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Jan 11, 2017

B.T.V. to Hit National Assembly on Friday in Protest of Referendum Act Amendments

The Belize Territorial Volunteers and their political allies, the Belize Progressive Party, sent out separate releases condemning Government’s efforts to pass an amendment to the Referendum Act, proposing to reduce the threshold of validity of a referendum from sixty percent of the electorate to fifty percent plus one. The B.P.P. says that this is “demonstrative of the failed P.U.D.P. “Four-A Policy” of: appeasement, acquiescence, accommodation and adherence to the demands of Guatemala, which is undoubtedly intent on validating their unfounded claim to our sovereign territory, via the medium of going to the I.C.J.” The B.T.V. goes even further, planning to attend the National Assembly on Friday to protest, “the very unsatisfactory manner in which the government is handling or mishandling the Sarstoon issue and the unfounded Guatemala claim to Belize.” B.T.V. Leader and B.P.P. Deputy Political Leader Wil Maheia elaborated on their opposition when speaking with News Five via telephone this afternoon.

 

On the Phone: Wil Maheia, Leader, Belize Territorial Volunteers

“I think it is very important for Belizeans to oppose this change in the Referendum Act, because as you know, the main reason for changing the Referendum Act is to appease Guatemala. And with all the disrespect that Guatemala has been doing to Belize – occupying our side of the Sarstoon, continuing with all their intrusions – they have totally disrespected Belize. I believe that we have to let this Government know that we Belizeans are tired of Guatemalans bullying us, and now they want us to change our Referendum Act, and we need to take a stand and that is the stand that we are taking.  What they are doing, they are just trying to ram it down our throats, without a town meeting, no village meeting, no kind of community meeting, no kind of meeting with any organization to discuss all of this. So again, this is another way where this Government is just trying to ram things down our throat.”

 

The B.T.V. will have buses leaving the Punta Gorda and Stann Creek area on Friday morning. Those wishing to attend from the Belize District may contact leader of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, Geovannie Brackett; from the Northern Territorial Volunteers, contact Orlando de la Fuente.

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