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May 21, 2014

MLA charges that DAVCO is dividing the indigenous community

Cristina Coc

The issue of oil exploration in the south is boiling over, but there is another hot-button matter which is the communities in the south are facing. As we reported on Tuesday, the District Association of Village Councils convened a meeting in Big Falls over the weekend which saw the participation of chairpersons from across Toledo.  It has been widely speculated that functionaries of the government are being sent to the meetings to create a rift within the various communities where it concerns the issue of communal rights.  The Maya Leaders Alliance was present at that meeting and according to spokesperson, Cristina Coc; the questions being asked are not in line with what the real issues are.


Cristina Coc, Spokesperson, Maya Leaders Alliance

“It was quite evident that this was an extension of the recent an continuous effort on the part of the state to create ethnic divide and to create a situation where people are asking the wrong questions.  Basically, the village council was promoting a wrong agenda that said, “Do you support communal lands or not?”  I think that that is far too simplified to ask a community.  I think what you should ask the community is, with the understanding what communal rights are to the lands.  I think that what they should be asking the community is do you want to have rights, do you want to hold those rights and ownership to the land that you currently use and occupy or do you want to give up those rights?  What we explained to the community was that though they have rights to the land, though they have ownership of use and occupation of those lands, they also have the right to give up those rights, to opt out of those rights and be able to declare whomever it is they choose to manage and control those lands on their behalf.  Though there are consequences and so because of those consequences, particularly on livelihood of Maya people who continue to practice customary use of the land we encourage them strongly to hold a meeting with their entire community and in their opening remarks of the chairman he indicated that this community was between two thousand, five hundred to three thousand residents and that was the population.  There was no where even a half of that population was in attendance of the meeting and so we encourage that they hold another meeting and not hold a decision at that moment but hold another meeting without the outsiders, including the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association and make very clear to their community what the decision that they are asking them to take is.  Unfortunately, we didn’t hear a lot from the residents of Big Falls.  We heard a lot from invited guests like Alejandro Vernon, invited guests like Joseph Estephan, invited guests like Reynaldo Ico from Silver Creek Village and other non-Big Falls residents.”


Residents of the various communities within the Toledo District, following the DAVCO meeting, are reportedly being asked to respond to a survey as to whether or not they are in support of oil exploration.

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4 Responses for “MLA charges that DAVCO is dividing the indigenous community”

  1. De says:

    Classic, divide and conquer. That’s how these big money people operate when they want something you have. They can careless about what they destroys. And as long as the UDP’s pockets a grease they are fine. Irony is that that was what they based their campaign on, Ralph and Musa and they are 20 times worst than Ralph and Musa ever was.

  2. andres says:

    let us support the oil.. there is no division, in my opinion , i strongly believe, finally the maya people are waking up , smelling the coffee, what MLA does is scam puting a shield blinding the maya people, they are in it for the pie, not a piece for the whole pie, if you listen to how they speak . They i mean ( christina and greg) are just in it to uplift thier personal lives. not the people, they using the maya people to move along forthemselves…………. what the people needs is jobs, to uplift themselves, and betteroff, what the oil company is doing is opening the oppurtunity.. ina speciefied area, in turns, bettering off the community, and the district ………….
    first , they tried to stop the highway, but however, educated people along the villages, are strong in their stances to face those MLA . Who are always going and tell the pooor some uneducated people…. so i dont CALL IT … DIVISION, ………the people are finally HOLDING AND VOICE THEIR OPINION, NOT THE MLA OPINION…………… lets uplift ourselves……. thanks to the TOLEDO VILLAGE COUNCIL……………

  3. OriginalWoman says:

    Go Christina, you can clearly see the deception!!! Cudos to you!!

  4. Timber says:

    The English “Modus Operandus ” continues to be successful, divide and conquer. Many of these elder Mayan and Mestizo folks still don’t even speak English, nor understand it properly. They’re probably been misguided on both sides. No one has even started to talk about the possible environmental and health impact. What if there’s an oil spill? Who preserves the remains of what’s left of our Mayan artifacts and ruins? We already have left them to deteriorate. Many kids 20-22 and younger can’t even tell the name of these ruins and what part of the country they are located. We are losing our culture and our identity.

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