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GOB will continue to pay 13 gangs – …now the gangs have Ambassadors

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 20:01
This news item was posted in Hard Hitting category and has 10 Comments so far.
Belize City, May 2, 2012 The Barrow Administration says it doesn’t have money for salary increases for public officers, teachers, nurses and police officers, but it can find hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay gang members. Having already spent over $1m to pay gang members to keep the peace, the Government announced through Restore Belize that it will continue its “gang truce” program. The truce had been hanging on a thin thread for weeks and it recently imploded when the leader of the dominant George Street gang, Shelton “Pinky” Tillet August was gunned down. This erupted into fury in the streets, panic among security officials, and fear for senseless reprisal in the public. The crime frenzy heightened when Arthur Young, the leader of the gang that is the rival to George Street, was gunned down at the hands of Police. Over the last two weeks, almost a dozen persons have been killed due to gang rivalry. It is clear the gang truce, as it is currently formulated, has not worked. One cannot buy peace and gangs are illegal. But don’t tell that to the Barrow Administration. Under their watch the gangs have gained notoriety, prominence and recognition. Gangs have gone from issuing press releases, to suing the Government to now naming Ambassadors. That’s right, according to Restore Belize, the gangs have been asked to name a representative who will sit around the table to negotiate the truce. Someone will just replace Pinky and Arthur and the failing cycle will likely just repeat itself. In several of these meetings, the presence of the Prime Minister is demanded. This must be upsetting to hardworking cane farmers, rice growers and citrus growers who have not gotten an audience with the Prime Minister for many years.
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10 Responses to “GOB will continue to pay 13 gangs – …now the gangs have Ambassadors”

  1. BELIZEAN said on Friday, May 4, 2012, 13:34

    LMAO, only in BELIZE, say to speak,Gang is negoiating with the commander in chief on what will happen in their country if they are not paid or given what the gangs demand. LORD what a disgrace for Belize. Dean, cause i have no respect for you as a PM so I will not acknowledge you as such, you suppose be highly educated, was part of you going to law school and being a lawyer to have gang members dictate to you how to run your country.

  2. Ricky Malthus said on Friday, May 4, 2012, 15:07

    Barrow is leading this gross assault on the people of Belize because the gangs will accept the money and continue their violence. What depravity from Barrow!! Go form a gang and receive taxpayers’ money.

  3. SJ said on Friday, May 4, 2012, 20:02

    See the Belize Law below on Gangs then You decide if the PM is guilty of a Violation of the Laws of Belize: Here is the website for this document: http://www.belizelaw.org/lawadmin/PDF%20files/cap102.pdf

    PART I 1
    Suppression of Criminal Gangs
    1. In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires, “criminal gang”
    means an organization or association or combination of persons which is
    formed for, or which acquires, the purpose of committing or facilitating the
    commission of any of the offenses set out in section 5(2) of this Act; and
    any such organization or association or combination of persons shall be
    treated as a gang whether or not it has other objects or purposes.
    2.-(1) Subject to subsection (3) below, a person is guilty of an offense is he
    knowingly:-
    (a) belongs or professes to belong to a criminal gang;
    (b) solicits or invites support for a criminal gang; or
    (c) arranges or assists in the arrangement of, or addresses,
    any meeting of three or more persons (whether or not it
    is a meeting to which the public are admitted) knowing
    that the meeting is: Membership, etc.,of criminal gangs.
    26 of 1992.
    [ ] Commencement.
    THE SUBSTANTIVE LAWS OF BELIZE REVISED EDITION 2000
    Printed by the Government Printer,
    No. 1 Power Lane,
    Belmopan, by the authority of
    the Government of Belize.
    Crime Control and Criminal Justice [CAP. 102
    [ ]
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    (i) to support a criminal gang; or
    (ii) to further the activities of a criminal gang.
    (2) A person guilty of an offense under subsection (1) above shall
    be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars
    or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both such fine
    and imprisonment.

  4. Ricky Malthus said on Sunday, May 6, 2012, 13:32

    Barrow is not physically fit nor mentally competent to lead or be prime minister of Belize or a dead carcass. Barrow has committed a crime. Why? No one can contract with criminals because they are illegal entities. Barrow is not of sound mind, so the contract with these criminals is not valid. So neither Barrow nor anyone else has the legal authority to offer a contract to these criminals not to commit murders and mayhem in Belize. Besides we have laws enabling our police force to arrest criminals. This cost us more than $15 million annually. So why do we need to pay the criminals too? It makes no sense. Is Barrow merging the police and the gangs into one entity like super police force? Just what is Barrow thinking, or is he capable of thinking?

  5. Anonymous said on Monday, May 7, 2012, 8:41

    dis da lone razz! How dare d pm use we taxpayers money to maintain gangs? Mebi he is one of them or he is afraid of them.

  6. Anonymous said on Monday, May 7, 2012, 14:06

    one word Extortion

  7. Richard said on Monday, May 7, 2012, 14:12

    all the gang members receiving money should be charged with [ extortion ]

  8. Toledo said on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 21:08

    We are poor teachers of Toledo, we work hard to educate our young minds. We are asking for a pay raise but can’t get our PM to give us all a small increase in order to cover our high cost of living here in the Toledo District. Now he has more consideration for criminals, seems that in the PM’s world crime pays, rather than hard working people. Our boarders are overwhelming with illegal activities, why not have these gangaster patrol our boarders since they are so good with killing one another. Let them earn their money like any other ordinary Belizean. PM teach a man to fish, don’t give him the fish or eventually he will bite the hand that gave him the fish. Pm Think like an educated an educated person. We as tax payers are working hard and for you to use our money to pay criminals is not right. What examples are we showing our young generation? We have students that listen to the news and are saying: miss we don’t need no more school, we just need to kill some people and we will get paid by the PM not to do more. PM open your eyes, this is what you are portraying to our new generation.

  9. Crazzzzy said on Friday, May 18, 2012, 12:41

    I assume they Pay income tax on this Bribe, Al Capone ended up in Jail For Tax evasion, Not as a head of a criminal org. Time for the PM to man up and deal with this The propper way or MOVE ON
    enought is enought

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