By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
The Belize Grass Roots Empowerment Association (BGYEA) held a membership meeting on Sunday morning at Harmonyville to inform members
about the association’s upcoming case to answer for trespassing at the Supreme Court.
The meeting drew a crowd of just over 100 members who all had to cross the buffer zone to get to the meeting area because of lack of roads in that particular area.
BGYEA President, Nigel Petillo
informed the members present that by crossing the buffer zone to get to the meeting they had all broken the law, which, states that it is
illegal to walk or fly over the buffer area.
Petillo told The Reporter that the meeting was important to keep their membership informed about the status of BGYEA’s litigation as well as to deal with internal matters such as land ownership and fees.
Petillo said that the association usually meets monthly but they had missed
a few meetings up until Sunday.
Members present expressed their support for Petillo and the association and encouraged the BGYEA leader to remain headstrong. They also expressed frustration with the Lands Department in getting titles for their land and all decided to keep aggressively
pursuing their titles.
BGYEA will return to court at 10 a.m. on Monday with its attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd who has taken on the case free of cost to the association. Before the meeting was over, members made contributions to cover the travel cost to court for Petillo and other
members of BGYEA. Several members pledged to be present at court on Monday.