The Belize Territorial Volunteers are planning another ‘Clearing Our Border’ expedition this weekend. The group says it is their way of taking a stance in showing Guatemala and the rest of the world that Belize is a sovereign nation. Wil Maheia of the BTV explained the route they will be taking this coming Saturday.
This weekend part of our planned activity was to visit the three border markers. So far we had visited Aguas Turbias and Gracias a Dios. So the other boarder marker, which is the third one, is Garbutt Falls. This weekend, along with our counterparts from the rest of the country, Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize District, Belmopam, Stann Creek, and Toledo, we will be going to visit Garbutt Falls. As you know Garbutt Falls is located near the Immigration Building in Benque, so there’s not going to be much machete work. But, as we understand, it is very dirty and filthy, so we’ll be doing some cleaning up around there.
Usually our expeditions average around a hundred, so we’re expecting nothing less now, even with some rains and some concerns out of the Stann Creek section. I believe we’ll have our hundred mark. We expect to get around a hundred or a little more.
In a press release issued by the BTV this afternoon, they described the trip as a historic border protection initiative. We asked Maheia what this means.
We want to ensure the Belizean people that as part of our history, when we got our independence, the entire world recognized the three markers where our borderline lies. There’s a straight line between each of them. There’s a straight line from Gracias a Dios to Garbutts Falls, and there’s a straight line from Garbutts falls to Aguas Turbias. Those markers are history, and that’s why we’re going there again, to show our solidarity with Belize,and to show the world that had recognized our boarders, that indeed we have a boarder and a borderline..
It’s certainly not too late to hop on board with the organization as they head to Garbutt Falls. For persons interested in joining the initiative, here’s how you can do so.
We will be gathering at Macal River Park in San Ignacio, and we will depart from Macal River Park at 9 o’clock, and we’ll caravan towards the Garbutts Falls marker. I’d like to invite everybody who’s driving to let us meet at Macal River Park in San Ignacio, and from there we will drive to Garbutt Falls.
Again, the group will leave on Saturday morning at 9am, from the Macal River Park in San Ignacio.