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Jun 5, 2012

What is the most pressing problem the country is facing: crime and violence or the economic downturn?

Tonight’s question is: What is the most pressing problem the country is facing: crime and violence or the economic downturn? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at You can also send an email with your comments to

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9 Responses for “What is the most pressing problem the country is facing: crime and violence or the economic downturn?”

  1. Storm says:

    Violence and corruption are turning Belize into a failed state. If that is not stopped NOW, there will be no rule of law at all in a handful of years.

    I can live in poverty, and hopefully recover from it one day. I cannot live murdered.

    GOB has been losing the war with violent criminals for years, worse and worse all the time.

    I actually think it is time for the citizens to organise into their own crime-fighting groups. Most of us know what the law is, it is time for us to enforce it ourselves, since GOB is failing completely.

  2. Gone fishing says:

    Same thing.
    Two sides of the same corruption, not much in the middle.

    With the latest election it is double up time.
    So ride that pony for another 5 years.

    Let’s play three card monte, dealer wins, Belize looses.

  3. Cayo Wizard says:

    Crime & viloence, gangs, hoodlums, call it what you may; but these ….. are Belize’s most pressing problem.

    The GSU is the best deterrent to the gang problem. Let’s support the GSU and push for laws that will allow the GSU to beat, harass, arrest and convict these monsters that are destroying the Belizean economy.

    Forget human rights. Control these monsters or watch Belize crumble as foreign investment, tourism and venture capitalists shy away from Belize.

  4. Sharon says:

    I agree crime and corruption not violence

    the violence seemingly is caused by the corruption.

    criminals are pordon because of our weak justice system, criminals are been paid to be lazy gangsters and better yet who are the true gangsters/criminals?

    I believe that we have reach the point where the Rat is been place to watch the Cheese.

    who is there to trust?

  5. sim says:

    Crime & violence are the most pressing problem that our country is facing because i really don’t think that the government of the day have the know how of how to minimize major crime and violence, honestly i don’t think they care because it doesn’t knock on their front door as yet.

  6. Vuk says:

    I believe that the latter problem (the economy) is the major cause of the increase in the former problem (crime and violence). The reason why I say this is because, if the unemployment rate is at 23% (officially) and the poverty rate is at 43% with another 16% at risk of falling into poverty (which, if that happens, would actually make it around the neighbourhood of 60%), then that means that there are no real opportunities for those who are stuck in that miasma, driving a lot of those who are poor into committing acts of crime and violence to survive.

    If the GOB and the two major political parties actually gave a damn about these people and Belize, then they would have long ago created an enduring poverty-reduction strategy that would have found these people work and that would have created the necessary conditions that would have allowed the law enforcement agencies and the BDF to effectively contain the crime and violence problem.

  7. A Jew says:

    Crime and violence is certainly the more pressing issue for all of us here in Belize. The Economic downturn is only an economic indicator of the present economic situation. Crime and Violence on the other hand has a far more direct impact on Belizeans. Living in Fear (even in our own homes) is far worst that living in a country with increasing food prices because prices are rising in every country in every part of the world. In these times we as a people can learn to spend less, work hard to keep our jobs, and account for every penny , but how can we deal with each day thinking that it can be our last because of the increased crime and violence. Crime and Violence affect us all no matter who we are, where we live, and it can happen in the blink of an eye when we least expect it. If it does not affect us directly it can affect us indirectly when our loved ones are also targeted.

  8. Elly says:

    The most valuable asset any country has is its people. If the government of the day doesn’t invest in creating better living conditions for it’s people then what can you expect. After all, its the people who make a country what it is, not the other way around.

  9. Sandra Gardner says:

    This problem is not just in Belize it international In America is it worst. but it start with the people and they have to start to stand up and make their voice be heard by starting non-violent movement like Martin Luther King Jr did. I made change the way America did things. And the most important thing people have to start to turn back to God and service him the way we did in the past. We have become a society that don’t believed in God any more we are worldly people. But God can change things and situation for us all. I am from Belize left Belize when I was a little girl but hope to come back one day when God is finishing do his work in my life. It start with God that is the big pictures that we have forgotten it the key to all our problems but the world don’t see it that way. Ask your self why is this?

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