Around midday today, leader of the Belize People’s Front (BPF), Nancy Marin, received a disturbing phone call informing her that someone wants her dead. According to Marin the caller told her that she would be the first politician to be murdered because she is attempting to sell out Belize to Guatemala. Marin went on to say that she was told by the caller that one Dr Espat has been the informant on her plans to sell Belize. Marin says she has made an official police report. She says she believes the threat stems from her defending Elida Escobar, who has Guatemalan heritage and who recently joined her third party.
Nancy Marin, Belize Popular Front, Party Leader: “We did see some posts from Dr.Espat claiming that I have Guatemalan heritage or I’m Guatemalan and that’s why I’m supposed to be taken up for the young lady that was being bullied online yesterday, our Standard Bearer for Cayo Central who does have Guatemalan heritage and I believe that it’s from there Dr.Espat is very upset with me because he once was one of our candidates. He threatened to send in his resignation and then I asked him to do so, we accepted his resignation because we didn’t want to support things that he was posting on Facebook and he didn’t believe that we should tell him what to do and he didn’t want to understand so we thought it was best if we part ways we didn’t realize it was going to come to this – In my heart I do consider him a friend. I’ve done service to this country that I don’t think that a lot of people realize. I did serve in the Belize Defence Force as a volunteer soldier back in ’93 to ’95 when I left Belize. I’ve given service as a Special Constable under Mr.Williams the present COMPOL here in San Ignacio, I’ve served on various NGOs’ I would be the last person that anybody should accuse of selling out Belize I mean I’m the person that planted the flag at the Sarstoon for God’s sake you know and it actually does hurt when people post things like that because we have no control where our parents and grand parents came from but we’ve all worked to build Belize.”
According to Marin the call came from a number 666-6666. Marin said while she is not afraid of the threat, she will ensure that she and her family are kept safe. She added that she will not tolerate bullying of women in politics.