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Jun 7, 2011

A protest for all causes and the squatters

It was not one of the biggest protests, but COLA and Belizeans for Justice stepped up pressure on the government today on a wide gamut of issues from the recent eviction of squatters to the expulsion of Marcel Cardona and the troubles in the transportation industry. The protesters did the talk and walked the walk for about two hours in downtown Belize City.  Unlike last Wednesday’s protest, the crowd today was better organized and the police was less restrictive. News Five’s Jose Sanchez found the militant Moses Sulph and Yolanda Schakron, at the frontlines of their sustained protest.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Fresh from their impromptu strike on Bel China Bridge, Belizeans for Justice and COLA received a permit to demonstrate their displeasure with the government’s handling of the Chetumal Street squatters. The crowd gathered at Constitution Park at nine a.m.

Moses Sulph

Moses Sulph, President, COLA

“The purpose of this protest is basically to highlight that persons were displaced because their houses were torn down. And we want to highlight that we are calling on the government to relocate these people somewhere where they can start their lives again and get back to their regular lives. So this protest is not to say squatting is illegal or legal; we are saying that what was done was wrong—the way their houses were torn down—and we are saying now we are asking for you to relocate them. Give these people an alternative where they can build back their houses whole you assist them in surveying that area and cutting out that area.”

Yolanda Schakron

Yolanda Schakron, Belizeans for Justice

“Belizeans for Justice formed because of the crime situation, but we are here because of the bus situation, with the people who are unemployed, with the people who were taken off the land (the squatters). We are not advocating for illegal things, but what we are saying is it’s the way these people were taken off the land was wrong. They were violated, their human rights were violated and we are standing in solidarity with every injustice that is being committed in our country.”

It was a protest for all causes as many disenfranchised persons showed up. Family and friends of Mark and Gary Seawell who are facing extradition to the United States, protested the Justice system.

Ervin Seawell, Protesting for Detained Sons

“They no di get justice in the court. Justice fail we as far as I say. I heard that the Prime Minister done sign out our boys from long time. I just want the country know that dah we today, but one by one all ah we di suffer.”

Floyd Davis

Floyd Davis, Protesting for Detained Seawell Brothers

“What Mister Seawell is saying is that all he is asking for is for the government to give Mark and Gary Seawell due process which every Belizean born have a right to. They noh di ask for no hands out or nothing. We want the system work for Mark and Gary just like how the system work for Rhett and other people. Four and a half years under the Belize constitution, the only persons who are not entitled to bail is an accused murdered. Mark and Gary dah noh wah accused murderer ladies and gentlemen and we just need the Belizean fi know that that dah fi we son, dah fi we kid. If they can’t get justice here home dah Belize, when they go dah America, dehn dead.  Guess why? Because I live it; I live it. Dehn dead. That dah thirty years. How can a forty-one year old man spend thirty years over deh?”

Gone but not forgotten, supporters of Orange Walk East Representative Marcel Cardona came to on his behalf.

Hadith Sosa

Hadith Sosa, Protesting for Marcel Cardona’s Upliftment Committee

“We are a uniformed group named the Upliftment Committee, which is under the Honorable Marcel Cardona. It is an independent committee; we are not under any political flags. And we stand here today in solidarity with the many injustices that this government has done to our people. Wherever there is an injustice, we will be out there standing in solidarity. Today we are here because we stand in solidarity with those people whose homes were destroyed here in Belize City. Yes it is something that happened here in Belize City but we are all Belizeans and we feel the pain too. Even way from Orange Walk, we can feel the pain of what people are going through here.”

Even the Belize Bus Association President, Thomas Shaw, drove in to send a message to the Ministry of Transport.

Thomas Shaw

Thomas Shaw, President, Belize Bus Association

“Basically everything coincides from one crisis to another—we have the citrus, we have the sugar industry, you have the bus industry, you have the lands. And what I am out here today for is to give my support and for us to be united. Our meeting today is to get our members united. United we stand; divided we fall. And basically today that is our main objective to get everybody back on board and for us to have a better industry in this country.”

