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Apr 21, 2005

Looting and protests in Belize City

Story PictureWhenwe signed off on last night’s newscast, it was with the sun setting and tyres burning amidst a restless crowd on the Belcan Bridge. What happened next was not pretty as a day of political protest morphed into a night of indiscriminate looting. News Five’s Rick Romero and Stewart Krohn ventured into Belize City’s chaotic downtown area around Albert and Regent streets and came back with some thought-provoking pictures. Viewers will recognize the looted stores as Gaylord and Venus on King Street, as well as Miami Fashion and Hofius on Albert Street. Other downtown businesses, including the Belize Bank and First Caribbean International Bank, suffered broken windows, but in the end their defences remained intact. We present the footage without comment.

(Montage of city looting)

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