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Aug 31, 2011

Activists groups call on PM to step in and deal with GSU/Gang Situation

With a threat of violence looming over the celebrations, there is reliable information that some residents of crime-afflicted neighborhoods have sat in a conference with officers at the Raccoon Street Police Station. While we can’t confirm who was at the meeting, reports are that it focused on recent tension that pitted the department, gangs and the ordinary citizens. Two activist groups are calling on the Prime Minister to step in. Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action and Belizeans for Justice consider the weekend’s clash between George Street residents and the Gang Suppression Unit as horrendous and embarrassing police brutality. The groups allege that the GSU is on its way to becoming a gang.

In a release today they said “We call on the Prime Minister to review the strategies use by the GSU and the police department in addressing crime and violence. We understand that in combating crime and violence the police, at times, will have to use force. The incident that occurred on Friday night – the use of extreme force on ordinary law abiding citizens was uncalled for.

We also asked the Prime Minister to prohibit the use of mask by the police department.” One of the victims of the GSU and George Street residents was Shane Galvez, nephew of Belizeans for Justice founding member Yolanda Schakron. Galvez, whose right arm was fractured, was making a delivery from Royal Wholesale to a George Street house, where a gathering was held after the funeral of a recent murder victim.

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20 Responses for “Activists groups call on PM to step in and deal with GSU/Gang Situation”

  1. indian says:

    Barrow needs to listen to what these people have to say and agree to address their concerns. Then leave and instruct the GSU guys to keep up the good work.I don’t hear these group talking to the bad boys ABOUT BEHAVING THEMSELVES. This is the bull that encourages the criminals.Why not tell the law abiding citizens on george street to stay away from the animals on george street? the country wants the crime problem fixed? Let them do what ever it takes to fix it. COLLATERAL DAMAGE?OK WITH ME.I DON’T LIVE ON GEORGE STREET.I know…. sounds heartless but so does the news every night ……2 dead… 3 dead…. and on and on and on.

  2. Victor says:

    As usual everybody knows that NO ONE will be held accountable for what happened. And nothing will be done.

    There will be some other event that will shift the focus of the crying masses, and then it will all be forgotten.

  3. BZNinCALI says:

    Five people have been murdered in less than a week. None of the five were brought down by rubber bullets which the GSU used on the George Street raid, if the news was accurate. We have victim’s families who are afraid to identify the murdering thugs even when their kin are murdered in their presence. In the past year we have had several criminals walk because the people they attempted to murder were too afraid to testify. Until the activists are willing to Patrol their communities day & night, & get the murdering, blood letting parasites out of the city’s misery, they do not have the right to ask any officer who is trying to reign in these terrorists to show their faces.

    Most of us who grew up in the city or any community in Belize know who is related to who & the last thing we need to do is to create additional targets.

  4. Rasta says:

    for who r not aware…the younger generation of d GALVEZ FAMILY are supporting the GEORGE STREET GANG financially in some way…and has been doing so ever since the VERNON’S…YOUNG’S…RAINDROPS family stepped down!! I can remember clearly when d UDP got back into office the previous general election…the younger generation of d GALVEZ family were all celebrating the victory infront the UDP headquarters at the foot of the bel-china bridge….WEARING BULLET PROOF VEST!! so the cock and bull story about Zane Galvez just delivering liquor, is a front, he is a KNOWN AFFILIATE of the GSG!! ii speak from what ii n ii know…not from hear-say!!

  5. Chance says:

    Oh…please….Belizeans for Justice and COLA are loosing credibility. Those folks at George Street are NOT ordinary law abiding citizens. Mr. Galvez, if you are affiliated or unaffiliated with the gangs should not have been hanging out or making a delivery in that area.

  6. Dirty sugar!!!! says:

    The PM have already tried once and it did not work — Whats up with COLA? Why dont they go on george st. and talk to the guys out their? — Let them do something right for a change and go speak to the guys if they think they can. —-

    Seems like they dont have their head on their body — Let the police do their jobs!!!! Leave the GSU alone!!!! If COLA members are realy law abiding citizens then they will understand how majority of Belizeans feel…

  7. Get it right says:

    Cant believe these groups defending those criminals. Oh wait Zane Galvez is Shackrons nephew. Ok now i see why they support the George street gang and their violence. STop enabling these criminals. These two groups have become an eyesore to Belize. The desire for Politcial power is a bad thing and these groups have been infected, thus they no longer have any credibility in the eyes of the vast majority of Belizeans.

  8. SS says:

    You guys have said it right…GSU is like just another group of gangs with the only difference being that whatever they do is painted pretty by the GOB or whoever to have it seem legal. GSU= legalized gang. These people should be protecting us but instead they use their jobs to take chance of innocent people. How comes they dont beat murderers or thieves this way? Come on hear say is hear say have they found any grenades to prove this??? not that i know of. Another thing they want us to support the 9th ammendment but the 9th ammendment is not even in act and they are already taking the freedom to speak from belizeans. In 10 years from now i can ensure ya’ll that belize is going to be just like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador not to Mention Mexico!

