Following the execution style killing of 20 year old Special Constable Denny Conorquie on Thursday at the Caracol Archeological Site, much public debate and outpouring of support to his family has been raised. While his death is reportedly at the hands of Guatemalan bandits, San Ignacio Police are still unable to confirm if that is indeed the case but are looking at all possible angles.
And today, in a showing of social justice and solidarity, over a hundred men and women converged at the Macal River Park where they travelled to the western border to stage a peaceful demonstration. With placards and signs that read ‘Justice for Danny’ and the Belizean Flag in hand, it was a symbolic showing of solidarity among Belizeans and a zero policy message to our Guatemalan counterparts that we, as a nation, will not stand and take it.
Over the years, Belize has elevated efforts to curb illegal activities from occurring in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve and Belizean soil that sits next to the Guatemalan Border. We have heard countless tales of poaching, xate harvesting, mahogany and timber cutting and one police theory is that Conorquie was killed merely as an act of retaliation against the state after a team of Belizean authorities confiscated five horses and lumber from them earlier that day. Conorquie, who was assigned to the Tourism Police Unit, died doing his job, protecting a dozen tourists and a guide who were on the site. At the time he was not accompanied by any BDF soldier since reports are that the unit did not have any transportation. In a video that was posted on social media’s Facebook, it gives perspective from the visitors of the site at the hour of his death. While it has raised some issues on insensitivity, it still does not change the fact that one our own very own lawmen was killed in the line of duty.
Yesterday, Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow issued a release where he extended his condolences and gave his full support and commitment to his family’s financial welfare. In the release Barrow stated, quote "There are reasons to believe that Guatemalan nationals may be responsible for the shooting and this has been communicated to the Guatemalan Authorities and the OAS. The Guatemalan Foreign Minister expressed his government's regret over the death of the Belizean Special Constable and offered full collaboration in the effort to bring the perpetrators to justice."
The statement adds that "Every effort will continue to be made to strengthen the security arrangements in the border areas."
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