They face the Supreme Court next week, but the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) will not be alone as they seek to overturn an injunction barring their corn-planting project in the Harmonyville buffer zone.
Today president Nigel Petillo gave thanks for the support of fellow organizations that have rallied to BGYEA’s aid.
“We have always taught and knew the BGYEA bring forth, national issues to have the support of the different unions and organizations, it is about time. We want to push the idea that every Belizean should be able to own a piece of land, to access resources that will impact their lives and have them been able to survive in this country. So, while BGYEA is pushing this idea, I am hoping that not only the government will hear and understand us each year, but the citizens of Belize need to understand the importance of owning land, what land can do for your lives and the fact that we should make certain demands and have access to certain resources that could develop us a people”.
The “Plant Di Corn” Rally will take place on Saturday in Belize City at the Battlefield Park, and Petillo expects that the ordinary citizenry will participate.
Nigel Petillo: “We plan to see how we could get people out from all walks of this nation, now that the PSU and the other entities are doing their mobilizations just now. So we expect to see a huge turnout at battlefield on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. I want to remind Belizeans that we will be having entertainment from the Association for Local Artists with different DJs and guest speakers from around this country, different businesses that have been supporting us. We have to say thanks. However, we still have some buses that we have to raise funds and if anything you can help, please contact me at my number 626 61 68″.
Reporter: “Are you still determined to plant corn in the roadside?
Nigel Petillo: “We have to plant caan! Dih caan haf tu gae plant! Rose haf tu gae bil, the boffa haf tu be maintained, pipl need fuh eat, caan haf tu go eena the grong!”