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Mar 1, 2012

Burnt House a case of political victimization?

We reported on Wednesday night that the vehicle of P.U.P. standard bearer, Dr. Francis Smith, had been set on fire at the New Road Gas Station. It’s a case of arson that is believed to have been politically motivated, but it is not limited to Belize City. Down south in Punta Gorda, two houses were set on fire over the weekend in the Village of San Pedro Colombia. The victims are vocal supporters of the People’s United Party and they believe their houses were burnt by U.D.P. faithfuls. Saturina Salam is one of those victims and she told News Five via phone today that she saw a strange bus parked near her house on Saturday and the occupants were making a lot of noise. Soon after, Salam’s house was engulfed in flames and the bus took off down the road. She lost everything in what she believes is an act of political violence.

Via Phone: Saturina Salam, Arson Victim

“We heard that they are making noise by the roadside when I see the flashlight coming from the bus and when I see the flash light under the tree, still I am standing to peep at them when I see the fire blaze. Then I opened my door, I came out and bawl. I said oh my goodness, they’re burning my house. And I see the bus, when they see the fire is already blazed the bus gone. One vehicle come in the village and the bus and we don’t know which village the bus come from. That’s why I’m feeling now they are doing bad in our village, sending somebody to burn the house and pay somebody to go and burn the house. That is totally nonsense. He is doing nonsense in our village, destroying the houses in the village. That all I wanted to let him know that is happening in our village.”

Delahnie Bain

“But why do you think they are burning people’s houses?”

Via Phone: Saturina Salam

“I think maybe because we are supporters for the P.U.P., maybe that’s why they are doing this to the people in the village of San Pedro Colombia.”

Delahnie Bain

“Did it happen to anyone else?”

Via Phone: Saturina Salam

“Yes.”

Delahnie Bain

“And they are also supporters of the P.U.P.?”

Via Phone: Saturina Salam

“Yes.”

Delahnie Bain

“So, your house; you lost everything?”

Via Phone: Saturina Salam

“Yes, only my husband di wear di blanket and some clothes eena di house. My husband mind di house, dat time my husband was with Mr. Oscar Requeña in San Antonio for a meeting there. Only me and my daughter were at home when that happened Saturday eight o’clock.”

Delahnie Bain

“Nobody got hurt though?”

Via Phone: Saturina Salam

“No.”


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1 Response for “Burnt House a case of political victimization?”

  1. Storm says:

    We will become a new Nazi Germany if we allow political “strom troopers” to terrorize any opposition with violence and intimidation.

    I PROPOSE A LAW THAT SAYS THE PENALTY FOR POILITICALLY-MOTIVATED CRIMES MUST BE DOUBLE THE NORMAL PUNISHMENT.

    What do you think?

    Political violence is a sure way to kill democracy and our right to vote freely for our leaders.

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