By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Despite warnings from the Government of Belize, members of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), are heading down the Sarstoon River to the Gracias a Dios border marker.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Thursday, warning the volunteers to not go on the excursion because of possible conflicts with the Guatemalan military forces who patrol the area. GOB also said that it would offer no protection to those who venture on the trip.
BTV leader Will Maheia maintains that the border excursions are critical in asserting Belize’s sovereigty over the area, especially with the ongoing Guatemalan claim to Belize’s territory. Maheia also said that today, Saturday marks one year since some 40 Belizeans were taken out of the country and imprisoned by the Guatemalan military on a similar excursion.