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Aug 11, 2015

B.T.V. Heads to Sarstoon this Weekend

The Territorial Volunteers will be leading an expedition to Sarstoon Island, located in the extreme South of Belize on Sunday with or with protection from the B.D.F.  The last time an expedition was taken to that area, it resulted in the Guatemalan military detaining thirty-seven Belizeans and escorting them to Livingston. Both the B.D.F. and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have officially cautioned against the trip, but that has not deterred the small, but determined group. Head of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, Wil Maheia, told News Five this morning that the expedition is aimed at showing moral support for the Coast Guard and B.D.F., but also to send a message to Guatemala authorities that they cannot dictate where Belizeans go in Belize.


Wil Maheia, Belize Territorial Volunteers

“People are cautious, with good reason, especially when you have the General of the B.D.F. giving the scare tactic. But this is Belize and as Belizeans we are standing up for Belize and we will not be told where we can go and where we can’t go inside our country. Sarstoon Island is clearly inside Belize’s territory and we are going to Sarstoon Island.”


Wil Maheia

Mike Rudon

“Now we have received a copy of a correspondence sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Giovanni de la Fuente in which they are officially cautioning persons about going into those areas. Has that deterred you or the volunteers in any way?”


Wil Maheia

“Absolutely not! We are saying that today they might caution us not to go to Sarstoon Island. Tomorrow they might caution us not to go South of the Sibun. It seems that they want to appease the Guatemalans in everything they say and do. The Guatemalans have a claim from the Sibun to the Sarstoon. Are they going to tell us we can’t go South of the Sibun? It’s ridiculous! We have to stand up for Belize and I want to applaud all Belizeans that will be coming out on Sunday. We will be leaving from the Barranco pier at 9:00am so get to Barranco and we will have the boats to provide the transportation to and from the Sarstoon Island. Sarstoon Island is only about two miles from Barranco so it’s going to be an easy ride over.”


Mike Rudon

“Do you expect any situation in which there could be another altercation with the Guatemalans who operate a base at the mouth of the Sarstoon?”


Wil Maheia

“Mike, as you know, I have been going to this area for over twenty years now. I know where the island is at. I have actually gone with Sir Manuel Esquivel to Sarstoon Island, to Gracias a Dios. I know exactly where the border line is at. I know that we will not stray into Guatemalan territory, unlike the last time when it was the first time for that boat captain. Now we have trained boat personnel. We will be briefing them before the departure to make sure that we do not go into Guatemala. We will be going to Sarstoon Island which is clearly and squarely within Belizean territory.”


It is expected that almost two hundred persons will make the trek to the Island on Sunday. If you’re interested in tagging along, you can call Wil Maheia at telephone 610-0978 or Orlando de la Fuente at 610-1810.

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2 Responses for “B.T.V. Heads to Sarstoon this Weekend”

  1. Belizean@ heart says:

    I wish i could go but I dont’ have $ to pay fi mi passage and boat transfers-sad,wish dem my Belizean brother good luck and God will protect them all.”

  2. CEO says:

    Good move Wil!

    Instead of sending a letter warning Belizeans to sta away from parts of Belize they should have sent a letter to the Guatemalan government telling them to stay the heck away from Belizeans soil and leave our people alone.

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