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May 13, 2013

COLA says damage to Noh Mul deplorable and obscene

It is not the first time that there has been destruction to Noh Mul. Our records show that in June 1998, similar destructive activity was reported by the Archeology Department on one of the smaller plazas. Fortunately, the damage was not as extensive as it is tonight to the main ceremonial plaza. But the motive is the same; the material is sought for road construction due to the scarcity of quarries in the north. In the absence of an immediate response from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and other relevant government agencies, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, is one of several organizations that have taken a zero tolerance position on the recent destruction of Noh Mul.  The monument was among the tallest man-made structures erected by the Mayas in northern Belize.  The usage of its millenary stones as road fill in the Orange Walk District has been described as deplorable and obscene.  COLA President Giovanni Brackett says the company responsible for the demolition of the ceremonial site should be made to pay a hefty penalty.


Giovanni Brackett

Giovanni Brackett, President, COLA

“We see it as obscene.  You can’t use no other term to better describe it. This is obscene that someone could destroy a national monument; to do something like this is appalling and you are lost for words. I mean to say, you would almost tear down an entire Mayan ruin, one of the highest in Orange Walk District for sand and gravel, to build road. And then you would say that you would offer an apology? We don’t need an apology right now; we need the stiffest penalty for this individual. What has happened here is uncalled for and we condemn it in the strongest term. And Isani to further elaborate, we are very concerned right now because several damages to the environment under the watch of the Minister of Natural Resources, Honorable Gaspar Vega, has gone almost unnoticed or even for a short while it comes up and then dies. We’ve seen the rosewood issue…culprits get caught, culprits get it back—in our point of view that is how we see it. We’ve seen where the rumor was that they wanted to build a helicopter pad on top of the Victoria Peak. That thank god didn’t go through. We have seen under this administration whereby a ruling against offshore contracts has been completely ignored and the ruling in the view of the government plays no role. We have seen that we have been blacklisted on the fishing for not being cooperative and reporting illegal fishing. And all of this has been happening not only under this administration, but specifically under the watch of the Honorable Gaspar Vega. And we continue to see issue just the other day; there were rumors of selling the island and the island having to be returned because it was supposed to be a protected area. And then you want to use language that is politically right to just brush this off as if though it is nothing. No this is total nonsense and it is unacceptable that the Belizean people have to stomach this sort of damages to the environment and to our natural monument. This administration needs to be put into check when it comes to the environment and to protecting our natural heritage. The question remains now; where is the Minister of Tourism? Where is he on the matter? Why hasn’t he put out a statement? Where is the B.T.B.? Where is the B.T.I.A.?”


Similarly, the People’s United Party has also issued a release condemning the destruction and plundering of Noh Mul, stating that the owner of the trucking company, Denny Grijalva, is a known member of the United Democratic Party and has been receiving government contracts for road repairs in the north.  Today, News Five made several attempts at contacting Denny Grijalvo for comment but we were unsuccessful.

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6 Responses for “COLA says damage to Noh Mul deplorable and obscene”

  1. Whappy says:

    And again, these people are not ‘Normal’ people in Belize ! All this fussing and bickering, and I guarantee you wont hear anything from the Prime minister, and nothing will ever be done and the perpetrators laugh and giggle all the way to the bank. Rosewood selling, Iand giveaways to family & friends, awarding government contracts to friends and family, appointing family members to ambassador positions, national monument destruction, etc. man, its like these people have no soul. But as I said, we wont stand up, we to busy with the Unibam distraction, so nothing will be done about it, and its business as usual tomorrow.

  2. Bear says:

    Someone needs to make sure that the ancient Mayan material cannot be used as roadfill. If it is already laid down, make the criminals pay to take it back up and put it in a pile. It can become a new monument, to remind us how we have descended from the high civilization of the Mayans down to a “civilization” of thieves.

    Grijalva? He needs lynching.

    The courts will never give the full justice he deserves. And UDP is proud to call him a standard-bearer!

  3. Storm says:

    Brackett, I’ve criticized you before but I’m with you on this one. It’s a righteous issue, and the people will support you overwhelmingly if you take the lead on it. If not you, then someone else needs to expose everything that happened in this atrocity, and see it through until the wheel of justice is finished grinding.

    I’d hope some other organizations will rise up on this matter and be heard, even the churches. Our churches need to be involved in more social issues than just sodomy. When they see wrong, they need to call it out and expose it, just like Jesus himself did.

  4. lucas says:

    It is hard to understand how people would do things such as this. How long can we continue to suffer such humillattion?. Lord give us the strength to destroy those who are destroying us.

  5. Mad says:

    THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST DESTRUCTIONS TO BELIZEAN HERITAGE. Those who did it have no regard for anything other than MONEY. GREED is what drove them to destroy over a thousand year old man-made structure. Mr. Grijalva should be dumped in jail. I can’t belive Barrow hasnt said anything about this destruction, not even the ministry of Culture because they are all one family. This UDP government is destroying Belize from roosewood to now archaeological sites that attract tourists to Belize. SHAME SHAME SHAME on Grijalva . I hope no body hires his construction company so he goes bankrupt.

  6. Truth says:

    I am so disheartened to see how quickly and how far this wickedness has spread throughout Belize. These political criminals will stop at nothing when it comes to plundering the land and people of Belize. Their lust for money blinds them to the fact that they are cutting off their noses to spite their face. The very road they hoped would bring them financial gain will no longer carry the admiring tourists who spend their moneys visiting these every same ruins and surrounding area.
    Rest assured there is some greater fortune these criminals are after. Is a better road needed for access into oil fields? The people of Belize are not stupid. All we need do is ask the question…. which government/private authority benefits most from this rape and destruction? Those are the the ones responsible because they should have kept this from happening. Impeach them all!

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