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Jan 23, 2013

G.O.B. didn’t pay George Street Bosses

Michael Finnegan

When asked if he organized and financed the immediate departure of the George Street bosses to Gales Point following the tragedy, Finnegan told reporters that the assertion is baseless.  As the Mesopotamia area representative, Finnegan says he was instrumental in bringing the relevant government ministers as well as the gang leaders to the negotiation table.  In fact, Finnegan says that despite the recent position of the business community, negotiating with criminals has become commonplace between governments and rebel groups across the world.

 

Michael Finnegan, Area Representative, Mesopotamia

“Again, that is not true.  I don’t know where you get your story from but that is not true.  Of course I got involved because I was afraid of the repercussion so I got involved and then I heard the Chamber of Commerce sent out a release saying that we were in negotiation with these gang members.  That is not true.  We were in no negotiation with the gang members with that meeting that myself and the Minister of National Security and the Prime Minister were in.  That is not true.  But let me go one step further, there are things in these republics around us and in Africa, groups that you would call rebel groups.  Right now in Colombia these rebel groups are opposed to their government, their philosophy and way of doing things.  These [rebel groups] bomb these countries’ infrastructure, knock down dehn wata, knock down dehn bridge and so forth and these governments turn right around and end up in negotiation with the leaders of those countries. So, even if I talk to gang members I have a right, as a politician and as an area representative, as a minister of government to talk to these people because I want to bring them into the mainstream of things.  I want to rehabilitate them so why should I not talk to them?  I should leave them out there so that they continue to be antagonistic towards the people of this country and towards to the status quo?  If we can bring them in and we can bring them into the mainstream of things then I believe that I have an obligation to do that.  What is wrong with that?”

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10 Responses for “G.O.B. didn’t pay George Street Bosses”

  1. Ms. Kae says:

    There is big difference between rebel groups who oppose governments for various reasons and criminal urban gangs. Why is he trying to justify this rubbish? Bring them to the mainstream? By giving their behavior credibility? What does this say? That it is good to being in a gang?

  2. Ms. Kae says:

    There is big difference between rebel groups who oppose governments for various reasons and criminal urban gangs. Why is he trying to justify this rubbish? Bring them to the mainstream? By giving their behavior credibility? What does this say? That it is good to being in a gang?

  3. guardian angel says:

    yes u did pay the gangs $250,000. i know that for a fact. i have my sources in your same government.

  4. Sparks says:

    He is the lie…They are liars. I know for a fact that they pay gang members. I know one personally who isn’t afraid to say that he has good living. They are paid to live somewhere outside of Belize City. Paid rent, pocket money. That is the cold truth Belizeans.

  5. Al says:

    Finnegan seem to be proud of the fact that he was the one who was at the forefront of negotiating with crimials. I believe he is a man afraid for his own safety if he crosses the gangs and stand up for law and order. He knows a lot of the paents of these lawless gang members and to stand with the law will cause enmity between hiim and the people he has grown up with. He put all the wrong things ahead of the people and what is right and good for the country. This man needs to be voted out of office, bt he is making sure he is re-elected and, he is doing so by keeping the gang in his camp.

  6. Storm says:

    Every comment above, right on the mark!

    How about a law making gang members ineligible to vote?

  7. yes says:

    that is so true, this government is trying everything possible to hide their own lies but no matter hw hard they try the truth will always come forth. indeed, rebel group are not the same as the criminals that we are here pointing out, rebels oppose their governments for the wrongdoings or the wrong ideas that are being imposed in their country by the government.

  8. Bear says:

    Finnegan, when you “talk to” the gang members, who are nothing but common robbers, thieves, and murderers, you dishonor their victims.

    Criminals should fear you, not come to you for support and hand outs. At last have you lost all your decency?

  9. Belizean Boy says:

    I must say that Fennigan’s statements are moronic. These guys are common thugs, not some well armed, dedicated militia. The rebel groups he refers to in other countries are a powerful presence and so in some cases government will try and negotiate peace since the alternative is basically civil war. If our government is so inept that it cannot control a few common thugs then Bze is lost. To sit and discuss is one thing, but to spend the people’s money to transport, house and feed these people is shameful and a disgrace to the nation. It also further incites the problem; making them feel so important as if they were contributing members of society. Where do you think the money comes from to give these guys special treatment? It comes from YOU!

  10. Bert says:

    I totally agree with storm, also, how about making it a crime to be a known admitted gang member or even being affiliated with a gang.

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