Highlights — 26 October 2016 — by Micah Goodin
Speaker Peyrefitte apologizes to UNIBAM’s Orozco

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 24, 2016–“If you can take a six inch **** in your *** then you can take this song in your soul,” was posted from the Facebook account belonging to House Speaker, Michael Peyrefitte, on Saturday.

The song to which he referred is Buju Banton’s controversial, “Boom Bye Bye,” which calls for the murder of homosexuals.

Caleb Orozco, Executive Director of the United Belize Advocacy Movement, immediately responded to Peyrefitte’s post via Facebook.

“Boom Bye Bye is not a damn song to relax to, it is a song to amplify violence,” he said.

He added, “I demand a public apology from the Speaker of the House for his irresponsible language against our community. Free speech is only free if it can be proven it does not cause harm. If the Office of the PM and Cabinet is not prepared to defend its LGBT citizens, its SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE has no right to amplify hate and violence in this already difficult environment and reduce his title to a trash heap.”

Peyrefitte was the subject of massive backlash on Facebook.

At around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Peyrefitte personally telephoned Orozco, apologizing and claiming that his Facebook account had been hacked as many as three times.

“I was called by the Speaker a few minutes ago and he shared that his account was hacked. I will respect, always, a man, who calls me to say what up and offer him in good faith the benefit of the doubt,” read Orozco’s Facebook update following the incident.

(Ed. NOTE: After the story was published, Speaker Peyrefitte called us to say that he did not apologize to Orosco because he had not written anything of that nature. He told us that he had only called Orosco to explain that his Facebook account had been hacked.)

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