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Oct 27, 2015

Maya Leaders Protest in Punta Gorda, Case Against Santa Cruz 13 Adjourned

A protest was held today in Punta Gorda where another court appearance of the Santa Cruz Thirteen took place before Magistrate Emerson Banner. Supporters gathered around the courthouse in solidarity with the thirteen Maya leaders who were charged on June twenty-fourth for the unlawful imprisonment of Rupert Myles.  Myles, the husband of a Maya woman, destroyed parts of the sacred site of Uxbenka, where he built a house. The villagers of Santa Cruz claim they repeatedly attempted to remove him from the location, but their efforts were fruitless. Pablo Mis, the Program Coordinator for the Maya Leaders Alliance spoke on behalf of the group this morning noting that while they have been repeatedly taken to court, Myles has not been charged for damages to the sacred site.


Pablo Mis, Program Coordinator, MLA

“Santa Cruz Thirteen returned to court, you will recall the last hearing was an adjournment so this morning the Santa Cruz Thirteen returned to court.  We don’t know what the decision of the prosecution is going to be but obviously the villagers are not very happy with this case being dragged on.  This is going to be the fourth time that they’re going to be appearing in court and there’s been no disclosure given so far.”


Pablo Mis


“What do you have to say about the fact that Mr. Myles is still living on the occupied land?”


Pablo Mis

“Well, clearly there seems to be some hesitation on the part of the Institute of Archaeology and by extension the board of NICH in following through with what they had publicly said which is that they have determined that Mr. Myles had created an infraction, had violated and desecrated Uxbenka and that they had, Dr. Morris has said that he was going to pursue legal action or given that go ahead.  But to date that has not happened.  So I just want to say for the record that Santa Cruz has written Dr. Morris twice now and there has been no response from the institute with respect to the status of the investigation or charges that might be brought against Mister Myles. I think it is clear that we have been saying all along that this is not an injustice against Santa Cruz.  This is an injustice by the government against all the Maya people.  If you look at their placard they are sharing stories of hardship that they are going through in different villages: in San Pablo, in Jalacte, in Santa Cruz, in many other villages.  And it has to do with the lack of political will on the part of government to fully adhere to the Caribbean Court of Justice.  I want to say as well that the government made a commitment that by December there would have been some progress to the court order that was agreed upon by the parties before the CCJ.  To date no meeting, no meeting has absolutely happened between the Maya leaders and Alcaldes and the government.”

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3 Responses for “Maya Leaders Protest in Punta Gorda, Case Against Santa Cruz 13 Adjourned”

  1. Primary Thief, Ali BaBarrow says:

    In UDP country we bulldoze ruins. That is why they are ruins. The rubble brings government income, and helps our supporters.

    The Mayans are just causing trouble, they must be dealt with heavy justice, justice that is corrupted like the rest of the government.

  2. Rod says:

    I hope all you maya and I mean all maya you better know who to vote for this election and it’s not udp show your power Maya’s.

  3. CZ says:

    What else do you expect? Are you Maya people, BTW the real owner of this land, those that are the only one supposed to say “this is my land” like other ethnicity member use to throw in your face every time they open their mouth, represented in the Gov? If you have been allowing somebody else to take what is your by nature why don’t you fight back for your rights? Why will you continue your people to be marginalized? You are simply allowing a ethnic cleansing and the steal of your land and your right. The first instrument you have is your vote on Nov. 4th and if not enough both the results and the CCJ, than go UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right, get International exposure. And at the end, should the above not be working remember your father and the father of your father. Remember how they fought for life against the Spanyards….remember to me Maya and fighters and get your land!!!

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