PUP will disband chancy GSU
Thursday, July 7, 2011, 15:53
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Belize City, July 6, 2011
In a bold and decisive move, the People’s United Party has announced that when it becomes the next Government it will disband the Barrow Administration’s oppressive and downright chancy Gang Suppression Unit.
The GSU is a specially formed group of officers introduced to tackle gangs in Belize City. But since they began operations, the GSU has wreaked havoc all over the country. The GSU is not the regular police. They are trained to use brutal force, then ask questions, and they do not answer to the Commissioner of Police nor the Minister of Police. They answer only to the Prime Minister.
The GSU was responsible for the vicious invasion of the home of a Belmopan businessman, while three children slept inside. The GSU sprayed the house with bullets, beat up the businessman and terrorized the family. No drugs or illegal weapons were found inside. The businessman and his pregnant wife were then arraigned in Court and remanded to prison. The GSU was also responsible for a raid at a prominent UDP’s house, where illegal firearm was found, but that person, James Swan Sr., has not spent a day in prison as his bail application was processed expeditiously with assistance from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The DPP is married to the head of the GSU, Marco Vidal. Vidal has come under fire recently for allegedly abusing his 7 year old daughter at home. The DPP, who heads all prosecutions, has also publicly come to his defense.
The GSU is a dangerous waste of useful resources. Its role is a replica of the Police Department, which are authorised and paid to fight criminal activity and uphold the law. There seems to sense to have the GSU, other than the UDP’s intention to impose fear and threats on Belizeans as they did with the former S.I.S.
“The next PUP Government will disband the Gang Suppression Unit that has brought oppression and recession on the citizens and has done nothing to curb crime or lessen the incidences of crime. The next PUP government will implement the crime fighting initiatives outlined in our position paper including the increase in the number of police patrols in Belize City; reactivating and adequately resourcing the community policing neighbourhood and recognising the link between the conditions of growing poverty and lessened opportunities and surging crime and violence,”
explained the PUP’s legal advisor and Queen Square Standard Bearer Anthony Sylvestre Jr.
The Barrow Administration is also moving to introduce draconian laws which would allow people to be arrested for up to 51 days on mere suspicion. Belizeans would be rounded up with impunity by the GSU under this law.
Sylvestre also indicated that the PUP would do all it could to get rid of the draconian laws if the Barrow Administration has its way and legislates it.
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