While many Belizeans are saddened about the unfortunate incident and the untimely passing of the three young girls, others are questioning the true reason behind the fire. The Belize Progressive Party issued a press release today expressing their dissatisfaction with the incident and are demanding to know, one: If it is true that the young women were in an altercation before being locked away? If this is so, why were they put in the same room?
Two: Why did authorities need to break the door? If these young women were locked in a room, and thus the door would have been locked from the outside, why wasn’t a key used to open the door?
Three: Who is responsible for the keys to the rooms that are used to lock away youths at this hostel? Did one of the young women lock the door from the inside?
And four: Was this an unfortunate murder suicide?
The BPP indicated that proper protocols were clearly not followed. They believe that the authorities could have dealt with the situation differently and thus, prevent this incident from occurring. The BPP stated, quote “In this particular situation, our young people are in this youth hostel because of physical and psychological trauma; locking them away in a room unsupervised seems inhumane and uncaring”. End quote.
In the release the party is urging the government to conduct a thorough investigation in regards to the incident.
Today the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow, expresses deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
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