Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2022. 6:20 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Earlier today, villagers in Indian Creek, Toledo District protested against their local leaders, namely those from the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA).
According to PGTV, the placards carried by protesters called the village’s leaders (said to be aligned with the MLA/TAA), approach as “selfish and rude” to the visiting Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The villagers are also indicating that the MLA’s position is not a reflection of the sentiments of all villagers as many were anticipating the historic visit.
Indeed, PGTV reports that the size of today’s protest was many times larger than that on Friday, indicating a heavily divided village.
But the chance has been missed as the cacao farm that was scheduled to host the Cambridges lost out to another in Maya Center, Stann Creek District.
The village is in a dispute with Flora and Fauna International (FFI) over land the latter claims as private and the former argues is their traditional space for village activity and livelihood.
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