And after singing the National Anthem the protestors left Constitution Park with chants for justice. Though the placards were small, the empathic messages read: “I want justice. I am a single mother with five children and I need a piece of land for my children and I.”

“Mister Boots, you are talking about immigrants? You forget you are an immigrant too? The only Belizeans here are the Mayan people.”

Felipe Martinez

Felipe Martinez, Squatter

“I hope the minister answer about fi we problem because we are hurting, the rain and everything. We want an answer from him. What they are going to do with us because it is the responsibility to look for us.”

Jose Sanchez

“If they can find land elsewhere maybe in the rural part of Belize district, would you be willing to go say to a different community, up the road?”

Felipe Martinez

“Well in the case, it woulda be too strong for us because we have too much buildings. But if he moves the buildings, then I don’t mind if they get another place for us.”

A fixed sign in a yard along the route on Central American Boulevard reads “From Roots to Fruits Only for Boots.” And though it is a land issue, the protestors’ anger is the fruit of Martinez’s comments after the destruction of their Chetumal Street homes. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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43 Responses for “A protest for all causes and the squatters”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    It is not the Ministry’s job to move houses that were built on land these people did not own, If they are entitled to free land, get in line behind everyone else, do what the rest of the Belizeans do, live in cramped quarters until they can do better. How dare these people stand there & split hairs about the way things were done? We cannot pick & choose which laws we will follow based on what is convenient for us at any given time. This lawlessness is killing us.

    …………

  2. Lucas says:

    In the Belize time of last week and under the title BRICENO TO BARROW ” YOU CROSSED THE LINE”, there appears a photo of John consoling a lady, possibly an evicted squatter. The photo prompted my opinion in which I strongly criticized such actions because I felt that John is using the plight of these unfortunate people for political mileage. The PUP has accused Mr. Barrow of not being able to take criticism but this present PUP is no different. The opinion was not PUP friendly so it was withheld and since the topic is still on squatting, here is the opinion and you dear readers be the judge. { When Mr. Barrow was the opposition leader, he lost no opportunity to incite the people against then P.M. Musa. He lay in bed (politically speaking) with NGOs, Unions and you name it. He and the likes of Faber, Boots and Co.; turned the assembly hall more like unto a bar. He succeded in poisoning the mind of the people and we all know the story. Now he is getting a concentrated dose of his own medecine. Having said this, I think that John is no different than Barrow. John was deputy P.M. for ten years and part of that time Minister of Lands. And as such, he should had been identifying land for the poor of the poor. Instead, he was giving our oil at rock bottom price and conspiring with the bra-lees against Mr. Musa. Yes, he has part in this squatters’ problem. And like Barrow then, now John is going to bed(politically speaking) with Matura, Ch’oc, Schakron and you name it. Like Barrow then, now John is seen in all illegal public manifestations. Mr. Price, I hear, donated land he owned in Sand-Hill for the poor. If John really feels the pain of these poor and destitute, he can certainly donate a few acres of the much he has in O.W. Then Mr. Barrow encouraged violating the law, now it seems John encourages squatting and blocking public highways which are against the law. Then Barrow wanted to be P.M. no mata wat. Now John wants to be P.M. no mata wat. TRUTHFULLY, THIS PICTURE IS THE HIGHT OF HIPOCRESY. IT IS TRAFFICKING WITH THE NEEDS OF THE POOR. IT IS USING THE POOR FOR SELFISH POLITICAL GAIN. BARROW’S FALL IS CERTAIN AND SO IS JOHN’S.

  3. Marie says:

    Squatting consists of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building, usually residential,[1] that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have permission to use.n many of the world’s poorer countries, there are extensive slums or shanty towns, typically built on the edges of major cities and consisting almost entirely of self-constructed housing built without the landowner’s permission. While these settlements may, in time, grow to become both legalised and indistinguishable from normal residential neighbourhoods, they start off as squats with minimal basic infrastructure. Thus, there is no sewage system, drinking water must be bought from vendors or carried from a nearby tap, and if there is electricity, it is stolen from a passing cable.

