Garifuna tour guide suspended, says she was harrassed over ethnicity

Freelance tour guide and vendor Ann-Marie Arana, who lives near and works at the Altun Ha Archaeological Reserve, says she has been harassed for many years by a former lover, who now believes she has been doing well in her business at his expense. But when it escalated into a fight at the site two weeks ago, it was Arana, originally of Punta Gorda Town, who landed in trouble with the Institute of Archaeology, which suspended her and her sister Eleanor for two weeks. Arana says she made complaints to police officers stationed in Maskall and tried to get an audience with Officer Commanding Eastern Division (Rural), Assistant Commissioner Edward Broaster; however no action was taken. Even before the fight, Arana says she was repeatedly insulted about her Garifuna heritage by her tormentors and accused of using “obeah” to succeed in her business – a charge she vehemently denies. But she maintains that she has never been in trouble with the law or with the Belize Tourism Board, which has charge of tour guides, until this incident. Arana intends to seek legal advice to stop the harassment and recover the goods she lost during the fightvlcsnap-2016-06-06-09h28m28s653 vlcsnap-2016-06-06-09h28m33s972

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