Toledo group plans demostration in PG

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Joseph Estaphan (Toledo Association for Belizean Rights)

Joseph Estaphan
(Toledo Association for Belizean Rights)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: A group called Toledo Association for Belizean Rights is planning a peaceful protest in Punta Gorda town on Thursday.

And the full fury of their discontent is aimed squarely at another organization, the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, SATIIM.

The Association is not happy that SATIIM, according to them, is seeking to secure a portion of prospective oil revenues in the name of the indigenous Maya, even before the first well is dug and with no regard for other groups in Toledo.

Founding member of Toledo Association for Belizean Rights Joseph Estephan says the protest is not about discriminating any race or ethnic group, but to show that “we are all Belizeans under one law.”

Estephan says that “if SATIM is fighting for its share then we will fight for what is rightfully ours as Belizeans.”

Thursday’s peaceful protest is scheduled to start at 9 am at the Punta Gorda Central Park.

Organizers are inviting interested persons to join them in the demonstration “and let us fight for what is ours.  Let our voice be heard.”

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One Response to Toledo group plans demostration in PG

  1. cris Reply

    April 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Dear Toledo Alliance for Belizean rights,

    We the Maya people are also Belizeans despite what the government has tried to mislead the rest of the country to believe. We too deserve a right to our life on our lands in peaceful coexistence with our natural resources. I challenge your move only because if you are so angered by what SATIIM is doing, then why do you claim to be doing the same thing for “other non-Maya” Belizeans? Why protest because you are angered by SATIIM’s efforts, why not join them and say “we support the efforts of SATIIM to fight for the Maya villages it represent in the STNP area and we will help SATIIM by fighting for the other communities and representing their interests” Unless you are confused in your own direction it is in everyone interest to avoid discriminatory actions and pursue division among Belizeans rather than UNITE and join forces to demand a better oil industry in this country of ours.

    What would be beautiful would be a join demonstration between SATIIM and your group and demand from the state inclusion, information, participation and guaranteed benefits!

    All the best
    Cristina Coc

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