The Cambridges have reportedly canceled a visit to the Indian Creek village in Belize following anti-colonialism protests by the local Indigenous community
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Prince William and Kate Middleton were forced to cut short a visit to meet indigenous villagers in Belize after a furious protest, reports say.
The villagers protested against colonialism and were angry that the Cambridge’s helicopter would land on their soccer field.
It’s off to a bad start as the royal couple arrive in the Caribbean today in a charm offensive, where they will visit Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica.
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The Cambridges’ plan was to go to Belize first and take over a sustainable cocoa farm, they say.
The Akte’iL Ha cocoa farm is in the foothills of the Mayan Mountains, but the indigenous community in the village of Indian Creek began protesting, seeing the visit as a case of colonialism and an insult to them.
While the plan for the Cambridges to land their helicopter on their football field without consultation was a particularly complicating point.
It was part of an ongoing legal battle over communal land rights and now the Cambridges have had to cancel the visit. The Daily Mail reported.
The village youth leader, Dionisio Shol, is said to have said that the way the visit was handled raised the issue of colonialism.
He said: “For us it really hits at home because of the treatment. The organizer said we have to let them use the soccer field and that people have to come to our village and it has to look good.
“But they didn’t want to reveal who. At one point someone said it was Prince William coming to our village. That’s when the first problem appeared. These are high caliber people, we respect them, but they also have to show respect to the community leaders. Giving orders to church leaders didn’t sit well with the community.”
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Police are said to have refused them protests during the planned visit for security reasons, so villagers held a demonstration with banners reading “Prince William Leave Our Country” and “The Colonial Legacy of Theft Continues with Prince and FFI”.
The people of Indian Creek, which has fewer than 1,000 residents, have been at odds with Flora and Fauna International (FFI), which owns another controversial property near the sustainable farm, and William has been a patron of the charity – the youngest king – since 2020 , who supports the organization that started with George Vl.
The indigenous community is fighting with the FFI, which wants to protect ecosystems, and the Belizean authorities for the right to land lost in colonial times.
Of particular concern to villagers is 12,000 acres of land that FFI agents have told them is private property and not for community use.
The indigenous Q’eqchi Maya community said they had not learned about William and Kate and decided to protest.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-william-scrap-caribbean-visit-26505953 Kate and William decide not to visit the Caribbean after furious anti-colonialism protests