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Commissioner of Police: “Santa Familia residents will not be criminally charged for civil disobedience”

Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2021. 11:39 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Commissioner of Police Chester Williams assured the residents of Santa Familia Village, Cayo District, that they will not face any criminal charges for the acts of civil disobedience carried out in the village on Monday night.

Following the shooting death of Belize Defense Force soldier, Jesse Escobar, a resident of Santa Familia, the villagers gathered in mass, which violates the current COVID-19 protocols, burned tires, and blocked off roads. Williams said that police had seen news footage of the events and wanted to intervene, but he gave them the directive to stand down and allow the villagers to vent their frustrations.

“People do have a right to dissent and even though it was not a peaceful dissent as it ought to have been, we try to understand the pain of the village over what had transpired. And so with that, we allowed them to express themselves the way they did last night.

The villagers are calling for no less than a murder charge for the soldier, known only at this time as R. Valencia for shooting Escobar at close range with an M4 Carbine.

 

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