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February 10 2012

Mayan people battle oil giants as Belize's rainforests threatened


Forest communities are fighting increasing incursions onto their land by US oil companies. Now the Belizean government is seeking to reverse a court ruling preventing them allowing oil exploration, logging or mining. Robin Llewellyn reports from Belize

In a wooden hall built on stilts in the Belizean rainforest a man is speaking in Qeqchi, a language common among the Maya on both sides of the Guatemala-Belize border: 'When we are kept in the dark, when we are kept like in a pot, we are like chickens, and those who intend to deny us our rights are putting on the salt and the onion - all the seasonings - to cook us... And thats what they want.

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