By BBN Staff: Freetown Area Representative, Francis Fonseca, and Freetown Councillor, Albert Vaughan, today protested alongside twenty-two families ordered to evict a property belonging to a Chinese businessman.
This dispute dates back to last year and the families who have occupied the land for over ten years are not relocating and have indicated that like them, the Chinese businessman has no documents for the property.
According to Fonseca, he participated in today’s protest to, “highlight and bring attention to the glaring and scandalous inequality that exists in our country as it relates to land distribution.”
He then pointed out that 18 of the 22 families being threatened are Belizeans, while 22 of the families have Belizean children.
He then pointed out that there is a legal process to follow to remove people from the property.
“Threats and harassment is not the approach to take,” he said.
He added that “Simply because you are a wealthy Chinese businessman with strong political connections to the governing party does not allow you to treat poor people like trash.”
According to him, one man has 30 residential lots while the poor residents of Belama Phase 4 can’t get land.
Fonseca further alleges that “The Police who responded to the protest completely mishandled the situation. Arrogance and disrespect will not advance the objectives of the department.”
Finally, he added that Belama Phase 4 will be developed just as Phases 1, 2 and 3.
He explained. “Enough is enough! People over Money! Our people must be treated with dignity and respect!”