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Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2021. 2:23 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Residents in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala are planning a protest for Monday, February 15, 2021 at the bridge in Melchor.

The residents are protesting and demanding the re-opening of the border with Belize.

Before COVID-19, thousands of Belizeans would cross over into Melchor and Flores, Peten daily to shop for uniform material, clothes and accessories.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belize border has been closed and there is no indication as to when it will re-open. The Free Zone at Belize’s Western Border is also closed.

While the Belize side of the border remains closed, arrangements have been made by customs officials in both Belize and Guatemala to facilitate the cross-border movement of goods, and to Belize advantage, special considerations were put in place to facilitate the purchase of corn in Belize by Guatemalan traders.

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