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Ministry of Culture Comments on Robbery of Tourists

Yesterday we told you of the traumatic experience had by six German and American tourists who came off a cruise ship and were on a trip to the Altun Ha Maya Temple in the Belize District.  They were approached by two armed men and stripped of their assets.  Today, the Ministry of Culture commented on the incident, saying that there was adequate police and security presence at the site.  The release refers to this incident as a crime of opportunity that, quote, “presented itself when the group visited a somewhat isolated section of the site. The criminals who had entered through the bushes in the back seized the opportunity to commit their robbery. There was adequate police and security presence at the Archaeological Site. Therefore, a quick police response resulted in the detention of several suspects who are residents of nearby villages. An extensive investigation is being carried out.”  End of quote.  The release continued by saying, quote, “The Ministry is thankful that no one was injured in the incident and that there was no loss of life. We assure the general public, and tourists alike, that the safety of visitors to all archaeological sites is paramount.  The Ministry, through NICH, will continue to work closely with the police, other security personnel, the tourism sector, and local communities to protect the safety and security of all visitors to sites across the country.”  End of quote.