From Proud Rio Hondo to Old Sarstoon

Sunday, August 16th 2015 was a historic day in Belizean history, as over 120 Belizeans travelled to the Sarstoon Island to plant flags to show that the island is Belize’s and no Guatemalan claim can change that.  The day started off by travelling to Punta Gorda to board Belizeans Vessels as they embarked on their Historic journey.  We share with  you some Patriotic clips of that excursion.

Host Carlos Santos: “We are in Punta Gorda. The gateway to our historic trek to down south the Sarstoon where we want to show our solidarity with our country and vlcsnap-2015-08-20-16h13m27s228aspirations of our people to maintain sovereignty over what is rightfully ours. “

Wendy Axillou: “The entire country of Belize is beautiful and it’s up to us to preserve it and keep it for us Belizeans. If we don’t show interest in our National matters then how can we expect outsiders to do for us what we’re not willing to do for ourselves. I feel ecstatic being here, it’s always been a dream of mine, ever since the territorial volunteers began their border missions for me to join one, and I’ve never been able to do it, this is my first one and I wouldn’t be anywhere else I wouldn’t change it for the world. This is a historic moment!”

Paco Smith: “I’m very excited about the trip. I believe that it is something that is absolutely necessary, irrespective of the cautions that has been put forth by the powers of being. It’s critical that Belizeans step up to the mic and do what is right, as long as we know that we’re within the rights and the rules of the constitution, and that we have a say in this matter.” vlcsnap-2015-08-20-16h13m31s532

“My name is Loriane Catcho Arzu and I am from Punta Gorda.”
Host Carlos Santos: ‘What are you doing here?’
Loriane Catcho Arzu “Well I come to see, go to Sarstoon, I haven’t been there yet.”
Host Carlos Santos: ‘Why do you want to go?’
Loriane Catcho Arzu “Well, we’re all Belizeans, we’re from PG, and I’ve been hearing about Sarstoon from I was a little girl so I’m so glad that I get to go and see what is going on over there.”vlcsnap-2015-08-20-16h13m36s066

Host Carlos Santos: ‘You’re going there in solidarity with the group that’s going down there to show that this island belongs to us and we don’t have to ask permission to land’
Volunteer 3:
“We don’t need to ask for permission!”
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 Host Carlos Santos: Mistah Guest, you come way from Crooked Tree. Welcome. What do you like about what we’re doing here?’

George Guest: “I love it! This is Belizean soil. Belizean so reunited by the British Government, and the Belize Government. Not Guatemalan government!”

 Volunteer 5: “Because that island over there is ours. These waters, they belong to Belize and we’re only here to make them know that that island is ours. Peacefully we come.”vlcsnap-2015-08-20-16h14m24s242
Host Carlos Santos: ‘And we have a right to come here.’
Volunteer 5: ” Exactly, we’re determined to show the entire country that that island belongs to Belize.”
Host Carlos Santos: ‘Yes, and I think that the entire country is watching you, listening to you, watching us, and sympathizing and agreeing with us that this belongs to us and we have a right to be here.’
  Volunteer 5: “Of course they are! I know everybody can’t make it but I know that there are thousands of Belizeans who wish they could be here!”

 Nigel Petilo:”My fellow Belizeans, distinguished guests, it’s an honor and a privilege to be here with you all. Please lets all stand at attention as we proudly sing our National Anthem.”

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