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Unprecedented demonstration for right to participation called by civil organizations in Belize
Published on June 7, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

BELIZE CITY, Belize -- An important demonstration is being called by the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA pronounced ‘Big Ᾱ’) and other organizations for Saturday at the Battlefield Park in Belize City, Belize.

The rally follows the filing of an interim injunction by the government of Belize against BGYEA that threatens to imprison, fine or take away assets from members of the group if they proceed with a plan to plant corn in the buffer zone of their community, known as Harmonyville, as part of an initiative to provide for infrastructural development for the community.

The rally is entitled the ‘Plant Di Corn’ rally and its stated purpose is to act as a reminder that “all Belizeans share the right and the responsibility to sow the seeds of national development”.

The rally is supported by major local social partners, most notably the newly formed ‘Rod of Correction’ (ROC) made up of various disgruntled social partner groups such as the Pharmacy Association of Belize, the Belize Teachers Union, the Public Service Union, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (Cola) and BGYEA.

BGYEA president, Nigel Petillo, will face the government of Belize in court on Friday June13.

Since its inception in 2010, BGYEA has been the foremost entity behind the push for the common Belizean man and woman to own land and for transparency and accountability in land distribution in Belize.
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