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Nov 15, 2021

Controversy erupts at Krooman Lagoon

Controversy erupted again tonight in the Krooman Lagoon area on Antelope Street Extension in Belize City. A group of squatters found themselves blocked from the area where they have set up makeshift houses. Reports are that the private land owner placed huge boulders at the community’s entrance. This evening a large crowd gathered and News Five spoke with Deputy Mayor Allan Pollard, who was on the scene. Here is a brief excerpt from an interview we conducted with him moments ago.

 

Allan Pollard, Deputy Mayor, Belize City

“When I passed by today, I young lady who is one of my voters, whose van was behind a huge concrete wall that was here earlier, so I stopped and they looked like they were in distress, so after I queried, she gave me the rundown and they came home and just found a gigantic wall in the middle of the only access to get to where they reside, noh. Of course, she has obligations; she needed to go to work and was asking me for assistance. From the onset, looking at that image, yoh know something nuh right, that da nuh how things suppose to be. And I think as a country, as a nation, as a people we shouldn’t be living like that. I’ve always been of the position that I don’t condone – I’m always for process. Goh tru the correct process; if yoh deh pahn somebody private property, I nuh endorse that, but at the same time – the private owners, there’s a process for them as well. This is not one person or two people affected because of this. You understand, these are families – eighty family deh back ya the lady tell mi just now. So many families who have years of living in this area, yoh understand. And you can’t just come one day and say well ah wa block yoh out and you have your whole family inside. That makes no sense.”

 

We will have more on this story in Tuesday’s newscast.

 


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