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Jun 1, 2011

Homes destroyed and squatters removed from crown land

At the top of the news, we showed you the confrontation between the security forces and squatters who were supported by Belizeans for Justice, COLA and others. The plight of the squatters started back in March; due to their quest for land they settled in the Fabers Road Extension area that will eventually link with Chetumal Street. Today, they lost their houses and belongings and remain caught up in the vicious cycle of poverty. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has that side of the story.

Rosalia Molina, Evicted Squatter

Rosalia Molina

“She ahs no where to go and the only place she has right now si to go sleep on the streets with her three children.”

Forty-four year old Rosalia Molina and her three children are tonight homeless following an early morning operation that saw several houses along Fabers Road Extension being dismantled.  A total of seventy-five persons are said to have been displaced in the wake of the demolition.

As we’ve mentioned before, for residents on the other side of the soon-to-be-built Chetumal Street Bridge the situation revolves around socioeconomics.  Along Chetumal Street today the police substation was noticeably closed.  On its door is a sign questioning its shutting down.

Albert Vaughn, Resident, Belama Phase 2

“They posted two policemen there, but these policemen don’t patrol as far as I see. They sit there and are present. You know what happen. They reduced from two to one. That’s when somebody went in there to stole the policeman weapon and the policeman got shot himself—thank god he is alive today. But people are concerned because one policeman and thieves all over the place. They come from across the river, they come by road and that’s why we are so concerned about this bridge. Not that we don’t want development but if we can’t have police presence here, man please. So we are really, really concerned.”

A week ago a cab driver, also from across the Belize River in the Lake Independence area was brutally murdered in the Belama Phase One neighborhood.

Albert Vaughn

“The taxi man who go around Phase One. People are not sleeping well. People are concerned. Sunday night I understand that there was another incident where the taxi man got shot where a young lady vehicle was fired upon. People are really, really concerned. And so this morning as I say, residents decided to put a poster on the police man door. Why is this police place locked up? Why are we not getting the police patrol like we once had before? We are really scared. Belama is a nice place as you see.”

The building of the bridge will connect both the north and south sides of Belize City.  Along the stretch of road a sporting complex will be built as well as a bus terminal and other public buildings.  But the development however, is coming at the expense of the squatters who can’t acquire a piece of land in the city. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

At news time tonight, the squatters are still looking for a roof over their heads.

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20 Responses for “Homes destroyed and squatters removed from crown land”

  1. Truth says:

    Nothing is stable in Belize, what in the world is the PM doing, riot, and alot of chaos will happen soon…they pushing people to the edge, make things happen for the people, work with them not against them, they forget they people but them in power, listen to their concerns and trust me alot is there, make the country beeter listen to real Belizeans, Listen to their concerns.

  2. Lucas says:

    Sad, very sad but squatting must stop.

  3. Lindsay Howard says:

    If they want to make the squatting stop, then give these people a way to acquire land legally – that might mean that some of the cronies of the politricians might not get as much, but hey, the world is a hard place.

  4. disappointed belizean says:

    Squatting would stop if the government wasn’t so !*ing hard to help the people. If they would start giving them a piece of land but instead they take everything for themselves. They only think of themselves! Never has the government sat down and listen to the people, try to help the people! The people were the ones who put you in power don’t forget that! the government has only taken from the people and has never given back. This government has done it for Belize!!!

  5. Justice says:

    Squatters have no rights! All the same forget that bridge. Why open a path for evil to penetrate?

  6. From the West says:

    The squatters had ample warning. Stop whining and behave like adults. Most of the social ills in Belize are because most Belizeans are dependents. Poloticians and missionaries are to blame for our dependant society

  7. MACAL RIVERA says:

    IT IS THE PUP PUSHING PEOPLE TO THE EDGE, THESE POLITICIANS WOULD OD ANYTHING TO
    GET BACK IN POWER SO THEY USE POOR PEOPLE TO DO THEIR NASTY DEED, ONCE THEY ARE IN OFFICE THEY FORGET THE POOR THAT PUT THEM THERE.
    THESE IMMIGRANTS WERE WARN FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THEY WERE NOT SUPPOSE TO SQUAT IN THE LAND.

    THIS A A POLITICAL AGENDA FROM THE OPPOSITION, BUT I AM TELLING YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID , WERE JUST SIT BACK AND WATCH THOSE FOR POWER AT WORK, I REALLY I GET MY KICKS OUT OF IT.
    I WONDER IF ANY BELIZEAN CAN GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND DO WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING IN OUR BELIZE???????

  8. Outraged says:

    OPEN THE POLICE STATION MR MINISTER, put the police on the streets in the neighborhoods to work. oh I forgot, you wanted them in tights in the gym first! this crowd is clueless!!! call elections now.

