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Oct 1, 2014

Conservation Community Criticizes GOB Over Caracol Incident

The callous execution of Special Constable Danny Conorquie at Caracol remains an issue of huge national importance tonight. Citizens and activists converged on the western border on Tuesday to protest the continuous incursions onto Belizean soil by Guatemala nationals. This is being followed by another in Belmopan on Thursday by the Tour Guides’ Association of Cayo. And another protest is in the pipeline by residents of the Cayo District for next week. In the wake of the murder last Thursday, there has been immense public outrage concerning the national security as well as the manner in which the government is handling the matter.  Today, the conservation community is also taking aim squarely at the ministries of National Security and Tourism for their mediocre approach to addressing the issues.  The Association of Protected Areas Management Organization is joining the national chorus in expressing its dismay.  According to APAMO‘s executive director Jose Perez, it is apparent that despite all confidence building measures with Guatemala, the reality is that government needs to do more to protect Belize’s citizens, as well as its patrimony.


Jose Perez, Executive Director, APAMO

Jose Perez

“We publicly want to join the outcry and, I think, the general population in denouncing what we see as the senseless murders of one of our law enforcement officers in our territory that’s seemingly done by Guatemalans.  We believe also that, or we’re appalled on the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ dismissive attitude in regards to this incident.  We are also calling on the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Tourism, in particular to declare and develop a road map to address these illegal incursions into our protected areas.  These incursions have been happening for years now, we feel that this murder is just the culmination of what has been occurring over the last three years.  In 2011, actually, some villagers from San Jose, a village down south, were shot at by xateros.  These incidents have been reported repeatedly to our law enforcement authorities but for some reason they have not been given the attention that they merit.  As I said, unfortunately that we’ve lost a Belizean life, a young life and it’s time that government takes direct action to address these trans-boundary illegal activities. These activities are not only occurring in Chiquimula [National Park], they occur in the Columbia Forest Reserve, they occur in the Bladen Nature Reserve and our N.G.O. staff is currently being under siege by these people.  We have to do something.  We have to do something about this and we have to do it now.  We also call on the government to be assertive in consulting with or engaging their counterparts in Guatemala.  Let’s bring these people to justice man, it’s a life that we’ve lost, you know.  It’s a life that we’ve lost.”

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7 Responses for “Conservation Community Criticizes GOB Over Caracol Incident”

  1. Kaila Moralez says:

    I honestly am shocked that Belizeans expected this UDP government to defend our border when the foreign minister sedi elrington said point blank that BELIZE’s borders are artificial. That statement drove many Belizeans in protest to all borders to confirm for themselves Belize indeed has borders. Belizeans should be mindful of the fact that these UDP were against BELIZEgaining its INDEPENDENCE when Farther of the Nation was establishing Belize an INDEPENDENT Nation regardless of the Gautemala Claim which date from then. So with the general knowledge facts I cannot comprehend why Belizeans expected any better from UDP when they were content for BELIZE to remain a colony of BRITAIN.
    ur Belize Guatemala Border has to be PROTECTED and only a People United Party Competent to Secure our Borders. After all it was the PUP that established Belize as an Independent Nation regardless of the Guatemala Claim. Admittedly, the cost and logistical challenge will be IMMENSE. Since the Foriegn Minister Sedi Elrington has said publicly on the media that Belize’s Borders are ARTIFICIAL, it begs the question if that isn’t the reason why the Guatemalans are suddenly confident to illegally enter Belize why we have this UNPRECEDENTED SURGE of ILLEGAL Guatemalans. People United Party recognize the need to address the Belize Guatemala border problems with an extraordinary response. The measures that are to be taken are: * STOP giving citizenship to Guatemalan nationals. * STOP Guatemalans from obtaining education in Belize. * STOP all interactions business or sport related with Guatemala. * SET UP Command Center with Monitors so that Security Force can be more diligent and deployed to ILLEGAL ACTIVITY HOT SPOTS. * HAVE Aviation presence at the Belize Guatemala Border. This will send a clear message to those Guatemalan smugglers, bandits, Government and the Guatemalan citizen at large that the Belize Guatemala Border IS CLOSE. The most recent Statistic at the Belize Central Prison or Kolbe Foundation state that Belize’s prison has a Population of 1,420 with a capacity for 1,500 inmates of which 46% is Guatemalan in the ForeignPrison Population. That translates to meaning that almost half the prison population are Guatemalans. Which is a huge cost to the Government of Belize and Tax Payers. So gradually the People United Party will divert the amount of monies spent on illegal Guatemalan aliens that are detained at prison and channel those monies to affording Belize Guatemala Border Security. Maybe we should consider Transferring the GSU Gang Suppression Unit to the Guatemalan Border and rename them the Guatemalan Suppression Unit.

  2. KamiJav says:

    The matter needs to be addressed by us, and the solution is simple, BELIZEANS! Stop flock to Melchor to buy the cheap no good stuff. Every Sunday at least 20 bus load full of Belizeans come to Melchor to buy. Melchor exists because of us. Stop come. And Guatemalans will get the message.

  3. Vincent Fox says:

    Como se atreven a estar hablando que la muerte de un beliceño indigna a la nacion, mientras que belie ha matado ya ha mas de una docena de campesinos de origen guatemalteco en las montañas… no sean chillones. todos tenemos derecho a la vida.

  4. Belizean says:

    Derecho a la vida si. Perro no robar la naturaleza de Belize.

  5. CEO says:

    Can we just do a proper investigation that can hold up in an international court and prove that the culprits are Guatemalans and stop talking all this crap. Even though it may very well be Guatemalans we must first treat it like a murder with the possibility that indeed Guatemalans committed the murder. We may miss the facts if we get so fixated on only one theory. No good investigation is done like this.

    “They ran in that direction so they had to be Guatemalans who committed the murder”, this level of deductive reasoning can never hold up in a court of law.

  6. Peter Monteroso says:

    BRAVO !!!!! Kaila Moralez BRAVO !!!!

  7. Peter Monteroso says:

    Vicente Fox, perro !!!
    tienes huevos? ven a Belice, te estams esperando baboso !!!

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