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Jun 22, 2020

Santa Cruz Villagers Vex with PG Police

Basillo Teyul

On Saturday, villagers of Santa Cruz in the south expressed frustration against the Belize Police Department after their village leaders were detained and quarantined. The chairman Alfredo Mes, First Alcalde Renata Canti, and Second Alcalde Caterino Chaeb were arrested after police received an anonymous report that the men were selling cacao across the Guatemalan border. The three leaders were arrested and placed in a facility. Police investigated and found out that the report was false and released the men but had to re-detain them fearing that they might have been infected by someone at the quarantine facility. The residents are upset because they say that this is not the first time that police officers target their leaders.

 

Basillo Teyul, Santa Cruz Village

“It is not the first time that something like that has happened. It is not right for the police to arrest all three of our leaders without valid reason or without evidence or wrongdoing. Police cannot just believe a phone call on an unknown caller and act on it, arrest people without investigating or demanding evidence. There are many mischief makers who find it easy to attack leaders. We are not happy and we feel discriminated against. This caller should be arrested for putting our leader at risk.”

 

Concerned Villager, Santa Cruz Village

“We do not appreciate the harassment of our leaders and it is not very properly good because it has not been properly investigated pertaining to our leaders. Our leaders need to be compensation because they are innocent people. These police are just trying to harass our leaders and this is what we are trying to show the nation and the people who are listening to us. We want justice. We want to appeal to the entire and to the government of Belize; we will continue to strike as well.”

 

Concerned Villager, Santa Cruz Village

“As to now we have not heard, as I mentioned earlier, in regard of the authorities of what is the next step. We are very concern. I want to mention this to the public or the police officers or whosoever is in charge of Punta Gorda Police station that we want to hold these police responsible for these families.”


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