Jones

  5. Mr,Minister says:

    was tagged on Patrick Jones when Gaspar sent to take the gov.vehicle from Cardona

  6. deb says:

    Belize needs to be on full alert with all this happening around us. Being a small country, we could be taken over by drug lords with ease. We already know Belize is used as a transit corridor. One single incident like the massacre in Guatemala and Belize’s tourism industry would be dead. The government needs to start now with an action plan to make sure nothing like that happens within our borders. It’s frightening to think these sorts of incidents could be our future.

  7. ESSB says:

    I share the same opinion with Bengal; all the Zetas are affiliated; let’s keep a close eye because the 3 major butane importers (tomza, bwel, and zeta) are all brothers and they are from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico…with the recent scandal about weights we have to be very careful something erupts all of a sudden. Minister of Security: please draw your attention to this sensitive issue.

  8. BMP_resident says:

    Bengal…there is a pause after the Zetas,,,should be Minister Colom who is of the opinion….

  9. Earl Grey says:

    AND………The U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT………………. IS LOOKING AT HIS VERY VERY CLOSELY.

  10. fernando vega mora says:

    This violent case gives an opportunity to Belize authorities to work within the international investigation, because the information that could be gathered related with the incident in Belize over the vehicle and individuals involved, might furnish important data about what happend later.

  11. Roy Yates says:

    I get real push out of shape when I see people talking about how the USA should go after drugs traffickers, like the cat to watch the mouse. EARL GREY, go on the Internet and google US drugs trafficking as see if you will still hold the USA holy as thouhgh after reading that report., and many other such reports. We see all this crap about the IMF, see the book title: Cofession of an Economic Hit Man that was written by a former insider of the IMF, and to know that the USA is the biggest contributor to the IMF and allow such dirt to be perpitrated against countries by the organization. I beg you, read, read,read. find out what is going on in the world that you live in like the rest of mortals. There is nothing holy about the USA.

    I watch all the roncus by the Prosecutor in New York today about why the Former Management Director of the IMF should not get bail, and that he is a flight risk, but when the Indian Government demanded that the former head of Union Carbide be extradited to India to stand trial for the death of thousands of Indians, the USA justice said they could not find him, and Green Peace found him for them but the US still did not send him to India to stand trial. But this man who is only accused of attempting sexual molestation had to make all kinds of arrangements in order to get bail. I fully agree with France and Israel, that come to mind now, for not allowing their citizens to be sent to another country to stand trial.

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