  9. Elgin Martinez says:

    Where is the prove that all those who were brutalized by the GSU are law abiding Citizens?I am afraid that these activists are sending the wrong message to the criminal elements of our society.I am sorry but i can’t support these so called thugs that are intimidating and killing their own Belizean brothers and sisters.what the PM needs to do is start hanging these fools.

  10. ten says:

    law abiding what? cola must be smoking something….. and I don’t agree with them wanting the GSU to stop using masking because Belize is small everybody knows everybody and these guys needs to protect themselves and their family when they are not on duty. Nobody tell them George street gang to be bad people and go about killing innocent ppl on a daily basis. So think again Cola and Belizean for Justice this time your wrong. these guys are criminals nothing innocent about them. As the saying goes show me your friends and I will tell you who you are. If you heng around these kind of ppl ofcourse ppl will take you for one of them. GSU KEEP YOUR MASK ANY OTHER COUNTRY POLICE WEAR MASK TOO.

  11. Lucas says:

    BIRD OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. Law abiding citizens do not hang-out with criminals. When Mr. Barrow does wrong, he will hear my displeasure but, when he does right, he has my blessing. MR. BARROW DO NOT NEGOCIATE WITH TERRORISTS.

  12. Belizean Girl says:

    I agree with majority here. If you want the mask off, then you go on the street COLA and do the police work. I want see each member of the COLA team volunteer to do police work and gather intelligence with no mask on Gang Infested streets between 8 pm and 4 am and see if they last longer than 24 hours. They got lota mouth again but got nothing fu offer to help we country with the crime and gang situation. I say leave GSU alone, this is the first police unit that actually getting things done and dealing with the big gang members. I will support Government all the way with GSU. Bout time we got a real unit getting the streets clean and under control. This is just the start, keep GSU alive…..

  13. shabba says:

    deh Galvez are the same as George Street. Hanging with these guys, financing their activities, etc.
    Talk bout innocent? Everybody wah ball because their son, daughter etc. are involved. you are part of the problem. George Street is outa hand.

  14. dracula says:

    these gangs sent out a press release are they an organization wake up belizze

  15. junkman says:

    bravo bravo bravo GSU IF THEY CALL YOU GUYS A GANG THEN SO BE IT YOU GUYS IS THE PEOPLE GANG FINALLY THE LAW ABIDING CITIZEN HAS ITS OWN GANG BRAVO BRAVO NO WORRY BOUT THE NOISE FROM THE MEDIA MR GSU DO THE PEOPLES JOB CLEAN UP MY CITY OUR CITY ONLY THE CRIMINAL MINDED IS AGAINST YOU SO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO CLEAN THE CITY I GIVE YOU FULL POWERS TO ACK NO ARREST NEEDED AT THIS TIME JUST GET THE JOB DONE WHO GO MISSING FOR GOOD OUTA THE GANG ZONE EG. GEORGE ST YARBOURGH BACKA TOWN JUST DO THE CLEANING AND DISPOSAL OF THE USLESS CRIMINAL ELEMENTS IN SOCIATY THANK YOU GSU WORKING

  16. junkman says:

    MR BARROW BRAVO BRAVO CLEANING UP THE CITY WITH A GANG OF GSU IS A BRIGHT IDEA BRILLIANT PROFFESSOR LET GSU RULE FINALLY THE LAW ABIDING PEOPLE HAS OUR OWN GANG TO FIGHT DOWN THESE CRIMINAL ELEMENTS IN OUR SOCIATY NO STOP NOW WE GOT TO WIN THIS WAR ON CRIME AND REMEMBER NO ARREST NEEDED AT THIS TIME GSU TO THE RESCUE GARBAGE DISPOSAL IS IMMENENT MR CRIMINAL LOOK OUT YOU WILL DISSAPARE FI GOOD GSU A SOLUCTION TO OUR PROBLEMS THANK YOU

  17. subKonshus says:

    You people need to go and read the history of gangs in Jamaica then you will get a clear understanding of what is taking place in Belize. The situation in Belize is very complex. There are no clear good guys and bad guys here for that matter. No ‘evil empire’ can easily be targeted and dismantled because the very governance system of this country has for decades been sharing power, so to speak, with leaders of these gangs…..

  18. whiteangel says:

    Believe it or not this Shane or Zane galvez he is part of this george gang that’s why ms shakaron is defending all of this criminals. I think that george gang needs to buy the GSU with money so that they can continue their business running normally.

  19. Concern citizen says:

    I agree with a comment said earlier on this page:
    Good work “GSU” catch them and send them to an isolated island where they will kill themselves, and bring back Belize like the 60′s, when there was love and peace in the air.
    music, dancing and people just enjoying life.

  20. gunman says:

    U people sum haters subkonshus u correct those same government an police accocate wit gang members an r gettin paid buy drug bosses 2 mess wit people suh its juss a madder a time till dey beat or kill u or one of ur family members y’all hatin on di galves family and all a unu hang wit gang members or family is a gang member watch when di gswho. Cum knockin at ur door

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