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Oct 1, 2014

Pulse of the People on Danny Conorquie’s Murder

Danny Conorquie was executed on Thursday and buried on Sunday. His murder is galvanizing public sentiments that government has to step up its game in respect of the persistent incursions into Belizean territory. Officially, the government has not confirmed if Conorquie was killed by Guatemalans operating illegally in Caracol, but all the signs are there that his life was taken by bandits who fled across the Guatemalan border.  When we took to the streets today to canvass public opinion; there was no doubt as to whom people believe is responsible for the abhorrent act. Here is what ordinary folks had to say.


Resident # 1

“I feel annoyed because it is unfair. I think that our government should at least do something about it and get more involved because we need that.”


Duane Moody

“I know they are saying that they noh know who kill ahn. Who do you think killed him?”


Resident # 1

“Well it is obvious, everybody knows it…it is the Guatemalans; they come in and they killed the guy. I think government should intervene and negotiate and let’s see what we could find the culprits.”


Resident # 2

“I feel like we have been neglecting our borders and I feel that it is time to increase the security. I’m very sad; my regret goes out to the family and I hope it never happens again.”



“Who do you think could have done something like this so callously?”


Resident # 2

“Well I watched the news and I saw that it was clear to be seen that it was Guatemalans from across the border. And it just goes to show that it is something that we cannot ignore. We as a country, as a people, it affects all of us—not just that family, but all of us—and I hope something can be done.”


Resident # 3

“The Belizean government has got to do some good investigation to find out what’s the story: how it starts, how it ends, who is right and who is wrong. They need to do an investigation.”


Resident # 4

“I think we need more security around we border and they kinda thing deh so, yo know. Instead, take off the B.D.F. off the streets and put them dah di border; that dah weh I want dehn do.”


Resident # 5

“Mien that terrible. For me, I think government should take more responsibility on that because the statement of the foreign minister, he noh take a position. Because I know people weh go to his office weh as foreigners; he tell them that dah noh fi he area and he noh wah see dehn. That dah noh the job of the foreign minister to tell somebody dah noh ih area. You could got people certain days.”


Duane Moody

“What do you feel it says to the security that we have there and basically our country being invaded by Guatemalans?”


Resident # 5

“Well I think dehn could do better. But government noh care because dah noh dehn kids deh out there, dah noh dehn bredda….that’s why dehn noh worry. My kids, yoru kids could dead every day, but dehn noh even worry. All weh dehn di worry about dah dehn pocket.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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3 Responses for “Pulse of the People on Danny Conorquie’s Murder”

  1. Louisville, Ky. says:

    First of all, in case you don’t know, Sedi and I are related but since I am not in anyway, involved in politics, I am at liberty to say it as I see it, as is my wont, without an iota of concern for his political future.
    Second of all and most important, I don’t like chancey people and it is for sure, dehn chance Danny out of his life.
    For Sedi to get on national radio and TV and pretend like he has not a clue as to who executed that young man in cold blood; makes his own integrity suspect, as Belize’s minister of foreign affairs.
    In view of the continuous goings on along the border, if I had laid out that entire scenario to a standard 3 pupil and asked the question: “who do you believe kill Danny Conorquie?’ Any 8 year old would have said, they believe it’s the Guatemalans….. But our learned Attorney General and Minister of foreign affairs, seh:…. “he noh know.”
    Either Sedi di play the fool, or, ‘e di tek Belize pippl fi fool!!

  2. Retired CEO says:

    While the culprit behind all of this remains the PM & GOB, no one is talking about a mass demonstration against our PM & GOB demanding the removal of the Foreign Minister coupled with a responsible response to this incident and firm actions to secure and protect our border. Instead everyone is pussy footing and politically posturing to get in the lime light.

    On the second thought, perhaps, the sad reality is that their is no one in the cabinet who is capable of taking on the position of Foreign Minister. Gapi, Faber, bootsy, or Finney none of them can be trusted with such a position. Furthermore, perhaps they do not have the diplomatic skills to take on this portfolio. The PM will have to take responsibility for this portfolio? Wake up Belizeans!we are experiencing a very serious leadership crisis. Lastly, demand that a new election be called to replace this cabinet of buffoons. ASAP?

  3. CEO says:

    Let’s do an investigation with some international help after we do then lets blame the correct people and if Guatemalans are responsible then Sidi needs to get involved at that point.

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