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Accused Kaka Street Gang Members Speak Out

Earlier this month we told you about the Kaka Street gang in Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk. Pictures of a group of young men displaying blue rags, gang signs, and what appeared to be firearms were sent to the media. After the story aired, the Gang Intelligence, Investigation, and Interdiction Unit (GI3) paid the young men a visit. But, none of them have been charged for being a member of a gang and they say it is because they are no gang bangers.
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Are you part of the Kaka Street Gang?

Minor Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident: They say we have gangs about. We don’t have any gangs right here. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News:  How about those pictures with blue rag, blue thing covering you all and with supposed guns?

Minor Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident:  We don’t have any guns. That is only pictures like friends. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News:  Because the thing is, there’s some sort of gang right here at Guinea Grass. 

Minor Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident:  I don’t know if you didn’t hear about gangs right here like if we are killing people. We aren’t killing people. We just fight. They find fight and we just end up winning the fight. They say we are a gang but we’re not a gang. We’re just a bunch of friends. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: You all play football as well?

Minor Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident:  Yeah we play football. All of us play football. They are saying that we have a gang but we don’t have any gangs right here at the village. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: So when you hear the news that they have a Kaka Street Gang right here at Guinea Grass, what went through your mind? What were you thinking about? 

Minor Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident:  They said that they would come pick us up. I told them, well let them come then. I stayed right out there outside of my house because we are not in any gang and none of those police have charged me as yet for gun o for murder. I don’t have any charge for murder, only for fight, fight. But none about gun nothing. 

Nelson Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident: I don’t know where this Kaka Street Gang came from. I know in this area, all the people call them Kaka Street but no gangs are in this area right here. This Chairman, I don’t know where he came out with this thing that right here is a gang. A gang is somebody who kills and sells drugs. How many times have I not heard about murder that happened through here? No gangs right here in this area. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Well what about those pictures though? With blue shirts, blue rags, with the supposed guns?

Nelson Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident: Those pictures, those are not from this area. That was from like six, seven years ago. Yeah I remember that picture because I was there in that picture too. That’s why I went to the station and I asked them why my picture was circling about? I didn’t know anything about that fight right there that happened in Guinea Grass that day so. That day we just went by the river and then we went by friends you know and then we took a picture but I didn’t think that those guys would put it on Facebook. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: A long time ago, no?

Nelson Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident: A long time ago, like six years ago. You can check it on Facebook too if you want.

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News:  As far as you know, nobody from this area has been charged with being a member of a gang?

Nelson Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident: Nobody this area has been changed. Yeah they went to jail but about fighting and so. No gang lives in this area. I don’t know why this Chairman came up with this gang thing or I don’t know. That’s why I want to make it clear that this thing, because everybody  is at Belize. How did the police come right here and they hurt this boy right here? Nowadays, those police, they don’t have any respect with the humans. They want to come and beat you and kick you and you know, you understand? That’s why I don’t know why this Chairman came out with this ganga thing. Right here in this area, no gangs are out here.

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Are you part of any Kaka Street Gang?

Rygel Carillo, Guinea Grass, Resident : No man no gang. Right here is constantly jamming up. We chop cane, everything you know? 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: You work?

Rygel Carillo, Guinea Grass, Resident: Yes man. Yes man. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News:  So you work?

Rygel Carillo, Guinea Grass, Resident: Yes, I don’t steal anything. If they tease those guys. I dont gangbang. We are not gang bangers. Nobody bangs.Only families living right here back there. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News:  So what about those pictures that were on Facebook about a bunch of you all wearing blue rags and guns and things like that?

Rygel Carillo, Guinea Grass, Resident:  Not guns. No man. I like the picture, I like the colour. No gangs, it’s everything I like. I was never in any gang. 

Darwin Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident: I am not any part of any Kaka Street Gang because right here on Kaka street does not have any gang. We are just friends and football players. We just hang out and we just chill out like normal people. We are not any part of a gang. If we were a part of a gang we would have come out and beat people just like that. That thing won’t go like that. 

Resident:  Well the Chairman, he is talking lone simple things. The Chairman from Guinea Grass we will come out and vote for UDP right now. We will not vote for PUP again. The Chairman from Guinea Grass is just talking simpleness. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: How about those pictures on Facebook with you all covering up your faces and all kinds of things?

Darwin Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident:  That is not guns. Those are only pellets. We were just hanging out and just talking. We just slowly took those pictures. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Okay. Police are just coming to say that you are all real gang members and things like that?

Darwin Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident:  We already had an interview with GI13 for gang and everything but they didn’t find anything about gangs. We are just relatives, friends and play football and hang out. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News:  So none of you ever got charged with being a member of a gang?

Darwin Betancourt, Guinea Grass Resident: : Yeah we never got changed with being part of a gang.