There are reports surfacing that there is a surge of incidence of violence against Mexicans at the Corozal Commercial Free Zone. There is a full write up on the issue circulating on Facebook. According to that report, the rate of violence against Mexicans is rising and fast. The report even states that the level of aggression and bad treatment has risen up to seventy percent from last year. The write-up goes on to criticize and even discriminate against Belizean culture as being one of arrogance, adding that this is clearly demonstrated at the Belizean border. The author claims that there is rampant discrimination against Mexican nationals and makes the comparison to when Belizeans cross into Chetumal where they are treated with great hospitality. Of course we remind viewers of news articles we aired and which were reported on Mexican media in Chetumal of the growing incidence of robberies and abuse of Belizeans by Mexican taxi drivers and at grocery stores. The author goes on to tell of one incident that occurred on June 16th when two persons named only as Armando and Bart were allegedly attacked by one Omar at the Free Zone. The allegations add that despite requests for help from Belize police, these persons were not aided. The allegation on social media comes along with two pictures which show the level of injuries sustained by the two individuals allegedly beaten. The person continues to tell that both men had to get medical attention in Chetumal. That is one case. The author goes on to tell of an incident with on Oscar Torres who was again beaten at the Free Zone after being involved in what is described as a small collision. Another Mexican called Marcelino Vargas reportedly tried to complain about a piece of clothing and was allegedly insulted by the owner of the store. Belizean authorities have not addressed the issue said the author of the piece. The author also expresses disappointment in his government which has not sent a correspondence to the Belizean government filing a report. The author also called on Belizean authorities to look into the matter. We attempted to get official comment from the management of the Corozal Commercial Free Zone but were unable to do so. We also tried to contact the Corozal Police but could not get any official comment on these allegations.
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