    There is an important distinction to be made between squatting by necessity and squatting as political statement. In this period of global recession and increased housing foreclosures, squatting has become far more prevalent in Western, developed nations.[4] Obviously, in some cases, need-based and politically motivated squatting go hand in hand. According to Dr. Kesia Reeve, who specializes in housing research, “in the context of adverse housing circumstances, limited housing opportunity and frustrated expectations, squatters effectively remove themselves from and defy the norms of traditional channels of housing consumption and tenure power relations, bypassing the ‘rules’ of welfare provision.”[3] In effect, beleaguered citizens living in a welfare state that cannot provide them with adequate resources take action into their own hands and squat.
    1 Deprivation based – ie homeless people squatting for housing need
    2 An alternative housing strategy – eg people unprepared to wait on municipal lists to be housed take direct action (as discussed in the preceding paragraph)
    3 Entrepreneurial – eg people breaking buildings to service the need of a community for cheap bars, clubs etc
    4 Conservational – ie preserving monuments because the authorities have let them decay
    5 Political – eg activists squatting buildings as protests or to mabeke social centres
    .
    if Belizeans want to have shanty towns like Africa and Haiti for example, like three quarters of the Globe, they should be prepared for epidemic bouts of disease and overwhelming situations that are irreparable when faced with the results of having to deal with these types of epidemics. It is waiting to happen. Central American immigrants especially are used to this type of squatting, sitting on someones land for years then expecting it to be theirs. I have seen this happen in Belize before and it is intentional squatting. All those people who are protesting against the government, should have their ownership taken away by squatters, lets see what they say then. Moses Sulp eiher thimks he is Al Sharpton or just wants to have his face on TV. I say he should go look across the globe and really notice what squatters have done to a country’s well being before he opens his big mouth.

  4. Maverick says:

    An organized protest led by an ex GOB employee fired for questionable financial transactions and a media hound in favor of a few illegal squatters, two accused drug dealers, one deposed politician of little note and one disunited bus association . Why can’t we just move away from this nonsense and lets deal as a united country in a positive manner with the bigger issues facing the other 345,990 Belizeans?

  5. Concern Citizen says:

    I am so sick of these PPl already. From the time we were Children we are taught not to take anything that doesn’t belong to you it is called STEALING.. and if you cried for it your parents would give you a spanking these pll deserve a good SPANKING they want to act like spoil Brats then we shld treat them as such. Are you guys serious? Protesting for somthing that never belonged to them in the first place.. I am not a UDP but I dont see what the Government did wrong they knew from the beginging that the land was not theirs and thyat comes wth consiquences. What signals are we sending to our Children that it is ok to take something that dont belong to you and when the owner comes for it you FIGHT for it?????? come on PLL wake up and smell the Coffee

  6. Coralblack says:

    The same one them, uh nuh put ina office,people end up have to confront for them rights.So
    tell me who interest the politician them sever. There’s an old saying that goes.Once biting twice shy,
    but some just cant get. Welcome to the Fleeting Illusion call democracy. YHWH Hahkamyah

  7. Mars says:

    I am not sure that it is the government responsibility to relocate these people. What the government should have done before dismantling the squatters houses is to send immigration department to verify if indeed they are even legal here in Belize. I can understand they are migrated to Belize for a better living, everyone needs to find a way to live, on the other hand, these same people who believe that the government should help them are the same ones that know very well that in their very own country they cannot go squatting because they run the risk that the military would burn up all their belonging. So, dear people their are ways do doing things right.

