Indian Creek Villagers Protest in Belmopan Against Alleged Misrepresentation by Maya Leaders Alliance

Indian Creek Villagers Protest in Belmopan Against Alleged Misrepresentation by Maya Leaders Alliance

Residents of Indian Creek Village, Toledo, are up in arms and say the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcalde’s Association are misrepresenting the community. This morning, several dozen villagers made the hours-long journey from the southern community to voice their concerns on the steps of the National Assembly Building in Belmopan. The group gathered with placards and signs expressing frustration with a recent court case filed against the government by the two entities. Reporter Vejea Alvarez tells us more.

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Residents of Indian Creek Village took to the steps of the National Assembly building in Belmopan today expressing opposition to the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association. Several dozen villagers having traveled hours from their southern community wielded placards and voiced their frustration over what they say is a misrepresentation of their community’s interest. 

Ernesto Choc, Chairman, Indian Creek: “As a resident of Indian Creek we have all right to elect who we need to elect that can run our community better. This alcalde back and forth issue now has been creating a big chaos, creating a huge problem in the community of Indian Creek and it’s not bringing peace, it’s not bringing unity with the community but what they’re doing is separating, dividing our community. Not just one or two people, the majority of the village elected the village council and they elected the Alcalde who they think can work for the community.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: The controversy stems from a recent court case filed by the MLA and TAA against the government over the Attorney General’s removal of the community’s former Alcalde and deputy Alcalde in January. The groups asserted the removal was executed solely upon the village council’s recommendation. However the community’s chairman Ernesto Chuc says today’s gathering sought to paint a stark difference. 

Ernesto Choc, Chairman, Indian Creek: “I heard that MLA and TAA are saying that the village council is elected the Alcalde by itself which is not so. So this is the message that I really want to send to Miss Christina and Mr.Pablo Mis and the TAA leave Indian Creek alone. So we have to do whatever we want to do in our village and we don’t want people come outside from different villages. So they don’t have anything to say in our village.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Approximately 90% of the village united to say only a handful of the villagers support for former Alcalde. One vocal resident, Anselma Cholom, says their main grievance centers around the former leaders obstructing the community’s development. 

Anselma Choc, Resident, Indian Creek Village: “These are the same faces that didn’t want the prince. And these are the same faces that are telling the government you must consult with us for any road you want to build, for anything you want to come into our village you must consult with us and then we have our electricity that was recently inaugurated in October they tried to stop the inauguration.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Last week the MLA and the TAA applied to the High Court for permission to bring judicial review proceedings because according to the MLA spokesperson, Christina Coc, it was the will of the villagers. But the villagers denied being consulted today.

Resident: “Let TAA get all their facts together before they come to court on our behalf if that’s what they claim. But we didn’t give the consent to come to court.” 

Resident: “We stand strong as a village to elect who we want as our leader in our village and she cannot come and spoon feed us with what we don’t want and she will not give us what we don’t want in our community and our village.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: The villagers are demanding the MLA and TAA desist from proceeding with court action. It is their hope today’s demonstration will send a loud enough message but if that call falls on deaf ears the Chairman says the villagers will not give up.

Donicio Sam, Resident, Indian Creek Village: “We have to come to the government again so we are not going to leave it like this if the government doesn’t hear. But that’s why we are here at the front of the National Assembly to about two hours that was on the permit so we just want to pass this message to the people of Belize, to the government also, that they have to look into this. We need assistance with the government. We are tired of problems.”

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