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Villagers come to blows with Defence Force in San Vicente, Toledo

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2020. 8:31 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Members of the Belize Police Department had to intervene between villagers of San Vicente, Toledo District, and members of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) on Sunday evening after issues arose with social distancing regulations.

Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, told reporters today that several villagers including the Alcalde has been brought in for questioning and face charges.

While the villagers demanded the soldiers leave (they did not), the Commissioner said that “under no circumstances should the BDF have left; that would have shown signs of weakness.” The villagers, he added, “just wanted to have their way, and because the BDF intervened in whatever took place, they got uptight and said ‘I want the BDF out.’” The Alcalde had questions to answer, he continued, as part of what happened.

On the climate for law enforcement as the country returns to curfew and tightened regulations, the Commissioner said that all enforcement organizations have their job to do, the Police in the lead, and “regardless of how frustrated we may be with the entire climate we are living in; we must understand that law and order must prevail.” Despite the Police’s own frustrations, he added, they must and will maintain their professionalism on the job.


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