  8. Mr,Minister says:

    my honest imput in this is we are suffering under this arrogant vindictive corrupted,dictators,victimizers UDP we are tired of this nonsense now squatters buses Cardona and if you dont no BMDC and Montero just took away the permit for a very hard working family the bread and butter how now can they control crime when they are the criminals imagine this family works hard and paying illegal fees to BMDC and now to make it worst big bully Montero took away the permit how he expects this family to survive,does this gov.have heart?if any one dont beleive can call Ms. Cathrine Hob and Lorene Balan and ask if the permit for Patty Segura have been signed bu them no because Montero gave dem instruction not to sign because the family dont want to pay the illegal fees to BMDC

  9. Mr,Minister says:

    you can contact them at the ministry of agriculture fone# 822-2242/822-2241

  10. blvnjah says:

    IAM GLAD TO SEE ALL PARTIES GETTING TOGETHER IN UNISON TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS. LET OUR LEADERS KNOW THAT WE CANT BE DIVIDED AND CONQUERED ANYMORE

    YES, WE ALL HAVE INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS BUT THE COUNTRY ON A WHOLE, THAT WE ALL LIVE IN, IS GOING TO ”HELL IN A HAND BASLKET’ REAL FAST.

    THERE ARE MUCH BIGGER ISSUES AND INJUSTICES GOING ON, THAN THE PERCEIVED OR ACTUAL SINS OF AN INDIVIDUAL.

    BECAUSE IAM A DRUG DEALER, A SQUATTER OR UNHAPPY WITH THE GOV’T. DOES THAT AUTOMATICALLY INVALIDATE THE CONCERNS I MAY RAISE. I DONT THINK SO, SO LETS STOP FIGHTING AND CRITICIZING PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT THERE DOING WHAT WE ALL SHOULD BE DOING. TRUTH BE TOLD WE ALL HAVE ISSUES AND THINGS IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES THAT WE ARE ASHAMED OF.

    STAND TOGETHER MY BELIZEAN BRETHREN AND SISTREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE POWER REALLY IS IN OUR HANDS, NO MATTER WHAT OUR LEADERS BRAINWASH US INTO THINKING

  11. Maverick says:

    When causes are manufactured to feed the ambitions of individuals or a few, that is when our society breaks down. Shakron, Sulph et al must be mad if they think that the majority of Belizeans will support a movement to reward or reimburse a few people that just took public land designated for projects that would benefit the whole community. What about the commuters that are stuck in traffic every morning on the Northern Highway? What about the bus commuters that have to stand in the rain and sun on the road side because we have no proper bus terminal? What about aspiring young athletes and sports fans that will benefit greatly from a proper sporting facility? Until these causes start to focus on the greater good and the bigger picture, they need to shut up.

  12. ang says:

    Pretty much the squatters as adults knew they were settling on private property and chose to place their children in that plight. I have many Belizean born friends who I know personally they would never ‘even consider’ squatting on private property even though they don’t own land. There are many other options. I do not want my tax paid money being used to move houses on gov’t land, I think the majority of Belizeans are with the government although yes it hurt to see to what parents made their children go through what else did they expect if the land was theirs? come on…Majority Belize born people respect each other’s private property (exc for law violators).

  13. DT says:

    What about the threat to our very existance as a nation that’s going on in out national parks close to Guatemala. Vast areas of protected forest are being cleared for agriculture, logging & poaching, and nothing is being done about it. NOTHING!!!

    Is it just a coincidence that some of the cleared forests were cleared for oil exploration? I wonder. In the meantime, watch that border area, as before long there will be so many Guatemalans in Belize, that they will get their way, and Belize will become the northernmost province of Guatemala, without a single shot being fired! Then you can kiss goodby to Tourism, as the forests will be cleared and oil rigs will spring up all over the country and on the reef.

  14. LARGE AND SEXY says:

    THIS IA A POLITICAL AGENDA OK AND AS LONG AS THESE PEOPLE ARE CONNECTED TO ANY PUDP WE KRUFFY BELIZEANS WILL NOT SUPPORT THEM.
    OBVIOUSLY ITS A CHEAP POLITICAL MOVE.
    SHAME ON YOLANDA, MOSES AND THOSE THAT USE THE LESS FORTUNATE FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL CONVENIENCE. SHAME SHAME ON THEM BELIEVE ME JESUS CHRIST SPOKE ABOUT THESE WOLFS IN SHEEP CLOTHING, THEY ARE LIKE TOMBS BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE BUT EVERYTHING INSIDE STINKS AND IS ROTTEN.

