William and Kate cancel their visit to the cocoa farm «kleinezeitung.at


William and Kate travel through several countries in Central America and the Caribbean to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary.

11:07 am, March 20, 2022

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Medienberichten zufolge hatten Bewohner des Dorfes am Freitag gegen den für Sonntag geplanten Besuch demonstriert. Auf Bildern waren Menschen mit Plakaten zu sehen, auf denen unter anderem stand: "Prinz William, verlasse unser Land." Der Protest richtete sich den Berichten zufolge dagegen, dass für den Besuch eine Kakaofarm ausgesucht worden war, die Verbindungen zu Flora and Fauna International (FFI) hat.

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Duchess Kate and Prince William arrive in Belize
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The British Prince William (39) and his wife Duchess Kate (40) had to cancel a visit to the Caribbean right at the start of their trip because of protests. As Kensington Palace confirmed on Saturday, the planned visit to a cocoa plantation in Belize, Central America, was “moved to another location” due to “sensitive matters relating to the community in Indian Creek”.

According to media reports, residents of the village demonstrated on Friday against the visit planned for Sunday. Pictures showed people with placards that read, among other things: “Prince William, leave our country.” The protest was reportedly directed against the fact that a cocoa farm with ties to Flora and Fauna International (FFI) had been chosen for the visit.

There is a land dispute between the conservation organization that William has sponsored and the local indigenous population. “You have to understand that this is part of the colonial legacy,” mayor Mateo Chub told local TV station Channel 5. There was also anger, according to the reports, that the Royals’ helicopter landed on the local soccer field without consulting the community should.

Since Saturday, William and Kate have been traveling through several countries in Central America and the Caribbean on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II (95) on the occasion of her 70th throne anniversary. The planned visit to the cocoa plantation would have been one of the first events of the eight-day trip, which will also take the couple to the Bahamas and Jamaica. The Caribbean state of Barbados broke away from the British crown almost four months ago and declared it a republic.




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