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Jun 7, 2019

Belama Phase 4 Residents Protest against Alex Chang

Belize City police broke up a protest this morning that unfolded along the Philip Goldson Highway. Residents of Belama Phase Four showed up in front of Fen Lan Company Limited which is owned by Alex Chang. Chang is also the so-called owner of one point six-six acres of Belama land. In January, Chang served the affected residents with a notice of eviction but up to tonight, the land is still occupied by those individuals. A barbwire fence was erected around the property which promoted the residents to take their concerns to Chang’s front door. Hipolito Novelo reports.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

A group of residents from Belama Phase Four was out this morning with placards, protesting in front of Fen Lan Company Limited on the Philip Goldson Highway. The organized protest is in relation to thirty residential lots that sit within a one-point-six-six acre piece of land. In January, property owner Alex Chang served the residents a notice to vacate. They were given one month to dismantle their wooden houses and exit. The residents, however, refused. A proposal was made to the affected residents. That proposal came with one very specific requirement; that they are Belizeans. The residents remained on the land which then prompted Chang to erect a barb wire fence around the property.

 

Vivian Estrada

Vivian Estrada, Resident

“You see what we have to do so we can cross. There is a young lady there who just had a baby. She has to cross that too. The person that lives there they have to jump two fences. It is not fair. It was put up last week, all of this and to the way to the front. It is really not fair. We live poor so I don’t know why he is fighting for it. Why does he want more?”

 

And now the residents are taking their concerns to Chang’s front door.

 

Darrell Moguel

Darrell Moguel, Resident

“Our New Year gift from Alex Chang was an eviction notice. Since then we have been receiving aggressive forms, one of them being fencing up the area and not leaving spaces for certain persons to come out from the house. We have tried various ways of negotiate with this person but everything is fruitless. The last thing that we heard from them is that he does not really care what happens to us.”

 

According to P.U.P. Area Representative for Freetown, Francis Fonseca, twenty-two families are being affected.

 

Francis Fonseca, Area Representative, Freetown

“Of those twenty two families, eighteen of those families are Belizeans residents or citizens. Every single family has Belizean children. Some of them have been living more than ten years. Some have been living there seven, eight years. All of a sudden at the end of last year, these individual from this company that is why we are out here today, Mr. Chang owns Fen Lan, all of a sudden he comes along claiming to own this area of land that they are living on and shows no proof of ownership. Up to now we have not gotten any proof of his legal ownership of the property. What he is saying to us now through his lawyer is that he has a power of attorney f or the person who owns the land. Well we don’t know who the person is who owns the land. We have never seen any title to the land. We have never seen any power of attorney. So this is absolutely nonsense for this man to go in there and harassing these people in a consistent basis.”

 

Francis Fonseca

Fonseca who is also providing legal services to the group says the matter will need to be resolved in court.

 

Francis Fonseca

“We are going to fight to the very end.”

 

And the protested ended as quickly as it started. Police officers showed up and the group was ordered to dismantle and leave.  Hipolito Novelo, News Five.


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