Belize’s Southern Animal Farm Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”
George Orwell’s Animal Farm

We all know the plot. Old Major a boar gathers the animals of the Manor Farm for a meeting in the big barn. He tells them of a dream he has had in which all animals live together with no human beings to oppress or control them. He tells the animals that they must work toward such a paradise and teaches them a song called “Beasts of England,” When he dies only three nights after the meeting, three younger pigs—Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer—formulate his main principles into a philosophy called Animalism.  They rebel and defeat farmer Jones and rename the farm – Animal Farm. Napoleon, the pig that emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after the rebellion, takes control and starts to act like humans do- sleeping on a bed and drinking whiskey. He trains nine puppies and turns them into his personal attack force. He makes alliances with the humans and starts acting like one, wearing clothes and walking upright. When the common animals peep inside the house where Napoleon is consorting with humans they cannot tell the difference between animals and humans. They query his behavior, and Squealer who is Napoleon’s propagandist makes all sorts of excuses on his behalf telling them that napoleon is looking after their best interest despite the fact that they are in effect hungry and cold. Eventually the animalism philosophy is dropped and its seven guiding principles are replaced by one…”all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

Now this is not a literature lesson it is just a comparison to our real larger than life Animal Farm superhero Greg Cho’c. Our very own Belizean Napoleon who has somehow managed to create his own Animalism Philosophy down in the Toledo District and carved out his own Animal Farm there. His however is not Animalism, its Communal-land-ism.

The similarities: Napoleon is the self-professed leader of all the common animals in Animal Farm. Greg has auto anointed himself the leader and undisputed champion of all the Indigenous Mayas in Toledo. He makes deals on their behalf. He is pretentious enough to bring matters to the Supreme Court on “their behalf” when in effect he has his ulterior motives and personal agendas. He continues to purport to manage the Sarstoon-Temash National Park and continues to solicit donations through his Satim Website.

Napoleon has his nine attack dogs to ensure that his will be done, using force if necessary to achieve this. Greg Cho’c has a group of aficionados who drive around the Maya communities intimidating the Maya Leaders and promising to bring the wrath of hell upon anyone who even dreams of opposing Greg’s philosophies. They were responsible for removing an Alcalde because he did not subscribe to Greg’s inequitable policies.

Napoleon had Squealer who furthered his propaganda. He told the Common Animals that Napoleon was looking after their best interest when it was blatantly obvious that in fact it was not so. This role is reserved for Cristina Coc who goes around furthering Greg’s propaganda and trying to convince the good people of Toledo’s indigenous community that Communal Land is the best thing that will ever happen to them apart from being alive. She and Greg tell the Mayas that oil drilling is a sin while they drink from the Holy Chalice.

What Greg and Cristina should be explaining to the people is why they are entitled to own their piece of land and live lavish lives while the people of rural Toledo remain oppressed and unable to own a small piece of the jewel. Greg and Cristina have their own vehicles and in Greg’s case an expensive one. Greg’s house is a mansion fit for a king and Cristina owns property in San Pedro Ambergris Caye and her immediate family own in excess of 80 acres in several parts of Toledo and a House and Lot Number 96 in Hopeville. Why don’t they want our less fortunate brothers and sisters own their own piece of land? A cry from the wilderness is sounding a warning to these pseudo leaders…the people are watching you.