Monday, July 27, 2015. BMG: Members of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) and others opposed to the ICJ process gathered outside of the Radisson Hotel starting just before today’s press briefing hosted by the OAS.
While police held them at bay they loudly proclaimed their message to both countries’ diplomats and those of the OAS: There is no peace if Guatemala wants a “piece” – a piece, that is, of Belizean territory.
COLA president Geovanni Brackett took off his journalist hat and put on his activist one outside the Radisson, saying that what he had heard inside convinced him even more that the Foreign Minister was underestimating the Belizean people and his opponents specifically.
Activist Moses Sulph also weighed in, saying Belize was not doing enough to promote its independent status. Patrick Rogers of Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) repeated his party’s sentiments. Murphy McLaren said the issue is serious enough to die for.
Inside Foreign Minister Elrington was dismissive of the opposition, suggesting that they just did not know enough to make a proper determination.