  15. CLEANHEART says:

    I AM NOT TRYING TO BELITTLE ANYBODY, NUT I WILL SPEAK THE TRUTH, MR SHAW SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR AGAINST ANOTHER BUS LINE, FIRST OF ALL LET ME SAY THAT ONLY THOSE WHO COMMUTE OFTEN KNOWS THE CHAOS WE HAVE TO ENCOUNTER EVERYDAY.
    SHAW BUS DOES NOT REALLY PROVIDE GOOD SERVICES, MOST OF THE TIME THEY BROKE DOWN ON THE ROAD, WE THE PASSENGERS STAY STRANDED, I WOULD REALLY WANT TO TELL MR SHAW AND OTHER BUS OWNERS THAT THEY KNOW FOR A TRUE FACT THE HALL AND PULLING WE HAVE TO GO TO THROUGH TO GET IN A BUS AT ALL THE TERMINALS.
    LISTEN TO VOICES OF THE PEOPLE WE NEED MORE BUSES ON THE ROAD, OK WE NEED TO HAVE BUSES LEAVING ALL THE TERMINALS EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES. I AM PROUD OF THE BUS SYSTEM IN OTHER COUNTRIES, WELL ORGANIZE, NO HALL AND PULLING, BUY EVERY TEN MINUTES YOU HAVE BUSES COMING AND GOING.
    BELIZE IS GETTING OVER POPULATED AND THERE IS INDEED A DEMAND FOR MORE BUSES OK. I WISH SOME OF THESE BUS OWNERS WOULD FOR A CHANGE TRY RIDE ON PUBLIC BUSES SO THEY FEEL WHAT WE THE PASSENGERS FEEL EVERYDAY.
    I AM ASHAMED OF MR SHAW BEHAVING THE WAY HE DOES KNOWING THAT HIS BUS LINE IS THE WORST IN OUT COUNTRY.

  16. rod says:

    this is what heppens when their is no leadership in the country total chaos occurs and will continue until this useless pm and gov. decide to step down and resign because they are a total failure at their jobs belize has now become a failed state .

  17. belizeanpride says:

    OVERALL THIS MESS I THINK DEAN BARROW NEEDED TO SIT AND THINK BEFORE HE ORDERED THIS EVACUATION. NOW THE PUP WILL TAKE THIS AS AN DVANTAGE OF THIS SITUATION AND FOR ELECTION THIS WILL BE A GREEN LIGHT FOR THE PUP. WHAT DEAN BARROW SHOULD DO IS TO GIVE A PIECE OF LAND TO THIS PEOPLE LEGALLY AND SETTLE THIS PROBLEM. EVERY PERSON LIVING IN THAT EREA NEEDS A PIECE OF LAND REGARLDESS THEIR STATUS.

  18. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    ROD SHUT UP!!! YOU WERE THERE BEFORE AND DIDN’T DO A THING, YOU ARE AN IMPOTENT RAT, SO SHUT UP FOR GOD SAKE!!!

  19. Earl Grey says:

    WHEN THE LEADERS HAVE NO VISION……………..THE PEOPLE WILL PERISH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. ivan cal says:

    this UDP government have NO heart, how them minister in government can TAKE/STEAL FI LANDS IN 1000′S of ACRES,STEAL OUR ISLANDS, and they no get prosecuted but we the poor Belizeans cannot get a piece of what is rightfully ours,it was illegal for the squatters but the WAY it was handled by GOB,MINISTER OF LANDS GASPAR ‘gapi” VEGA,IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE ,no one deserves to be treated as animals,SEE how this UDP government the treat Hon.Marcel Cardona ,ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE,but looks like dean barrow doesn’t care about it, he just care in selling our Barrier reef, our PROTECTED AREAS, to PETROLEUM COMPANIES,SO FOR WHAT DO WE ELECT A GOVERNMENT? TO LEAD OUR country in good faith,NOT to destroy our future…………..things just gets worst and worst under this UDP government,WHERE are the pssibilities our PM barrow promised us to imagine? no hope at all.

