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Guatemalan Truckers Protest at the Western Border

Local authorities met today to discuss the ongoing protests at the western border area. Yesterday and today, the western entrance into Belize was blocked since eight o’clock in the morning. Correspondent, Moises Martinez, went back to the area today and spoke to some of the truckers in the area who say that the blockage is their way of protesting the significant increase in fees. Love News understands that the truckers who come to purchase corn and other commodities from Spanish Lookout are here two to three times per week. Each trip requires Covid-19 testing which costs them plus they are now required to be escorted by a Customs personnel which is an additional overhead expense for them. The Guatemalan drivers are now asking that the prices due to their frequent visits be revisited. Up to news time tonight we were yet to get an update on the decisions coming out of today’s meeting. We are following this story and understand that it is a situation that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the lead in resolving.