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As we have showed you in our previous story, the incident that resulted in the death of 13 year old Guatemalan minor, Julio Alvarado was embellished due to the nature behind it. Today at the press conference held with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, he told the media that although the fact remains that the Belize Defense Force was acting in self-defense, the headline will always remain that a 13 year old minor was killed by the BDF and according to him, it is something that he cannot change.


Screen_Shot_2016-04-25_at_8.25.48_PMRt. Honorable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize


“We have a responsibility in circumstance such as occurred to put out and put out early our side of the story sensationalism, emotion will always going to be on the side of the Guatemalans that is inevitably going to be the media take away from that incident, Belizean Soldiers Kill a Minor, whether they say unarmed whether they say that it was in circumstances, they are not going to say in the normal course that our soldiers were fired upon, they are not going to say that they knew not from where the shots, they are not going to say that they retaliated as a matter of self-defense and in circumstances where it all they could do is fire in the direction of which the shots originated without seeing or knowing who the hell was shooting at them you know the take away is a minor was killed by Belizean Soldiers.”


According to PM, one crucial bit of information that may not be known by the public is that the same minor that was unfortunately killed in Wednesday’s cross fire between Guatemalan civilians and members of the BDF, is that the minor had already been detained in Belizean territory and escorted back to Guatemala in a previous occasion. PM added that the detail had not been revealed out of respect for the family.

 

Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize


“One thing we didn’t say is that that minor had already been encountered by the BDF in a previous incident in Belize but he was not armed all the BDF did was to escort him back to Guatemala, we don’t engage children in any hostile manner that is a core operating principle of the BDF in the circumstances of that particular incident the BDF didn’t know who the hell they were engaging it was just a matter of firing back and taking cover and it turned out that at the end of it and had died.”

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