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Jun 2, 2011

COLA V.P. served with notice of possible protest prosecution

Belizeans for Justice’s, Yolanda Schakron, was not the only person on the Belcan Bridge who was informed about an arrest. The cops sent out letters to several activists about their conduct on the Bridge. Late this evening Giovanni Brackett received his letter. His case is somewhat peculiar as he wears many hats. Brackett serves as the Vice President of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA); he is the Chairman of the Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage, and he’s a cameraman and a reporter for Belmopan’s Plus TV. Brackett says he is gravely concerned because he says that he was not a protestor and that he was wearing his hat as a journalist and cameraman. This evening he spoke about the letter from the police.

Giovanni Brackett, V.P. of COLA

“The letter is signed by ACP Mister Elodio Aragon for the Commission of Police, Officer Commanding the Eastern Division. This letter, I was made to believe, was delivered to several members like Yolanda Schakron, Moses Sulph and others I think who the police believe to have been the heads of some of the organizations that they believing to have led the protest you saw yesterday on the Belcan Bridge. But what is very so humorous this letter sent to me one that it says, the police officers including myself requested that you—and he is talking to me, Giovanni Brackett—to remove yourself off the bridge so to free up the traffic flow. However instead of doing so you resisted and began behaving disorderly which constitutes a crime. The Laws of Belize and the criminal code and it gets to read that. What it is saying is it is accusing me of being a participant within a protest. Yesterday I was a journalist covering a protest. I am also yes the vice president for COLA, but how could I be blocking traffic when I am covering the story of a protest? It has no grounds.”

Jose Sanchez

“But how can the police know which hat you are wearing? You are the coalition, you’re COLA, you’re a journalist. How can they know? They see you on the bridge and you made some comments.”

Giovanni Brackett

“Yes I did give an interview, but like everyone else, there’s a freedom of speech. I morally supported the squatters, but I wasn’t blocking the bridge. I morally supported the Belizeans for Justice, I support COLA and it stands against injustice, but in no way was I blocking the bridge. I was there with my camera, I was there with my microphone and I’m trying to do both a journalist job and the cameraman job., So this letter serves no grounds and I’ll be speaking with my attorney to answer back Mister Aragon.”

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7 Responses for “COLA V.P. served with notice of possible protest prosecution”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    We no longer have crime in the streets, the courts have convicted all the accused murderers & to keep the Policemen busy, they are finding work for idle hands. Come on B.Q., weren’t you supposed to help Cheryl Lynn streamline the process & make it more efficient.? Stop wasting time, if people see murderers going to jail for breaking the law, more people would follow them.

  2. EMS says:

    Solidarity the way to freedom. Unity of Intentions!!!!!Belizeans!!!!!Rise-Up Get rid of this incompetent bunch of buffoons, so called gob. It is time for Barrow to go!!!! Rally around the cause Belizeans-Rise up Belizeans!!!Solidarity is the way to go. Wheel the barrow out, in a wheelbarrow. Remeber the Prison is not large enough to hold all of you. Solidarity!!!Unity of intentions!!!!!

  3. Coralblack says:

    Welcome to the (Police State) Belize, formerly known as British Honduras. Where to speak
    for Justice is Unlawful, and against your Common law Rights. To speak against corrupt government
    officials will earn you a life sentence of (Blacklisting). YHWH Hahkamyah

  4. LARGE AND SEXY says:


  5. Roy Yates says:

    The Priminister has set the stage in many ways for all of this unrest in the country, by his rambouncious behavour in the Assembly, now we see a society totally out of control with one irrational behavour to the next. His Minister of transport blatantly shut down bus operator and gave permit to one of their own and expected the existing operators to take it sitting down, because they have the power to call in the hit squads. Theose that head’s the hit squad must bear in mind that soon their boss will be gone, then what will they do?

    With regards to land in the country, the government should tell the people the truth, that the vast majority of land in the country are own by foreign landlords, such as folks in Tiawan. and many others that was fronted by the late Ford Young. There is little or no land in Belize that the government can give to the citizens. Forget it folks, there is no land to be had from government, you can only get it if you can buy it a current land owners.

  6. Mark says:

    Good job Yolanda, only your riffle missing. Let’s show the dean barrow that we belizean can do it. This is the worst and corrupted government I ever seen. 5years is almost over yolanda continue to fight for the poor belizean

  7. Elgin Martinez says:

    What happen to Freedom of Speech,Freedom of the Press and the rights of the Belizean people to demonstrate?This Pm really needs to stop acting like Mubarrowak.

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