As the world sleeps, Belize is being systematically destroyed and invaded both from within and without.
For decades Guatemala has remained head strong claiming that it owns Belize despite the world noting that Belize is an independent nation and it’s people have full rights to independence.
At the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Community (ACP-EU) meeting in Abuja Nigeria on March 2000 the following was noted:
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 35/20 of 11 November 1980, which reaffirmed the inalienable right of the people of Belize to self-determination, independence and territorial integrity and called on all parties concerned to respect that right.
Calls upon both governments to continue their discussions to put into effect measures that will ease tensions along their border, and to establish a process for the early and definitive settlement of their differences in accordance with the principles and practices of the United Nations and with full respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Belize.
I want to bring you now to a most important note held at the Sixth Conference of Heads of States or Government of Non-Aligned Countries, held at Havana from 3 to 9 September 1979
Calls upon the parties concerned to respect the principle that the threat or use of force should not be applied to prevent that people of Belize from exercising their inalienable right to self-determination, independence and territorial integrity
Requests the relevant organs of the United Nations to take such actions as may be appropriate and as may be requested by the Administering Power and the Government of Belize in order to facilitate the attainment of independence by Belize and to guarantee its security and territorial integrity thereafter.
The above lines serve to show that the world signed not only to ensure Belize became an independent nation but to ensure its security thereafter, something that they have left on the roadside right after then finished that meeting.
What support looks like
On May 10 Time magazine noted that the USA sent a warship to defend a reef claimed by China; you read that right folks, a reef. Guatemala is claiming an entire nation and terrorizing an entire People and we get nothing. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Department of Defense spokesperson Bill Urban told Reuters that the USS William P. Lawrence’s maneuver near Fiery Cross Reef was to “challenge excessive maritime claims” in the South China Sea. It is the latest freedom of navigation operation from the U.S. in the disputed region.
China treats nearly every reef and shoal in the vital commercial waterway as its own, rebuffing overlapping territorial claims from the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. Although Washington has called for a diplomatic resolution to the disputes, it has recently challenged Beijing’s territorial ambitions with naval and air operations. Both nations have accused each other of militarizing the region.
I ask the world
- Where is the action telling Guatemala to stop using military invasions and aggression to terrorize Belize?
- Is Belize not being paid attention to because we do not have the level of resources that are needed to be defended? Remember when Iraq was to invade Kuwait how fast defense came for them?
- Where is our military support?
- Where is the defense of Belizeans?
- Where is the international body to support Belizeans as the Government of Belize installs Nazi like Nuremberg Laws to restrict Belizeans from traveling in their own country?
103rd ACP Resolution
In the ACP meeting April 25th and 27th, they decided again to write the same thing with minor changes as they did in 2000 instead of taking action to show that their words are meant to be taken seriously. It’s no wonder why Guatemala looks at all the notes around the world, laughs at them and wipes it’s ass with them after having a good laugh. The main difference in their note was the call to go to the ICJ, which today seems to be the single point of anything relating to the Belize Guatemala issue, why would that be? I smell a big fat rat.
Resolution of the 103rd session of the ACP Council of Ministers held in Dakar, Sengel From 26th to 27th April 2016
RECENT TENSIONS BETWEEN BELIZE AND GUATEMALA
The ACP Council of Ministers,
Meeting in Dakar, Sengel, from 26th to 27th April 2016
Recalling that the Republic of Guatemala continues to maintain territorial, insular and maritime claims against Belize, and that Belize wholly rejects such claims;
Noting with concern the recent trend of escalation of tensions along Belize’s border with the Republic of Guatemala that threatens peace and stability between these two sovereign States;
A. Affirms its commitment to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Belize;
B. Calls on Belize and the Republic of Guatemala to continue to abide fully by the agreement on a Framework for Negotiations and Confidence Building Measures of 2005, which commits both countries to refrain from threat or use of force and lays out a verification process to address border incidents under the auspices of the Organization of American States;
C. Welcomes the recent discussions that are taking place between Belize and the Republic of Guatemala to de-escalate the ongoing high-level of tensions and to return focus to build bilateral confidence;
D. Expresses its support for the call of Belize to establish a confidence-building measure between Belize and the Republic of Guatemala on the Sarstoon River that forms the southern boundary of Belize;
E. Urges both governments to hold, as early as possible the required national referenda to submit Guatemala’s claims to the International Court Justice for a final resolution in accordance with the Special Agreement of 2008 between the Governments of Belize and the Republic of Guatemala;
F. Calls on the international community, including the European Union, to support the effort of Belize and the Republic of Guatemala to seek a peaceful, final and just resolution to the dispute arising from Guatemalan claims over Belize’s territory ad, in particular, to support the facilitation role of the Organization of American States.
