BELIZE: Unidentified individuals vandalize local journalist’s car

SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
Posted December 18, 2007

Evan Hyde, Amandala, Krem TV, Krem Radio

Unidentified individuals vandalized a car owned by Hyde, host of news programs on Belize City-based TV Krem and Radio Krem and contributor to the local biweekly publication Amandala, outside his home in Belize City on September 28. According to reports in the local press, Hyde also found two explosive devices inside the vehicle.

Hyde heard gunshots outside his home at 2:30 a.m., but when he didn’t find anything out of the ordinary in the surroundings, he didn’t call the police, Amandala reported. When the journalist walked out of his house the next morning, he found the windows of his car, a Toyota Tacoma that was parked outside his property, had been smashed. Hyde told local reporters that he found two homemade bombs on the passenger’s seat.

The journalist called the police, who confirmed to the local press that there had been an attempt to light one of the explosive devices. According to news reports, police are investigating the incident but have not made any arrests yet.

Hyde, commonly known as Mose, told Channel 5 Belize that he believes the attack was a reprisal against TV and Radio Krem. However, the journalist did not give more specifics.