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Jan 23, 2013

No to ICJ flags

The flag monument inside the roundabout by the Save U Plaza is a welcoming landmark at the Philip Goldson Highway entrance to Belize City. The colorful flags of the Caribbean normally fly at the monument.  But about three a.m., someone took down the flags and replaced them with white flags that had a very clear message, which was to vote no to the ICJ. A few hours later, the president of COLA, Giovanni Brackett was at the site raising awareness about his group’s campaign against the referendum.


Giovanni Brackett, President, COLA

Giovanni Brackett

“Well today I was called out, a text sent from the left wing of COLA. Said that, the first initiative to commemorate along with the educational committee that the government is launched, that they have launched an activity of its own in support of COLA, and So COLA came out here quite early this morning to see the several about, I think I count about twelve no ICJ flags being raised here at the flag monument. Normally you know you would have different flags out here. COLA gives it hundred and fifty percent support to this initiative. Why? Because shows that we still have patriotism living alive, moving alive in this country and it shows our leaders who are proponents and who are hell bent on going to the ICJ that you have fight coming towards you, you have formidable opponent, somebody who is gonna stand up for this nation. There is no reason we need to go to court to settle what has already been settle at the United Nations. There is no need to give any validity to unfounded claim by Guatemala. We don’t need education right now, what we need is doctrination, what Belizeanism is about.”


Patrick Jones, Love TV

“What do you hope to achieve by raising these flags here this morning?”


Giovanni Brackett

“Well I guess the group and COLA in support of the activity hope to achieve is that it calls an awareness whenever you ride, as long as it is allowed to be put here, I wasn’t a part of that group but as long as it’s out here, it creates an awareness of the ICJ and to stir people’s interest to ask the question, What is the ICJ about? What is Belize risking? What are we going to lose?”


When Brackett was asked whether or not COLA was responsible for this action, he simply said that COLA gives one hundred and fifty percent support and noted that his answer may not be satisfactory to the media, but asked that the press uses its imagination.

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4 Responses for “No to ICJ flags”

  1. Storm says:

    The flag change was a great act of civil protest. I hope some civic organizations come to life and shake up the Jewel!

  2. Lucas says:

    The story says and I say story because there are some so called Belizean Patriots who believe that the 10th of September is a myth. The story says that a bunch of God forgotten slaves together with a bunch of God rejected pirates had to vote yes to run or no for not to run. The NOs had it. They did not run. They stood their ground and thus inherited us a nation. Then came Webster and the Govt. wanted to ram a yes down our throat but the people said NO. Then came the 17 proposal and again the people said NO. Now this fools want us to vote yes to run to the ICJ. If our fathers had voted yes, there would now not be a BELIZEAN NATION NOR A BELIZEAN PEOPLE. Now we are being ask to vote yes and run to the ICJ. Let show these fools that we are the children of our FATHERS and like them let us vote: NO. QUE VIVA BELIZE. QUE DIOS BENDIGA Y PROTEJA THE BELIZEAN PEOPLE.

  3. Bear says:

    Lucas said it well.

  4. RedBwai says:

    By the Government taking down those flags by 8 am, it jus sends a very disturbing mean spirited chill down the hearts of the Belizean people…this dictatorship government is hell bent on silencing the crys of the people..silencing our due right to voice our opinions and displeasures with the current circumstances facing our country..i applaud the members of COLA for showing their true patrotisim to the country we call home…they showed the entire country that civil disobedience doesnt have to involve violence…but a peaceful and imaginative way to get their message across to the people and the government..well done COLA!!

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