Song In Back Ground; "Bluefields The Land We Love" Click here for lyrics.
February 1,2004-Bluefieds, RAAS-Governor Cox has personally filed his appeal with the appeal court in Bluefields and is still holding out in the Governor's office while others are keeping vigil. In a telephone conversation with the Governor, he expresses his sincere gratitude to all the Caribbean coast citizens who have called and written to him with their support. "So far we are standing by to see how the appeal court will rule" he says. We hope they do the right thing. The Governor is concerned as to how the appeal court may rule because the judges term who are currently on the bench expires February 10, 2004 (2 sandinistas and 3 liberals). This is the time when every one is looking to be re-elected. This situation could be a little tricky if the judges put their personal gain above the law of justice, especially the judges from the liberal party.
Sources told Bluefieldspulse that Rayfield Hodgson may be in the Miami area as they believed he took a flight out early yesterday morning on American Airlines.
The Governor said he was filled with joy to see so many people in the park on January 29 rallying for him. He said he had never seen so many people from all walk of life concentrated in one place. The Governor said their were Blacks, Miskitos, Sumos, Ramas, Garifunas and Mestizos all in one place protesting on my behalf. He said it was a good feeling. Our war song he said as he sung the chorus is "Bluefields The Land We Love" Everyone in Bluefields knows this song by now as I have not stopped playing it. It's the song we play to go into battle.
NOTE: The national news paper La Prensa reported that their were only 100 people protesting in Kings' park on January 29. This number is incorrect and the news paper has not rectified it. The reporter reported on when the police initially escorted Alejandro Mejia to the Governor's building (pictured in the article below). It was just a little after 12PM when the multitude descended upon Kings' park, more than two thousand.
All Photos courtesy of Curt Myers.
The Sleeping Giant Has Been Awaken
January 29-Bluefields, RAAS-Today Alejandro Mejia, the council member hand picked by Rayfield Hodgson to replace the people’s Governor Mr. Guy Cox, was escorted into the Governor’s office by a unit of the police force. Gov. Cox immediately asked him to leave and told him that until the Supreme Court says otherwise, he was still the people’s governor. Though Mr. Mejia was able to enter the building, he was not able to enter the governor’s office. So he sat in the receptionist area until 2PM at which time the police escorted him out of the building.
This prompted the people to shout:
The crowd shouted at Mr. Mejia. He was told that Rayfield Hodgson was using him, like a puppet. They asked him where were the others who elected him and where was Rayfield Hodgson. Of course, Mr. Hodgson did not show himself and has not come near the governor’s office for the past 4 days.
It is estimated that over two thousand people descended upon Kings’ park when they heard that Alejandro Mejia was being escorted to the governor’s office. Kings’ park was full to the capacity with people from all walks of life: teachers, fishermen, nurses, students, housewives, and children. They came from all over: Pearl Lagoon, Tasba Pauni, Rama Key, Kukra Hill, and Corn Island.
The people came shouting slogans, “no fear they say, no more, the sun has risen.” They used firecrackers to lively up the protest. Car tires were set on fire. The police put the first tire out, but the multitude was ready with another two. The fire trucks were called in to put the tires out, but one protester assured them that they would not get through. She deliberately lay down across the street, and the fire trucks retreated. When the people’s governor looked out his office window, he was amazed and ecstatic. The expression on his face was one of satisfaction to see so many people in the burning sun willing to give all they have to make sure justice would prevail.
Brooklyn Rivera, head of Yatama party sent a delegation made up of three Yatama council members to deliver a message to Gov. Cox. Sources said the message was that the Yatama members Dayne Cash and Melbourne Jackson from Corn Island and another who voted against Gov. Cox were dismissed from the party. Sources also said Gov. Cox was told that those disciplined council members acted on their own account and not under orders from the party.
The people are keeping vigil in Kings’ park and promised another rally tomorrow. I once heard Rayfield Hodgson said on the radio that it is not worth marching to protest for anything because it made no difference and achieve nothing. Perhaps, he already knew what he was planning and scheming in the dark of night.
Mr. Hodgson you stand corrected. Today the people showed you that marching and rallying together do make a difference. Together as one we can move mountains.
Outside the office of Gov. Cox keeping watch to make sure Rayfield and Alenjandro Mejia don't get in
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