The Subteniente López border crossing in Quintana Roo. The Subteniente López border crossing in Quintana Roo.

Belize border crossing closed for 6 hours

Clash between alleged smugglers and Belize customs agents injures 13

There was a dust-up on the Belize border yesterday — not for the first time — after Belizean customs agents clashed with a group of alleged smugglers attempting to carry goods into Mexico.

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Thirteen people were injured at the Subteniente López border crossing, 15 kilometers from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, after the customs officials refused to allow a group of about 20 people to cross the border because they hadn’t paid taxes on the merchandise.

The situation worsened when one of the Belize agents, who had crossed into Mexican territory, pulled his gun and began threatening the alleged smugglers.

Weekends are a popular time for Mexicans to cross the border and enter Belize to buy merchandise in the duty-free zone and return to Mexico to sell it.

Similar confrontations have happened before. After a similar incident last year, Belizean authorities decided to prohibit commercial vendors from gathering at the border crossing, but little by little they have been returning, reported the newspaper Milenio.

The crossing was closed for six hours yesterday as a result of the clash.

It was reopened and calm restored after Quintana Roo state police and the Army sent in personnel to provide security.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    Only the CIA transports drugs via plane. All others are competitors.

    “It’s a hard to get to Mena, Arkansas, on foot.”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Jose Yates

    Mexicans seem to be naturally born criminals.

    • Now that’s just mean.

      • Jose Yates

        There’s total outrage on the northern border because Americans are demanding Mexicans come to our country legally. They are offended that we expect them to obey our laws. There’s no life for a Mexican in the US unless the Mexican is here as an illegal alien. We have a right to allow or deny whomever we want. The world does not have any right to come at will, it’s our decision. And we want to know who’s here, what they want, and what they will be doing.

        • Hailey Mannering

          Why bother posting that ? Mexicans don´t want to pay for the wall, but aren´t overly concenred about US immigration policy.

    • Yo Man

      A lot of them but not all

      • Jose Yates

        Okay, I’ll buy that. But reading the newspaper it just befuddles me that every Mexican is angry because we are demanding LEGAL immigration. Americans have been complaining for years about the opened border and our neighbor ignored us. Why any Mexican who wants to be here legally refuses to make the effort is puzzling. It’s like the only joy in their life is cheating the Gringo.

        • Hailey Mannering

          Mexicans are angry at Trump´s incideniary anti-Mexican remarks. Most Mexicans don´t have a strong opinion about US immigration policy.

        • Yo Man

          The rush one gets from cheating I suppose. Amazing to read your post about them buying condos in Florida and paying cash. Cartel money dropped on the ground so they will look the other way ?

    • K. Chris C.

      Actually no. While living in Mexico can be frustrating, the behavior of the Mexican people is understandable if one understands the root causes.

      As government oppression and tyranny grow, corruption and amorality become systemic The people, in order to get by, are compelled, generally, to likewise become more corrupt and amoral in their dealings with both government and each other.

      Mexicans are also burdened by having been under some tyranny or another for their entire country’s history. These tyrannies have deliberately dumbed-down their education system so as to produce primarily workers and non-critical thinkers.

      The same corrupting forces and dumbing-down of education is happening to the American culture under the US tyranny. Americans are not as far lowered, having had the process begun about 1913, but are rapidly catching up.

      While the Mexican people are to be admired for enduring, Americans should be ashamed with being complicit with their descent into ignorance and brutality–we know better.

      An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Happygirl

    When the Canadian dollar was close to the U.S. dollar many would head to the States (weekends were popular too) for cheap gas, clothes, electronics, alcohol, etcetera…then head home without declaring the goods purchased. Some people even sold their goodies when they got home. Everyone knew what was going on and occasionally the Canadian border guards would do a crackdown. What’s the difference? I don’t know anyone who hasn’t tried to get away without paying taxes on something. Human nature…We are all criminals.

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