By BBN Staff: “No land, no vote,” was the emotionally changed chant at this morning’s press conference hosted by land activist Nigel Petillo.
Petillo, who was recently arrested for hosting a gathering in Cotton Tree Village which authorities say violated the country’s State of Emergency Measures, announced today that he intends to host another such gathering in the same village, on Sunday, June 7.
Petillo stresses that his movement is bigger than the disputed land in the Cotton Tree Agricultural Layout, and is a matter of uplifting grassroots Belizeans.
“Land is the solution to poverty,” Petillo said. “With proper land management grassroots Belizeans could feed themselves, shelter themselves, send their kids to school.”
Petillo said that he believes that one acre of land is all a Belizean needs to get on the path to self-sufficiency and breaking cycles of generational poverty, which is why he is pressing for land reform and appealing the Government of Belize to take decisive action and make land available for grassroots Belizeans though a system free of marginalization or political influence.
“At the meeting Sunday, we will be observing social distancing measures, we can gather in groups of 40, so we will gather and discuss a way forward,” Petillo added.
He called on civil society groups, the security forces and all Belizeans to join the movement, as it is one rooted in the betterment of all Belizeans.