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Apr 9, 2015

Lake I Families Face Eviction

At this time, thirteen families are facing eviction from a privately owned property adjacent to landfill on the Lake Independence Boulevard. These families had been evicted twice before and the property was sold to a Chinese businessman three years ago. The businessman has requested them to get off the property by April fifteenth or face court action. But the families have nowhere to go and are appealing to area rep., Mark King, to relocate them. This is the same area where squatting issues are incessant. Late this evening, one of the families spoke to News Five about what is taking place.

 

Rosa Espinall, Squatter

“What is currently taking place…like three weeks ago; a representative from Mister Ya Wen Li came and told us that we have to move because we are on private property. Most of us were living here about eight to ten years. We didn’t know that it was private suddenly because it is not the first time that they moved us. The same government that is in told us to come back cause this is the third time and most of us are the same persons. So since they done landfill and they done do everything over this side now they are going over the other side. But now what he want is that; he has six acres that is for him and he said that the government already got two acres and he is not willing to lose no more. So what he is offering us—the Chinese man that is—a thousand dollars and for us to move without court action. If we do not move by the fifteen of this month, if we do not go and get the money by the fifteen of this month, that means the rest will be court action. And we do not want that. All that we are asking, like how we spoke to our area rep., Mark King, and he told us that he was going to relocate us. We reached him, he told us yes, he was going to and up to now, two weeks have passed and we haven’t heard anything. We go to the office, we do whatever to communicate with him and we can’t reach him. So we are reaching with him through this and see if maybe he can see it and help us in a way. If you can see here, there are kids and most of us; actually all of us are Belizeans. We are just fighting for a piece of land. We are not arguing with the government. We just calmly and peacefully making him know that we really need his help and we want him to do what he’s promised.”

 

Rosa Espinall

Isani Cayetano

“If next Wednesday comes and you guys can’t come up with the thousand dollars as is being requested of you, what happens? I know you mentioned court action, but does that then mean that your homes will be dismantled?”

 

Rosa Espinall

“Well we do not know; it is up to the Chinese man cause he is the owner. So what will we do with one thousand dollars? Nothing, right. On my behalf, all that I want is my piece of land; I do not want a thousand dollars cause what will I do. So that’s all we are asking, a piece of land. Make the government try and assist us in any way they could.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now you made an appeal initially to your area representative and he promised that he would come to your assistance—either by relocating you or some other means. What has the last attempt been like in terms of trying to get through to him?”

 

Rosa Espinall

“None of it. We can’t reach him. I text him, I try as much as I could, we just can’t reach him. So we just ask him to see if he can see this and maybe answer.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now as you mentioned earlier, you were initially squatting on crown land, government property, and you were removed on several occasions…”

 

Rosa Espinall

“Most of us have been removed two times already and they told us to move back right. And it was a surprise that all of a sudden they say that this is a private land. Now we see a title because we know it has an owner from three years ago when they bought it. But what we are asking is that they relocate us; that’s all. As he told us, he was going to try to relocate us, but up to now we haven’t heard anything.”

 

We’ll continue to follow this developing story in Friday’s newscast. 

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3 Responses for “Lake I Families Face Eviction”

  1. run tax says:

    W_T_F = and I’m not saying Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. If you don’t own the land…. LEAVE!

  2. True Bealizean says:

    Yes. They are guats living like Bealizeans and true bealizeans can’t get a piece of land.

  3. Belizean @Heart says:

    SOME CORRUPTED POLITICIAN MUST HAVE sold the land to the chinese man to make money and buy their votes and put him in power and now..he has washed his hands…so sad how politrics is in Belize,corrupted dean barrow and his government can do as they wish with OUR lands that belong to us Belizeans and we can’t have a lee piece of our Belize paradise.what a shame on this government also its how the PUDP operate,pup is just waiting its turn to continue to suk our Belizeans like vampires and dean barrow the same SH!#.

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