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Oct 3, 2014

Armed Incursion at Camp Valentin Threatens B.D.F. Soldiers

Tonight, there is real and present danger of bloodshed in the forests along the Belize/Guatemala border, and a chilling sense of escalating violence. This morning at around nine-thirty, there was an encounter between B.D.F. soldiers and approximately twenty-five Guatemalan civilians. The soldiers were guarding civilian workmen who are building a new outpost at Camp Valentin, located less than one kilometre from the border. News Five has confirmed that the villagers, from nearby San Valentin on the Guatemalan side, requested that the soldiers accompany them to meet with Guatemalan military nearby. The B.D.F. soldiers, however, observed another group of armed civilians nearby and believe that the intention was to ambush them. We are told that they went on high alert, ordering the civilians away from the outpost. They immediately called for reinforcements. It is a dangerous situation, and comes on the heels of a threat from those Guatemalan villagers that they would burn down the outpost. We note also that the men who shot Special Constable Danny Conorquie eight days ago fled across the border into San Valentin. This morning, Prime Minister Barrow told us that reinforcements are on the way, but the situation is still very volatile.  


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“I spoke to the C.E.O. in the Ministry of National Security. He and the Commander of the B.D.F. had just done a flyover of the camp in a Lynx helicopter. They didn’t see the presence of the Guatemalan civilian invaders, and so their sense is that the people have now gone away. But it is quite clear that their earlier presence was in furtherance of a threat that the villagers in the nearest adjacent village had made that they will burn down the observation post, or the conservation post. Reinforcements from the Incisive Gallop exercise are being dispatched to the area, and our general has spoken to his Guatemalan counterpart telling him that they need to get a handle on their Guatemalan villagers so that we can avoid an incident that will result in the spilling of blood. Hopefully it’s under control now but it is still fluid. It is outrageous that not only do they come across and do the horrible damage that they do to our resources, but that when now we seek to construct an outpost to help us to better patrol and protect our national territory that they should be so facey as to think that they can prevent us from so doing. Well, that’s not going to happen. The B.D.F. will do what it has to do. But really I think that it is high time that the Guatemalan authorities step up and discharge their responsibilities to get a handle on their people…to place some controls on these villagers.”

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6 Responses for “Armed Incursion at Camp Valentin Threatens B.D.F. Soldiers”

  1. Ali Babarrow's Belize says:

    Send in the gangs, they are tough. Promise them Ali baba booty!

    Call senile Sedi to work a treaty.
    Bootyman to pounce on them, do the low down.
    Faber to punch out the women.
    Penner to sell them passports to convert them.
    Skipper hairy to sell them tourist caye’s next to Caracol.
    Send in the thieves.

  2. Uncle Benji says:

    Dean Barrow listen to yourself. Listen to the interview you granted the media regarding this powder keg situation. Not only are you naïve, you have no clue how to handle this situation.

    These Guatemalans peasants are not afraid of dying, and that is the difference between our BDF and these people mindset. One exchange of fire, one dead person, and Belize will find itself in its first war.

    This is when the cowardly Sedi needs to lean hard on the OAS and Caricom Regional Task Forces and fellow Carribean nations to help us.

    Get real Barrow. Accept your inefficiency and Belize’s inabilities to defend itself. Should you fail in this endeavor, should you not recognize Sedi’s uselessness, the blood of our generation and our children’s children will be on your hands. one hundred years from now Belize’s history will show “Dean Barrow, Belize’s fourth prime minister as the prime minister that gave away land to the Guatemalans, the Judas Iscariot of Prime Ministers, the coward who witness the slaughter of Belizeans citizens by Guatemalans, and called the Guatemalans “chancey.”

  3. Rice and Beans says:

    Send in the Troops! That’s what they are training for.

  4. Peter Monteroso says:

    Using the word “chancey” against Guat will not do, needed is men with bravery and balls to defend our border, not weaklings like our leaders.
    Diplomacy will not do either, those men are killers, thieves, etc, and care so little if any about borders or nationality.
    They can be wandering thieves that are running from the laws of their countries and don`t give a heck about any civilization.
    Maybe Guatemala will be happy if the BDF get`s rid of them.
    But the BDF MUST defend their own lives very careful while guarding our borders , these men are there to kill or be killed.

  5. Al Rich says:

    The entire Belizean government has no clue how to defend this country against gang violence and the Guatemalans. I believe the whole lot of them are afraid of retalation by gang members aghainst them and their families.
    I don’t know what will become of this country, soon the americans will stop coming then what.

  6. Retired CEO says:

    The PM is the chairman of the National Security Council, nowthen, how in the name of God could he not no about all the ongoing security issues in the jewel. ie; letter from Insp. Hall re serious security concerns? Hunting caye contract with Guats. building coast guard station? Sedi’s ongoing diplomatic buffoonery? Illegal guats in the jewel? etc, etc…Either this PM is a liar or he has fell asleep at the leadership helm? Wake up. Rise up Belizeans time for a new election?

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