This coming weekend will mark one year since over 30 Belizeans were detained by Guatemalan Military while on an expedition on the south of our country.
Many of you may recall that on Saturday February 28th 2015, a group from the Belize Territorial Volunteers, while on a mission trip to place a plaque at the Gracias a Dios monument, was detained by Guatemalan Military. The group consisting of near 40 Belizeans mainly from Orange Walk were taken first to a Guatemalan outpost and later taken to Livingston, Guatemala. Although the group was returned safely back to Belize, the reason for their detention is still unknown.
In commemoration of the event, the BTV planned another mission trip to the Sarstoon this coming weekend, but the news of the trip did not come as good news to the Ministry of Foreign affairs and the CEO of the Ministry has advised the group to desist from making their way to the Gracias a Dios monument. Today our news team received a video from the President of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, Will Mejia, where he is expressing his disappointment in the Government of Belize.
Will Mejia- President- BTV
“I so disappointed that the CEO in the ministry of Foreign Affairs has called discouraging us from going to Sarstoon now I don’t see why he is discouraging us from going to Sarstoon but he gave us a lot of explanation that the Guatemalans military has sent them, warning them not to let us, we Belizeans go to the Sarstoon river and our government has succumb, given into Guatemala because they are discouraging us from going to the Sarstoon this weekend since it marks one year that Belizeans were detained by Guatemalans and now they are telling us that we as Belizeans cannot go in the Sarstoon river, I find it disappointing that our government has not protested to the International Community or called for assistance, the other day CARICOM was here they should have called a pledge from all the CARICOM nations chastising Guatemala for bullying Belize, I just think that we have weak leaders in this country and the Belizean people you have to get up and rise up.”
We contacted Mejia to ask if the group intends to follow through with their trip to the Gracias a Dios monument despite the warning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Here is what he said.
Will Mejia- President- BTV
“As far as we are concerned we the Territorial Volunteers along with many other Belizeans consider the Sarstoon a part of Belize so we find it very strange that our government will discourage us from going to a part of Belize, the Sarstoon is a part of Belize, Gracias a Dios monument is a part of Belize and the only way going to there is through the Sarstoon river so I don’t know why they are discouraging us from going to the Gracias a Dios Monument.”
According to Mejia the group will be will be leaving for Sarstoon early on Saturday.
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