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June 02, 2011

Following her participation in the demonstration yesterday on the Belcan Bridge today Yolanda Shackron received news that she would be arrested and charged for accosting a police officer. However, before she was detained Schakron headed to the Queen Street Police Station. While Schakron was unable to speak with the media upon her arrival, her colleague Joan Sutherland told us what apparently led to the situation this morning.

Joan Sutherland – Activist
“What happened yesterday when they told us to get off the bridge or else we were going to be removed by force, the police came and started pushing us and one of them had pushed Ms. Schakron on her breast and she just pushed his hand away and they are charging her for assault. One of them hit me, this is the mark they left on me, there was a lot of abuse going on for instance the little girl that the police pulled down and she got in her head, she went to the doctor, the doctor sent her here for a form from the police department to fill out to do a complaint and they refused to give her the form, so why charge Ms. Schakron for common assault?

Dalila Ical - Reporter
Do you think she is being singled out?

Joan Sutherland – Activist
“Yes she is, definite, she is. We are the only organization along with COLA that stand up for any injustice that is happening in Belize.”

After she was processed at the police station, Schakron was not charged. Her attorney, Anthony Sylvestre spoke with Love News.

Anthony Sylvester – Attorney at law
“The officers they have decided after having indicated that she come to the police station, and starting the whole process of finger printing and processing which includes finger printing and doing mug shot, they have decided that they will not be pressing any charges at this stage but if they decide at a later date then they will call her and they will detain her again which is ridiculous. It sounds rather funny but it is something very serious, it is a level of indignity, there is a level of humiliation, of ridicule as ascribed to someone being charged for an offence, with someone being detained at a police station and being processed.”


#410637 - 06/25/11 10:19 PM Re: COMMUNITY ACTIVIST BRIEFLY DETAINED BY POLICE [Re: Marty]  
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Fishmonger Offline
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Can you guys just shoot the enviro nazis?

#410638 - 06/25/11 11:04 PM Re: COMMUNITY ACTIVIST BRIEFLY DETAINED BY POLICE [Re: Marty]  
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fishmonger, I'm not sure what you mean but this protest by COLA has nothing to do with the environment, nor does it have anything to do right wing organisations who killed millions of people based solely on their race or heritage and whom the allies fought bravely to vanquish. So I'm completely confused about this post referring to enviro nazis? Perhaps you could explain.

It seems to be a very odd term to use in this context.
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#410699 - 06/26/11 10:00 PM Re: COMMUNITY ACTIVIST BRIEFLY DETAINED BY POLICE [Re: Marty]  
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I read that COLA is an enviro activist group against drilling for oil in Belize. Any such group I am extremely suspicious of.

#410702 - 06/27/11 07:34 AM Re: COMMUNITY ACTIVIST BRIEFLY DETAINED BY POLICE [Re: Marty]  
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More specifically, COLA is a wide range advocacy group who are part of a coalition of groups against off shore drilling and drilling in protected areas on the mainland.

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#410730 - 06/27/11 11:00 AM Re: COMMUNITY ACTIVIST BRIEFLY DETAINED BY POLICE [Re: Marty]  
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Lets all go solar yipeee. Cooks and nuts.

#410752 - 06/27/11 06:42 PM Re: COMMUNITY ACTIVIST BRIEFLY DETAINED BY POLICE [Re: Fishmonger]  
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To quote my son: "Whats wrong with these people dad, don't they realize that the environment is all we have in Belize". Those who do not respect our environment should find another place to live or do business. Those who do not respect the environment are working against the good of all. It is possible to have development that is environmentally sound. It is called sustainable development and right now San Pedro is a prime example of Unsustainable Development. Those who do not want to help turn around this trend would be better off finding another place to abuse as we intend to restore sanity to our developments. The bad apples will leave and the legitimate developers that will do a good job can take over. Because of government intimidation most remain silent, a few like COLA stand up and are heard. If you think they are enviro-nazis, you are sadly on the wrong side of the truth and are totally brainwashed by those who profit from environmental degradation.

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