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Nov 15, 2019

Firebrand Activist Geovanni Brackett Calls on G.O.B. to Act Now

Geovanni Brackett

Joining the trip to the western border on Thursday was firebrand activist and former COLA President Geovanni Brackett. Brackett saw the developing Guatemalan community that has been inching its way into Belizean territory. He says that Espat’s land problem is a national issue that needs the urgent attention of the Government of Belize.


Geovanni Brackett, Activist

“When the mayor of Melchor can actually give out lands that is within Belizean territory and from what we have seen these people have not been able to produce any title. It is a very serious issue and this now is affecting an individual owner but it has become a national issue. We’ve been told that further down there are more incidents such as these. It also tells us that the Government needs to do better in terms of how they are taking care the Belizean territory along the borderline. What is alarming here is that it appears that the one kilometer direction in either country that suppose to form the adjacency zone from what I thought when that was established so that nothing was to be built in that area because it is disputed territory.  However we have seen clearly that these Guatemalans are building structures and permanent structures, having light and running water. So their government is promoting this and ut government should do its best to protest these actions. To be calling Mr. Espat impatient, he is not impatient. His family has owned this property for three generations. And every time an election goes on in Guatemalan there are pressures such as these because politicians are giving away land in our territory.”

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