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Aug 13, 2012

Proper solutions needed to end Guatemalan incursions in Belize

The first phase of the initiative was to inform the Guatemalans that they were illegally panning for gold on Belizean territory. But Rafael Manzanero says that since they are moving in to make arrests, it is clear that the warning has not deterred the illegally activity. It is believed that there is still a large number of Guatemalans operating in the Chiquibul, but they have relocated from Ceibo Chico to the Rio Blanco Creek area.


Via Phone: Raphael Manzanero

Raphael Manzanero

“We have realized that the information provided to them certainly did not really encourage them to leave, nor did they really take it seriously in terms of leaving the country. So to our precise estimate, we can consider that the Guatemalans have moved to another area and there are whole hoards of people located in that area, which brings back again the question of how the country will want to deal with this particular circumstance, which is becoming very complicated and where we can indicate that the Guatemalans have a stronghold in that particular area. In fact, the Guatemalans that were arrested and detained and interviewed last night, into the early morning of today, they are already indicating that they know of another seventy or so from one particular village alone that are still active in the area and that is only from one village. So we know that there are particular groups of people from many villages. So our estimates are still basically high in terms of the quantity of people and the impact that Guatemalans are causing. I would want to call the local authorities, meaning the Mining unit, Department of the Environment, Forestry Department, Immigration; all of us who are involved in terms of law enforcement, given the status and the conditions taking place of the need to synchronize the efforts. We believe that with limited resources we certainly can do better in coordinating and in synchronizing our efforts because I think we are still not really handling this thing as efficient and as effective as it needs to be done. So our call is, we are only one of the institutions there; we certainly cannot do it alone, we certainly are seeing the efforts of the Belize Defence Force and the police, but this is still—several gaps are still opened there and need to be filled in.”


In a release today, the FCD made recommendations to address the problem. One is the need for a high level working group including the Ministries of National Security; Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development as well as Foreign Affairs to meet, strategize and take control of the situation. FCD also wants the Department of the Environment to be involved to assess the destruction, contamination and garbage dumps left in the headwaters of Belize and to penalize the responsible individuals.

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9 Responses for “Proper solutions needed to end Guatemalan incursions in Belize”

  1. Storm says:

    Arm and train the Belizean villagers. It’s our nation, we need to defend and fight for it.

  2. Belizean says:

    I cant believe this is happening. It seems that we dont care. Nobody moves. Nobody is alarmed(except some citizens). Whats going on? Belize is Belize, Guate is Guate, what are we allowing? This should be just as serious if A Colombian plane lands with Cocaine on the southern highway. Actually should be taken more seriously

  3. Joe Devine says:

    Let us not get emotional about the situation. Everybody speaks of the problems but no one offers a concrete solution.

    I offer the following approach:

    High level Government officials to meet to meet with Guate counterpart to discuss the situation to warn their citizens to disist from such illegal incursions. It should be a public campaign on their part to educate their people about the border and the illegality of their actions.

    Secondly Belize must demarcate the border so that there is a visible line that walkable for the BDF to patrol on a daily basis. A guard post should be placed at each end of the line and at intervals where there is easy ingress and egress for supplies and other logistics. No one either Belizean or Guatemalan would be allowed unauthorized entry. After the count of three i.e after three warnings, any illegal incursion would be shot on site.

    What do think the USA is doing along the border with Mexico between Matamorros and Jalisco?

  4. lol says:

    well said Mr. Manzanero…

    Belizeans cannot go into Guatemala and do whatever they want, they end up dead somewhere, why can’t we do the same to intruders???… this is our country and we need to fight for it.

  5. Storm says:

    Joe Devine, you’re right that there needs to be a specific plan put in place that has a chance of working.

    I think it is useless to expect help of any kind from the Guat government — it is their policy to take us over, and they will lie, cheat, and delay to accomplish that.

    Money will be a problem to put up an effective line of border posts. Too bad we squandered the billion we borrowed with the Superbond! I would like to combine village defense patrols with such permanent BDF posts.

    But we must find a way to have a physical defense of our border, and we might have to go it alone. Otherwise, we will be a province of Guatemala, in fact if not in law, within a generation or less.

  6. Belizean says:

    Perfect approach Joe, agree wid u

  7. now i see says:

    Lets send Rod in the front line. Ups his not in the country.

  8. Belizean says:

    Yes, Rod would be the perfect one for a “BORDER PATROL” leader!!

  9. surgery14E says:

    I agree with you Storm also with you. now i see. Let’s send Rod in the front line.

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