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Jun 7, 2011

Is government justified in using force to evict the squatters?

The eviction of squatters from the site of the Chetumal Street Bridge has elicited a mixed bag of responses from the public. Over five hundred people polled on our last question: “Is Government justified in using force to evict the squatters in the Chetumal Street area before they could identify where to go?” Fifty-seven percent of voters on our e-poll said no and were appalled by the way women and children were hauled from their homes. Meanwhile, the other forty-three percent felt that the seventy-five evicted persons got what they deserved for settling on crown land. One viewer commented that “these people broke the law by squatting and ignored the warnings that the current administration constantly gave them. Thus, despite the way this action was carried out, it was legally justified.” Another person said, “The matter could have been handled in a different manner. From the videos one can see that the majority of people who are homeless are women and children.”

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7 Responses for “Is government justified in using force to evict the squatters?”

  1. Concern Citizen says:

    Yes they are! These ppl need to stop behaving like spoil Brats and Belizean for Justice instead of up holding them with their nonsense EDUCATE them. From Children we are taught if something is not yours you cant CRY for it. How can you go and Squat on a land that dont belong to you. IT is NOT YOURS>>>>>>>

  2. Disappointed says:

    If a private citizen had done what the Gov. did would they be charged with any kind of assault?? I know of individuals in Ladyville that is squatting on someone else s land and have paid an attorney to remove them and still they have not moved. Suppose this individual went 4:30am and just break down their structure and put their appliances on the side of the street would that individual be arrested for assault? Why is the Government above the law, I was under the assumption the law was for everyone no matter who they are. I do not agree with squatting it is wrong and it should be illegal but as I was taught there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. Does the government deem this action the right way. $#!% trickles down…wonder why the country is lawless…

  3. javier solis says:

    We cannot on one hand condemn crime, and ask for the death peanalty for the poor black people on South side, and on the other say that it was unjust to evict spanish squatters from an illegal selttlement. Come on, the law should be blind, and we are a nation of laws. Shakron is sniffing some of her product.

  4. Roy Yates says:

    I’m sick to my stomach when I hear folks talking about a nation of laws, as if this is the only country with laws. All of you who thinks the government always make just laws, take the time ans surf the Internet and google stupid laws, and it will make you sick to your stomach to see, even in so call developed countries some of the most insane laws and ordinances that have been put on the books by Politicians. I said it on this forum before, and I’ll sate it again for the record: In a democracy, as Belize political system is suppose to be, its government for the people by the people. The land in the country that someone does not have clear legal title to belong to the people, no such things as a governmental admistration been the owner.

    There are lots of countries, as we know, that practices democracy, but what I know about the Swiss system, it seem to come the closet to the true meaning of democracy. just a few days ago I read how they went about giving prostituties legal rights, something that other countries criminalize and put adults in prison for doing something that is there human right to do if they so chose. What’s the good of a bridge when human beings don’t have the basic, a roof over their heads? Do a simple referandom with the residents in the immediate area to see if the land should be utilize for a bridge, or for housing. The out come should settle the argument. This other nonsense about government bought the land, whoes money did government use to purchase the land?


  5. Sense says:

    This channel 5 question today should have options YES NO and HELL TO THE NOOOOOO for squatters to get crown land.

  6. Elgin Martinez says:

    Javier Solis: We might be a nation of laws however our laws are only enforced when it benefits a certain class of people.

  7. somiah says:

    emphatically ” yes ” !!!!!

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