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Jan 8, 2013

Rumors and FB caused City shutdown

Dean Barrow

The multiple murders of the George Street Gang associates all under one roof, may be the single most horrific incident in Belize’s recent history. After the discovery of the four bodies, there were gunshots heard in the vicinity of Dean and Plues Street. Shots were fired during an interview with the ComPol designate, Allen Whylie. While those shots were fired in the air, there were rumors of robberies and more shootings which caused a shutdown of schools and businesses. If you didn’t hear any of those rumors, then you probably don’t have a Facebook account. The Prime Minister first deposed of the rumors at the start of his press conference this afternoon.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“One of the reasons for the general sense of crisis that set in after the discovery of the bodies this morning is directly attributable to the rumor mill for the fact that all sorts of false reports are circulated in the public domain; particularly on facebook and to some extend on the media. And we need to make clear to the citizens exactly what happened and what did not happen. That there were a number of reports of random shootings and that in fact persons had been injured—the suggestion being that this was in retaliation for the killings or the persons discovered in those premises on George Street. We are able to confirm to you that the only shooting that took place after the discovery and removal of the bodies this morning was by the security forces who were obliged to fire warning shots when they came under some kind of attack from citizens in a particular area. There was no shooting incident at all apart from that and because of course all the security forces did was fire in the air, absolutely no one was injured in that particular incident. Now I know that schools felt they had to lock down, a number of businesses closed and there was this complete disruption of normal live certainly on the south side of Belize City and perhaps extending as well to areas on the north side.”

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7 Responses for “Rumors and FB caused City shutdown”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Anarchy RULES…

  2. Rod says:

    This is what I’ve been talking about the murder rate this year will double last year that means over 300 more people will loose their life this year ,this is all due to this corrupt incompetent impotent pm barrow and his incompetent gov. Wake up belizeans kick out this useless pm and gov. Bring back the hanging penalty immediately hang all murderers we need to start hanging these murderers ourselves forget this useless incompetent pm and gov. Rise up people before you or one of your family members are next to be put in the ground.

  3. Bear says:

    Rod, as you know, I’m no fan of the PM, but I want to see if the new leadership of the police will make a difference in securing the streets. Let’s wait and see.

    Sooner or later we need a People Power movement to take control of the country back from both major parties, which have institutionalized corruption and incompetence in government. At the core, they’re both like the Mafia, you can’t expect anything good out of them, they just exist to make their leadership rich.

  4. Think-About-It says:

    Both parties have indeed failed Belize, but UDP is far worse. Crime is worse than ever in Belize’s history, corruption is just as bad if not worse than before, and they’ve run up a half a billion dollar debt taking two utilities, one of which is being plundered and the other of which is too broke to plunder. Oh, sorry, and spent millions upon millions on lawsuits that the taking of the utilities was supposed to stop.

  5. Seletar says:

    Think-About-It, I agree violent crime is obviously worse today — the murder numbers don’t lie. I’m not sure it is entirely the incompetence of UDP, or collateral damage from the growing presence of international criminals here, doing business with our homegrown gangsters.

    I think PM Barrow has followed irrational policies, though, negotiating with gangs, appeasing them, putting them on the government payroll. What a loser!

    I don’t know if the PM finally found his manhood, but I hope the new police direction will CRUSH the gangsters, no matter what it takes to do that.

  6. blvnjah says:

    So the crisis in Belize is Facebook’s fault, thanks PM i feel better now……………………

  7. angrybird says:

    The problem is angrybirds like Rod and Mister Jones Facebook.

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