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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018. 2:41 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Belizean-American entrepreneur, Ramon Palma was so moved by a video he saw circulating on social media of an incident in Belize city last week in which an avocado vendor was approached by police who confiscated his avocados claiming they were contraband goods, he reached out to offer some help.

During the incident, the vendor was roughed up by police and eventually physically hauled off causing a public uproar on the scene. When the video circulated on social media, more people at home and abroad were enraged by the incident. The backlash against the police department has sparked countless memes and ‘Guacamole Suppression Unit’ jokes as the video showed police destroying over 750 avocados.

Moved by what he saw, Palma contacted journalist, Jose Sanchez and organized to send over $2,000 for the vendor.

Today, Sanchez presented the money to the vendors who, overwhelmed by the moment and the support, could not fight back tears.

Palma is the owner of Ramon and Sons Plumbing Services in Chicago, Illinois in the U.S.

He travels to Belize regularly and recently assisted needy families with food hampers.


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