Dakar, 27th April 2016
Friday April 28th 2016
On Friday, instead of supporting Belizeans that yearly travel to the Sarstoon Island as a vigil by assigning a military group to go on the voyage the Government of Belize decided to implement what one can only see as a repeat of history from The Nuremberg Laws.
“This international unrest in the world would unfortunately seem to have given rise to the view amongst the Jews within Germany that the time has come openly to oppose Jewish interests to those of the German nation.
From numerous places vigorous complaints have been received of the provocative action of individuals belonging to this people, and the remarkable frequency of these reports and the similarity of their contents point to a certain system of operation.
…The only way to deal with the problem which remains open is that of legislative action.
The German Government is in this controlled by the thought that through a single secular solution it may be possible still to create a level ground [eine Ebene] on which the German people may find a tolerable relation towards the Jewish people. Should this hope not be fulfilled and the Jewish agitation both within Germany and in the international sphere should continue, then the position must be examined afresh.
The third [law] is an attempt to regulate by law [the Jewish] problem, which, should this attempt fail, must then be handed over by law to the National-Socialist Party for a final solution.
Behind all three laws there stands the National-Socialist Party and with it and supporting it stands the German nation.”
– The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, I, London, 1942, pp. 731-732
Pay attention to the two highlighted lines because they describe almost exactly what Dean Barrow noted in this video:
In this press release:
Government of Belize Places Temporary Restrictions on Movement in Belize’s Portion of the Sarstoon River for One Month
Belmopan. Friday April 29th, 2016. The Government of Belize announces that, after consulting with the Prime Minister, His Excellency the Governor General of Belize has made Regulations under Section 2 of the Public Safety Act, Chapter 142 of the Substaniative Laws of Belize, RE 2011. The Regulations prohibit persons and vessels, without lawful authority, from entering in Belize’s Portion of the Sarstoon River. The Regulations take effect from today and the restrictions will remain in force for one month.
Government advises that this course of action has become necessary in order to prevent any “commotion” or “threat to public safety” that might arise in consequence of the continuing tense and dangerous standoff between Belize and Guatemala over the Sarstoon, and the tipping point that could be caused by the unregulated insertion of members of the Belizean public into this very volatile mix.
During the one month period for which the restrictions are to last, it is expected that a diplomatic solution will be found to the problem, and that the solution will provide for safe passage of Belizean civilians along the Sarstoon River.
Public Safety Act
Public Safety (Prescribed Area) (Movement) (Restriction) Regulations
No. 42 of 2016
REGULATIONS made by the Governor-General, being satisfied that a state of civil commotion which threatens the public safety is likely to arise within the area prescribed in these Regulations, and after consultation with the Prime Minister, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 2 of the Public Safety Act, Chapter 142 of the Substantiative Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011, and all other powers thereunto him enabling.
(Gazetted 28th April, 2016)
1. These regulations may be cited as the
PUBLIC SAFETY (PRESCRIBED AREA)
2. In these Regulations –
“prescribed area” means the area specified in the Schedule hereunto.
3. No person shall, for a period of one month from the date of these Regulations coming into force:
(a) without lawful authority, enter into, move within or exit from the prescribed area or any part thereof;
(b) without lawful authority, operate any vehicle or vessel within the prescribed area; or
(c) carry out or threaten to carry out any act of intimidation, violence or other disorderly conduct, within, or in relation to, the prescribed area.
4. Every person who infringes or contravenes the provisions of regulation 3 commits and offense and i liable on the summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
5. These Regulations shall come into force on the 28th day of April 2016.
The area of the Sarstoon River within the territory of Belize, including the Sarstoon Island, starting from the mouth of the river at coordinates BN9500600 to BN9600600 and BN95005860 to BN96005860, and ending at the western end of the river at grid reference BN16805780
MADE by His Excellency, Sir Coalville N. Young,
Governor-General, this 28th day of April 2016
In this article we showed that Dean Barrow was all too happy to use Belizeans to show force and come out to rally against the PUP, the then “enemy of the state” in his eyes and things were all fine. But now that it is happening with him as enemy of the state Belizeans get their rights restricted.
In 2010 we made a warning that Belize was heading down a road to a place that we did not want to live in but nobody listened. Here is an excerpt from that warning:
We are riding down a road that leads us away from democracy and freedom. If we continue on this road, pretty soon we will be faced with a system of Police State / Dictatorship / Kleptocracy. What are those you ask? Well let me give you a quick rundown..
In 2011 we noted another warning that we had arrived, granted it was not fully activated but actions taken by the Government under Dean Barrow was slowly escalating.
