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.Email This Story