Indian Creek counter-protest

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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2022. 6:20 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: Earlier in the day, villagers in Indian Creek, Toledo District, protested against their local leaders, namely those of the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA).

According to PGTV, signs carried by protesters called the Village Leaders, believed to be aligned with the MLA/TAA, were “selfish and rude” towards the visiting Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Villagers also indicate that the position of the deputy does not reflect the feelings of all villagers, as many were anticipating the historic visit.

Indeed, PGTV reports that the size of today’s protest was several times larger than Friday’s, indicating a heavily divided village.

But the opportunity was missed as the cocoa farm that was to host the Cambridges lost out to another at the Maya Center in the Stann Creek district.

The village is in dispute with Flora and Fauna International (FFI) over land which the latter claims as private and the former claims it is their traditional space for village activity and livelihood.

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