Today, Belize is nothing more than a shadow of what it once was, a place where the people had much liberty, they had food to put on their table, children did not go to school with empty tummies and the poverty level was as low as you could get it in a developing nation. I’ve said this before, Belize is a nation with all the resources to be a major 2nd level player on the world stage, sadly the people that realize the benefits are doing more harm than good and have put personal gain before nation and people, heck even our Government is doing so.
Hon. Oscar Requena
Area Rep for Toledo West was among the crowd of BTV supporters and says that
[pullquote]it appears that Belize has ceded the Sarstoon to Guatemala given the actions by GOB.[/pullquote]
What they should have done instead
If the GOB was so concerned about the safety of the Belizean populace is to ensure that there was an military escort for BTV as well as invited international media to travel so the world can really see what Belizeans are facing by simply visiting a part of their nation..
All around the world Belizeans have been allowed to practice their right to peaceful demonstration against Guatemala except in their own nation.
Many local notes were made showing how the Nuremberg Law like policy would affect not only the Belize Territorial Volunteers from doing their yearly pilgrimage but that it would also affect the everyday life of all those people that live and do much-needed work in the affected area… Here are a few:
Dr. Joseph Palacio, Anthropologist
“Waters that we have fished in from ever since, Guatemala has taken them over completely so this affects both what our fishers can do, as well as it affects our diet because we rely on fish quite a bit. It was bad enough when there was still a belief among us that Sarstoon was the border, meaning that we would fish only close enough to the Sarstoon, although all the time the people from Sarstoon were coming across. But what has happened now with Guatemala practically closing the Sarstoon from us is that the area where we used to fish which use to be a little further away has been closed to us. And again, this is what I was saying earlier, that it has made quite an impact on our food, as well as what our fishers could be doing and this has happened only over the past few weeks, a week or so ago. And I don’t think that this has been expressed enough for the rest of Belize to understand.”
Pablo Mis, Program Office, MLA
“So the implications of the conflict that we have goes deeper and for instance, the assertion that Belizeans can’t go into certain area. That assertion, without the consent of people whose livelihood, whose identity as indigenous people relies on that is a contravention of international instruments such as the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. And I think this is a factor, an element that we must focus on and our government needs to draw more attention to that when we are looking for solutions to those areas. These are not just vacant seas, vacant waterways or vacant land. These are land that in its very essence, defines the diversity that we have in Belize and there is a commitment in the part of our communities along those borders to do our part in making sure that we continue to harmoniously exist with our neighbor without having to go through the process of suffering yet again a historical annexation from our land, from out territories. Those are the very things that we don’t want to see being repeated.”
Dr. Joseph Palacio, Anthropologist/Barranco Resident
“We also have to keep in mind that Guatemalan authorities stopped people from SATIIM from coming and doing their checks in the Sarstoon Temash National Park. What Belizeans fail to realize is that the Sarstoon Temash National Park was made for two indigenous peoples, the Maya, as well as the Garifuna. And also it is the second largest national park in our country. Now Guatemala has said that the management institute, SATIIM, cannot go and do checks. What that means is that there is now going to be raping of our resources in the southern part of our country similar to what has been taking place along the western part of the country. That is, that should not happen. It’s affecting again the livelihood, and as Pablo said, it’s affecting the identity of the people, particularly in the western part. If you are saying that they are also indigenous peoples who are further away in Guatemala as there are indigenous people in Belize and that these are people who’ve always felt free to go across, visit relatives for religious purposes and so on. However, it is not possible anymore and again, these are points that we the indigenous people can best emphasize because we are the ones feeling it immediately and we are doing so as Belizeans, first and foremost. And so we are informing the rest of the country that there are some serious issues that need to be attended to as early as possible.”
Pablo Mis, Program Coordinator, MLA
“It’s of course of paramount concern to the communities, the Maya communities along the border. The rising tension that we see is evidence of the cumulative actions that has been created as a result of the unfounded claim of Belize’s territory. Measures that are being put in place to resolve this claim is one that needs to go beyond the scope of merely defining a borderline. We have to keep in mind that along these borders, communities find themselves, indigenous communities whose very existence, their very identity is rooted in their ability to be free and to be able to traverse their lands without any fear and without any acts of intimidation from any parties. In that light then, it must be considered that the decisions and the actions that are done by governments and by citizens of both nations do have consequences on the day to day existence of communities on the ground. I must say that the communities along the border there have expressed a great level of uncertainty, a great level of discomfort, a lack of freedom to really be on those lands.”
Giovanni de la Fuente, Head, Northern Territorial Volunteers
Due to the weak position of our government, they have further increased the danger level for Belizeans, especially in the Sarstoon. If we would have been assertive from the get go and if we would have been occupying these areas, it would have been safer. I will tell you that due to the weak responses that we have been having over the past ten, fifteen years from the government of Belize, Guatemala has become emboldened. And so Sarstoon area is practically controlled by the Guatemalans as we speak today.
