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Joseph Estaphan (Toledo Association for Belizean Rights)

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014. 12:31 pm CST.

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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