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Police hold it down over Garifuna Settlement Day weekend

Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2023. 8:44 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: While there was one murder to report late Friday night and a shooting on Monday night, both in Belize City, those were about the only major crime incidents over the Garifuna Settlement Day holiday weekend.

Police were called on to manage activities in the major towns, especially in the deep South and Belize City, and for the most part, encountered no trouble per Commissioner of Police Chester Williams: “I commended the officers at my conference in Belize City today for the exceptional job done over the weekend. If you were on social media you would have seen the huge parade in Dangriga on 19th morning – we policed that event without any incident. And other than Dangriga there were activities across the country – we had activities in Punta Gorda, Seine Bight, Hopkins, Belize City, and San Pedro – we had events all over, and those events were all policed by the police officers who were in those respective areas assisted by members of our specialized units, and every area across this country, even where there was no activity as part of the 19th celebrations, the police performed their duties with great admiration…”

People largely behaved themselves despite, as the Commissioner noted, the proliferation of alcohol and partying which some believe takes away from the cultural aspects of Garifuna Settlement Day.


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