Well let me tell you something, the Foreign Minister has been drinking from a vial and it has his personality. He is not in mesh with the Belizeans as we speak. From my point of view, he is in a different field. When he says that the volunteers have been causing this problem, he is sadly mistaken. This problem has been in existence before volunteers became established.
As expected, Guatemala is all too happy that the Belizean Government has once again bowed down to appease them. Their reaction shows that Belize is the laughing stock of the world and the GOB today made an ass of itself by not only showing that they have given up Sarstoon but that Belize is no longer a free and Democratic nation, not that it ever really was.
Here is an article from Prensa Libre regarding the Belizean Nuremberg Law, note that they recognize where the border is:
The Government of Belize announced Friday its decision to restrict freedom of movement on their side of Sarstún river, which serves southern border with Guatemala, and prohibit access to any person or vessel that is without prior permission.
The Guatemalan Foreign Ministry reported that the communication from the Belizean Government was forwarded to the Commission on Sovereignty, where they will analyze the actions taken by that country.
An official position in response to the limitation that was implemented at the Sarstoon river could be released by next Monday.
This decision came after two men of Guatemalan nationality passed away Thursday in Belizean territory where they were allegedly conducting a drug transaction, according to the Foreign Ministry of Guatemala.
It is possible that this fact has no relation to the death last Wednesday of a minor in the border area of Sarstoon River (south of Belize), because it took place in Benque Viejo, an urban area very close to the western border Belize with Guatemala where no military presence.
The Guatemalan Foreign Ministry is now awaiting the forensic report, official sources told Efe, who were emphatic in pointing out that this is an “isolated incident” that has nothing to do with the death of the teenager in the so-called adjacency zone.
The tension between Guatemala and Belize rose sharply following last week’s death of a Guatemalan minor of 13 years in the so-called adjacency zone (not demarcated border) between the two countries by Belizean fire.
Guatemala responded by moving troops to the area and Belize, who said they acted in self-defense against a previous Guatemalan attack, asked the Organization of American States (OAS) to initiate an independent investigation into what happened.
The two countries maintain a territorial dispute over the Guatemalan claim about half of the territory of Belize, a country born of the colony that the British Empire formed de facto in the eighteenth century in that area and that was part of the Captaincy General instituted by the Spanish Empire in 1540 within the Viceroyalty of New Spain.
In closing I want to ask every Belizean to please start to read up on the history of the Guatemalan claim so that you can make an educated decision when the time comes for you to decide if we go to the ICJ to sign over half of Belize to Guatemala or not, because that day will come and you need to know the real facts so that you are not easily swayed by anybody selling you puss inna bag as we say in Belize.What people don’t realize is that once Sarstoon is gone, the rest of Belize is gone too. Sarstoon is just a test to see how people will react.
I leave you with a few important quotes…
Marcus Tullius Cicero
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.
Pastor Martin Niemöller
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
Revolutions don’t have to be violent but we need one.
Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life
Information is controlled because the free flow of truth is not always expedient for those wishing to maintain control.
John F. Kennedy
There is nothing in the record of the past two years when both Houses of Congress have been controlled by the Republican Party which can lead any person to believe that those promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line – no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth.
Here are some links to get you started:
- Commentary: The ICJ and the Belize-Guatemala issue: A den of strategy and deceit
- Did You Know – Central America
- Did you know …Why still a claim?
- Did you know …The Webster Proposal
- Now the Sarstoon has become Guatemala’s
- Belize Guatemala Dispute Settlement Boundary Claim
- Belize Guatemala Boundary Dispute II
- The Belize-Guatemala Conundrum
- 1977 email between UK and Guatemala on the state of Belize
- Belize Guatemala Dispute
- BELIZE, GUATEMALA AND THE OAS, THE POPPY SHOW ENTERS STANZA #2…AND WE’RE READY!
- Commentary: With OAS blessing, Belize acquiesces to Guatemala demands… as usual
- Carolyn Trench Sandiford on Belize – Guatemala – ICJ
- Hon. Julius Espat on Belize – Guatemala – ICJ
- THE ICJ AND GUATEMALA’S CLAIM TO BELIZE: A CASE OF SELF INTEREST OVER SOVEREIGNTY?
- Guatemalan Claim Part I
- Guatemalan Claim-Part II
- Guatemalan Claim-Part III
- Maritime Areas Act of 1992
- 18 Solid Reasons why Belize should not go to the ICJ
- Belize is at war and doesn’t know it
- Webster Proposal
- Godolphin Treaty