  21. ivan cal says:

    dean barrow is a total MESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.NO HOPE AT ALL FOR THIS COUNTRY HE GOOD ONLY FI SELLING OUR BARRIER REEF AND PROTECTED AREAS TO PETROLEUM COMPANIES.

  22. Elgin Martinez says:

    What we as Belizeans need to do is put our Country’s interest before these politicians.Don’t let these thieves divide us.

  23. Concern citizen says:

    Lawless country, gone to the dogs. Money talks and everybody in gov. walks.

  24. Concern citizen says:

    Can a Belizean family, go to Guatemala and squat on some land? Some one, answer this question for me.

  25. rocky says:

    Dam them no need no land I no have one and I am a 37 belizean an you wha tell me give them wha spot at the begining them should squat whe them no belong finall ….
    what is actually happening is the PUPsees the rigth time as this to vendict the government . but Sir Mr. Borrow dont back down teach them a lesson its about time things get staright …..
    LOOK HOW MANY YEAR WE BELIZEAN DI LIVE HERE AN YET WE CANT GET WHA PIECE OF LAND NOW THEM SQUATERS WHA GET ONE JUST LIKE THAT WITHOUT ANY TROUBLE NO!NO! NO!
    THIS DA PUP THING DI RIOT OUT DEH,,,,,,DA LOAN PUP …..MR. BORROW I RESPECT YOU AS A INTELLIGENT MAN …SAY NO. MECK THE PUP BUY LAND FOR THEM IF SO BE THE CASE OR LET THEM GIVE THEM A PIECE OF THEIR YARD ……….BUT NO….

  26. oscar965 says:

    Squatters have (No Rights). The fact that they are or are NOT Belizeans should not make a difference. The UDP did wrong by removing them in such a manner. Now the UDP looks like a party with “no heart”. Meanwhile we have thousands of Belizeans waiting for a piece of land, these squatters should get in line, why should they get a piece of land NOW just because they were taken off someone’s private land. Now way, they should start to rent like thousands of Belizeans do. I have no sympathy for them. In this day and age, everything we do gets recorded digitally and will come out in the evening news eventually.The UDP should have taken this negative situation and turned it into a positive one but as the saying goes “we are judged by our actions” and the actions of late makes the UDP no better than those of the PUP in the past. In the past 15 years, i have yet to see a politician act as if they care for the people who put them up there..

  27. deedee says:

    WHO THE HELL DO THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE???? THEY NEED TO DO LIKE EVERY OTHER BELIZEAN & APPLY FOR A PIECE OF LAND, LET DUE PROCESS TAKE ITS COURSE. I WANT TO ASK SULPH & SCHAKRON…CAN YOU GO TO GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO ETC. AND TAKE UP LAND THAT DOESN’T BELONG TO YOU????????

  28. Fairman says:

    It seems that a bunch of hired UDPs have stormed into this website to support the dictators.

    BZNinCALI, It is wise for the Belizean people to choose which laws to respect and which to reject. The lawyer-politicians in government who make the laws are not always being guided by conscience or by the principles of equity. They make laws to get votes at a particular area at a particular point in time.

    Marie, You were probably born rich so you hate poor people. Everywhere in the world the majority of the population are poor because the rich use the politicians to make laws that enable them to rip off the poor to death. If you don’t want to see how the poor live in situations they can barely afford, then you should give them million-dollar mansions or kill all of them. Which of the above choices you prefer?

