By Aaron Humes: Belize Sugar Industries Limited/American Sugar Refining (BSI/ASR) maintained in its press release on Thursday evening that this week’s blockade of its Tower Hill factory, which caused a lengthy interruption of the just-opened crop season, was “illegal” and contrary to its agreement with the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA).
So, should the BSCFA expect a lawsuit? Perhaps, but according to chairman Andy Westby who spoke to Channel 5 News earlier today, it has been covered.
Said Westby, “…the government will take the hand of that, will handle that. They assured the farmers that they will handle that. We have a letter signed that was brought to me. [Prime Minister John Briceño] personal[ly] got the copy to me at the conference room at B.S.C.F.A. office in front of the ministers and our directors. They will take full responsibility if any legal thing was brought against the Association.”
Though BSI/ASR has complained of threats and violence, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams averred that both sides kept cool heads during the affair. The mini-protest conducted near the Prime Minister’s residence in Orange Walk Town late Thursday proceeded with his permission and without incident.