Alcaldes meeting in Punta Gorda town

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Alcaldes meeting (Punta Gorda)

Alcaldes meeting
(Punta Gorda)

Friday, May 2, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: The Maya communities in the Toledo district that are near to the drilling site for US Capital energy are intent on keeping the pressure on the oil company to suspend operations until prior and informed consent is obtained.

On Thursday, bus loads of people showed up at the site inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park; but they were met with resistance, including a group of police officers.

Today, Alcaldes from 38 Maya communities met at the Social Security Board conference room in Punta Gorda town for what can only be described as a strategy session.

Entrance to US Capital Energy operation

Entrance to US Capital Energy operation

At the heart of the discussion by organizers of the meeting were perceived moves by US Capital Energy to persuade Maya leaders to come out in support of the drilling activities.

The meeting today was chaired by the president of Alcaldes Association Alfonso Cal who encouraged the Alcaldes to keep the fight going saying “we might lose the battle; but the war is yet to be determined.”

At today’s meeting it was reiterated that this so-called “war” is now between the Maya people and the government of Belize/US Capital Energy.

The two-hour long meeting ended with a call to the Alcaldes to stay focused.

Another visit to the drill sight is anticipated, although no date for that visit has yet been determined.

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