    Maverick, The politicians in Belize are well known to victimize and wrongfully destroy the reputation of those who oppose their stupidities – and I can go farther. Mr. Moses Sulph was fired obviously due to his position as a human rights activist because of the timing. For the person you are calling drug dealer, the illegalization of drugs and the failing war on drugs was/is being dictated by the USA. Now, many US law makers have come to realize that their drug war is a waste of time and are now considering legalization of the commodity.

    Concern Citizen, You obviously don’t know a thing about history. God made the land and the sea for all of us. Power-greedy individuals later decided to take control of all the natural resources for wealth. The result now is that many people are being deprived and children are dying of hunger. You are morally incorrect to tell the people that the land does not belong to them. When you say that the land belongs to the government and not the people, you are giving absolute authority to a bunch of politicians. What good are these politicians doing with the land apart from selling it all to the rich and leaving the majority of us homeless?

    Rocky, So you are saying that you don’t have a piece of land and you like Dean Barrow for not giving you a piece of land. At the same time you want everybody to be landless like you. You remind me of the story of the little dog barking at the horse to stop the horse from eating the hay.

    Poor heads among us encourages more political crimes, victimizations, dishonesty, and all other forms of worthlessness. I am glad for those who are intelligent and courageous to stand up for the good of all human races. You will get my unlimited support when it becomes necessary.

  29. Elgin Martinez says:

    What i would hope is that we put all this energy that we’re putting into this issue to combat the crime situation in the Jewel.Why are more Belizeans interested in this land issue than the crime situation?is it because the mastermind of this inhumane act was the GOB?Let’s stop wasting time on this issue.It’s just a premeditated act by the GOB to distract the people of Belize from the real issues.What they are trying to do is divide us more than we already are.Can’t you all figure that out?.

  30. Elgin Martinez says:

    deedee: I do agree with your statement.However we’ve got to realize that it’s our government that let these people into our country.Furthermore most of these people have kids who were born in the Jewel as a result these kids are entitle to thesame rights as you and i.What are we going to do with these innocent kids send them to a country that they know nothing about.That would be unfair.

  31. Elgin Martinez says:

    Let’s also take into consideration that these people had to develope that area prior to moving their.As a result the government should give them some kind of financial compensation.We all know that the are around Chetumal street was swamp land prior to these people moving their.So why is the GOB dividing the people by giving the impression that these people when and squat on land that was already developed.Tell the Belizean people that these people were squatting on puddles.

  32. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    I applaud Prime Minister Dean Barrow, it is time that we have a leader that will stand up to this Guatemalans, what i want to say to Cola and Belizeans for justice is that they are making papyshow of themselves, let me see you guys organize a demonstration by the Guatemalan border for the injustices being done to us by those Guates who clean our Forrest and harvest our Xate.
    then and only then you will be my heroes, apart from that i think you guys are mada!@$$.

  33. Frustrated says:

    I personally think that Belizeans need to take a step back and look at what’s really happening in our country. Instead of killing out one another, our young men and youths need to be more productive citizens and take pride in themselves and our country. Here these people come into our country (most of the time illegally) and demand a piece of land or rather, just take a piece of land. This government is not functioning at the level I had expected but this is one of the smartest thing they have done in years. The manner in which they did it was a bit harsh, but bringing the issue of squatters and their squatting to light will allow citizens to feel some genuine emotions. There are those of us whose great grandparents, grandparents and parents are born Belizeans. We have a history here…don’t just sit and watch non-immigrants and foreigners come in a build on our lands…go through the process for yourselves and obtain a piece of land because I am telling you…if it’s hard for us right now, what do you think it will be like for our children?

  34. Elgin Martinez says:

    What about all our cayes that have been sold to foreigners by our leaders?Ninety percent of La Isla Bonita is owned by Foreigners who aquired Belizean land via electronic transactions with our corrupt leaders.

  35. Elgin Martinez says:

    We’re victimizing these people for land they’ve developed to have a place for themselves and their families,Let’s talk about real issues like the selling of our Passport to chinese nationals.

