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Dec 31, 1999

U.D.P. protests government’s plans to build on BelChina land

While all is quiet tonight on the political front it appears that the first working day of the New Year will feature some fireworks of a partisan nature. Minister of Housing Dickie Bradley told News Five that construction will begin on Monday on land near the BelChina Bridge, land that was given to the United Democratic Party by the last U.D.P. government. Bradley says that the grant under which the land was transferred to the U.D.P. by Minister of Natural Resources Dito Juan was illegal since it was done under old law which did not exist at the time. As such, according to Bradley, the land, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, reverts to government. For its part the U.D.P. has issued a press release condemning the plan to take the land, upon which the party headquarters sits, and says that the abuse of power will eventually be reversed by the courts. In anticipation of that event the U.D.P. is serving notice that anyone who occupies a structure built on the land does so at their peril. Bradley, who intends to build eight substantial two-storey houses on the land, says that in the remote event that the courts do uphold the U.D.P.’s claim, government will simply acquire the land in question so the new occupants need not worry.

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