  9. LARGE AND SEXY says:

    IT IS UNUSUAL TO SEE THIS THING LIKE THIS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY, OBVIOUSLY THESE ALIENS BRING THEIR CULTURE IN OUR COUNTRY, ONLY IN THE GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, ALL OTHER REPUBLIC YOU SEE SMALL CHILDREN BEING USE TO DEMONSTRATE AND BE VIOLENT, I AM CONCERN ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THESE THIS IS NOT AN EXAMPLE FOR THEM, IT SEEMS THAT THESE PARENTS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO GET THINGS BY FORCE, AND IT SHOULD NOT BE LIKE THIS.
    I AM SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPEN BUT THESE ALIENS MUST ABIDE BY THE LAWS OF OUR COUNTRY.

  10. Chance says:

    Build a bridge all the way from the city limits of Belize City to alleviate the traffic on the Northern Highway. The city limits is in Ladyville and the bridge must go somewhere around the airport junction across the river. End of problem for the probability of crime for the Belama residents and the western highway on the other side will be so far away from Belize City that no one will want to squat there. End of story.

  11. carlos says:

    We should teach our children to stand up for their rights but in a correct way. If the squatters had their children is because the government has already broken their house fool.

  12. LARGE AND SEXY says:

    CARLOS YOU ARE A BIG @$$!@#$, BWAY, THESE ALIENS GOT ENOUGH WARNING, THEY STILL OVER STEP THEM BOUNDS, THEY GOT WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR.
    IF I WOULD BE THE PRIME MINISTER I SEND THEM @$$ BACK WHERE THEY COME FROM, BACK DAH GUATE, OK!!!!!!

  13. LARGE AND SEXY says:

    BY THE WAY CARLOS I AM A PROUD BLACK WOMAN WITH MY AFRO AND I WOULD NEVER WANT GO SQUAT AT ANY LAND IN GUATE OK.
    BORN AND RAISE IN BELIZE FULL BREED BELIZEAN WITH MY CREOLE TONGUE OK

  14. sunflower says:

    It’s no time to look at each others point of view AND do nothing than just quarrel bout it. Our country needs action and now. Let’s face it, all governments in power do is full pockets, get rich, live off d poor and to hell with the rest. We need to stop this NOW!!!!!!!!!! we must be united and take a stand as Belizeans. It doesn’t matter who d squatters are, point is we must unite against injustice!!!! If those ppl were there its d government dat alllowed it to happen.

  15. L.C. says:

    Sometimes censorship is a good thing, as would be the case in this thread.

  16. L.C. says:

    Sunflower: How is it an ‘injustice’ if the people are there illegally? It IS a sad situation, and it IS a cruel cycle of poverty, but you can’t blame the government and the police for doing what they need to do to uphold the law. How would YOU like it if you built a nice house on your land, and had to be called away out of the country for a month, and when you came back, someone had the gall to move into your house, use your dishes, watch your TV, etc, etc… ? Its the same issue, on a grander scale. There is a process to everything, and trying to circumvent the process will get you tangled.

    It might sound cruel, but its just the truth. And as I said before, its a terrible cycle, but can you blame the government and police?

  17. Elgin Martinez says:

    What happend to the thousand acres of land that has been sold to all these Foreigners that are living in Placencia and La Isla Bonita without proper documentations.?What is so special about this area that the authorities had to destroy these people’s home without providing a place for them to live?Where are the people from the Human rights dept?Where are the churches to condemn this inhumane act on our Belizean people?Provisions should have been made to accomodate these people.Now these idiots are refering to this specific area as Crown Land so as to justify their actions.

  18. Earl Grey says:

    WE HAVE ENOUGH SLUMS (don’t need another)……… and THE LAW…………… is THE LAW.

  19. Fairman says:

    “Justice” sounds like he/she is in heaven. Why worry about what is happening on earth?
    We who are still here on earth have a lot of problems to deal with and we will one day have to get violent to correct the problems because stupid politicians don’t listen to peaceful advice and requests.

  20. BZNinCALI says:

    @sunflower, as someone who grew up poor in Belize City whose mother pushed until she got her lot & we finally had our own yard next to the dump, I understand your sentiments even though I disagree. It is always painful to watch children suffer but as a landowner who have had to fight the neighbor from hell or more accurately a blond mail order bride from Asia who objected to having black neighbors, I have no tolerance for this BS. I live in California & have come home & too often encounter people who will do things they dare not do in their own countries. We need to hire an Urban Design Architect who will design with everyone’s safety in mind.

    We no longer apply the death penalty for fear of offending our European benefactors, we accept their money & allow our people to be used as guinea pigs in this social experiment, it is time to take some of the money & use it to build safe affordable homes for our people. I believe there are Rastra & EPS plants in Mexico & some of the EU countries that are helping us. Just $1,000,000.00US in building supplies & some sweat equity, we can build at least 100 decent homes.& by setting the tone, it will be easier to get people to conform. We need two & three story attached, multi-use homes with individual fenced backyards with adequate drainage. Stop building those ridiculous overpriced boxes with stairs that have no rails, doors that open out & windows without screens. Mosquitoes feed on Po folks blood too.

    I am more concerned about Mr. Vaughn’s assumptions. The unmanned Police Station is a problem & so was last week’s murder but I have a bigger problem with the fact that his neighbors were so busy being scared & minding their own business that they waited hours before calling the police.

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