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Crime and violence in Belize – A nation in crisis says Tracy Taegar Panton

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Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2021. 9:39 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Area representative for the Albert division in Belize City says with crime and violence raging out of control, Belize is a nation in crisis.

“I can not think of a family I know that has not been affected in some manner by crime. My family is no exception.” said the Opposition member in the House of Representatives in a social media post made late on Sunday.

Taegar challenged Police Minister Kareem Musa “I don’t know about you but I need to hear from the Minister of Police. He wanted the tough job. He was very vocal when he sat on the Opposition Side of the House. He did not miss a beat. He was vociferous in his presentations and lamentations on this issue of crime. He had ALL the answers then but remains as quiet as a mouse now.”

According to Taegar in the BLU PlanBelize Manifesto, the PUP outlined nine strategies for “arresting crime and creating safer communities”. She specifically asked Kareem Musa to please tell the nation where we are with implementation, “where are the plans to promote better community-police relations” and “how are we improving the delivery of justice and holding the perpetrators accountable?”

Taegar further noted that she needs to hear from Prime Minister John Briceno regarding “this holistic approach that is under “construction” to address this epidemic” and that its implementation has to be initiated as soon as possible if we are going to rescue our children.

The hard questions continued quizzing the Briceno administration when they will institute programs to engage and safeguard our young people. “What are we doing to create new job opportunities/job training programs for those who are marginalized?” and “Why are we not providing the safety net so that families can have some of their most basic needs addressed?”

A very vociferous Taeger did not mince words when she reiterated “It is time for meaningful action. No more lip service…enough is enough”.

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