  36. EMS says:

    KEEP UP THE HEAT!!! UNITE, UNITE UNITE,,RALLY AROUND THESE ISSUES
    SOLIDARITY IS THE WAY TO GO!!!! REMEMBER IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH!!! RISE UP MY PEOPLE!!!!REMEMBER THEY DO NOT HAVE A JAIL LARGE ENOUGH TO HOLD ALL OF YOU!!! EQUITABLE JUSTICE FOR ALL!!!!POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!

  37. Leon Leon says:

    From all across the globe people are getting into Belize, with visas (?), without visas (?), yet claiming the land and RAPING the country for all it has. The natural resources have been stripped and the little JEWEL. The money the people make, they have to spend it with all the foreign owned businesses. (Who owns the stores on Albert Street? Does any Belizean own a fry chicken stand or pupusa cart seen out on Albert Street? How many Belizeans own businesses from Corozal to PG? Can someone get those stats and share with us? Can someone tell us how may of the squatters are “really Belizeans”? We all want to know. TO OWN LAND IS NOT EASY. MANY WARS ARE IN THE HISTORY BOOKS BECAUSE OF LAND. WHO ANNOUNCED THAT “free LAND IS BEING GIVEN AWAY IN BELIZE? WE WANT TO KNOW.
    Who is watching the borders? Who is in charge of immigration? Will the foreigners take over Belize soon? WAKE UP BELIZE. YOUR CHILDREN ARE CRYING. THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY MILK, THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY BREAD, AND THEY DO NOT HAVE ANYONE TO LISTEN TO THEIR CRIES. YOUR CHILDREN ARE AT WAR WITH EACH OTHERS.

  38. BZNinCALI says:

    @Fairman, we elected the rascals. i do not believe that the voters were under any illusion that they were voting for people with a conscience who “feel their pain”. Civil disobedience is a proven technique that can & has brought about change but what I am seeing is chaos & a lawlessness that borders on anarchy & people playing politics I have read most of the stories relating to this issue & I have heard every BS excuse but at no time heard anyone offer to pay for the land they took. One man said he was tired of paying rent & deserve a house fuh ih pickney them. Does he really need people out there with picket signs on his behalf? He needed & got a swift kick. The lawlessness is affecting the people at the bottom disproportionately. The last thing we need in Belize city is a main thoroughfare people are afraid to use which is what twill happen if we do not maintain some semblance of order.

  39. Giovanni W.S.S says:

    I am a student and personally i belive that those chetumal people are very wrong for what they did. the impressiion they are giving is that they were living thier a long time ago when infact they just recently moved thier. they claim to want a piece of land but as far as im concerned before that are was cutted down where were they living? they are very “facey”, they see land and because they need a land they will settle on someones land? no that is unacceptable and i believe that they should be moved by force if they are not understanding what is being asked of them to do!

  40. ivan cal says:

    dean oliver barrow is an opportunist he is nothing good for our country.

  41. get it right says:

    This has got to be the sorriest excuse of a protest i have ever seen. We have a fired government employee for stealing in Sulph, A father wanting so called justice and sympathy for his two drug dealer sons, Shackron (whose family is known for a host of illegal activities), a former UDP and former OW standard bearer( who was ousted by his own OW people), and squatters all protesting against the GOB for upholding the law. Since when do we hold protests in support of illegal actions and in support of law breaking citizens. All i see are people trying to stir trouble for their own gains while the hard working law abiding citizens try to provide for themselves and their families. Utterly ridiculous.

  42. Elgin Martinez says:

    get it right: How is the government upholding the law when Belizeans are been murdered on a daily basis and the murderers are been exonerated of these heinous crimes. But yet he’s fighting to have Belizean Citizens extradited to the US to face charges.How does that make sense?We’ve got to take care of our own first.He should be fighting to ensure that Belizeans are safe before worrying about other people’s problem.

  43. The right to self-defense granted by law to the private citizen is strictly limited.

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