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Petenero organizations refuse to participate in Guatemala’s National Referendum

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018. 3:35 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, seventeen community organizations held a press conference in Peten to inform the Guatemalan government that they are not going to participate in Sunday’s  national referendum to take its territorial, maritime and insular claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

According to the leaders, they believe that the referendum is too costly and is a waste of resources when Guatemalans are suffering from extreme poverty.

“ We will protest by not participating.We feel that this is not necessary. It is an exaggerated waste of resources when there is so much poverty and needs in Guatemala…….The majority of the people along the adjacency zone are asking what is it about and why will it be beneficial to us and what is the purpose?”

According to the Peteneros, the majority of their population is unaware of what the national referendum issue is about and they are calling on the Guatemalans to not participate since to them, their president is using the opportunity to play a ‘victim’ in Guatemala and to expose himself in the media.

The national referendum will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018 and it is expected that around 7 million Guatemalans will vote whether the centennial territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala should be taken to the ICJ.

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