‘Help keep their properties among themselves’.
This is an open – but very necessary and urgent appeal - to all St. Martin political leaders, including Prime-minister Marcel Gumbs, President Aline Hanson, Members of Parliament, Members of the Collectivity, land-surveyors , real-estate agents, notaries, banks, political activists, bloggers, St. Martin radio and tv-talk show hosts and all others involved with- and concerned about land- and property issues, affecting native St. Martiners.
Increasingly - St. Martiners are losing properties in a variety of ways.
Either through sales on the open market to outsiders, who then make sure to maintain- and to develop these acquired properties exclusively among their own kind.
Just drive around for instance in the Cul-de -Sac area in the North- and observe a new form of gated ‘South-Africa’ being established in the most beautiful areas of the island – and you will see where we are heading as a society.
However also – among a certain ethnic Caribbean group a very powerful ‘syndicate’ has emerged, which slowly- but surely is buying up auctioned off properties left- right and center on the island only to be preserved- and to be developed for the benefit of their own ethnic circles.
Although, we can not blame these ‘outsiders’ for doing what they are doing in that regards - one does not have to be a ‘rocket-scientist’ to understand, where this all is leading to and where eventually it will leave native St. Martin people – becoming ‘squatters’ at best.
Clearly – this process of ‘outsiders’ increasingly owning land on our island - is a form of a peaceful - but equally very effective form of St. Martin people becoming ethnically cleansed, or becoming victims of a silent genocide by substitution – nothing more, nothing less !
While - in principle, we do not object to the right of people to sell their property – it should also be noted that a people without land, in fact does not exist as such and that therefore in our country’s best interest this should not be allowed to happen just like that – without some kind of restriction or pre-conditions.
The time is long overdue - that on this island, we also find ways and means to prevent native St. Martiners, un-necessarily losing their properties to non-St. Martiners.
In this regard, we must commend very highly the Soualiga Grassroots People Movement for focusing all its attention and energy exposing this very dangerous threat to the very existence of the native St. Martin People that is taking place on the island.
Just for the record.
Although, our St. Martin Grassroots People Movement still regrets the process that led to the formation of the Soualigan Grassrooters - in principle we agree very much thus-far with most its positions on issues effecting our people from the perspective of preserving the native, indigenous St. Martin People.
For now – our movement strongly recommends all those mentioned at the beginning of this open letter to do whatever it takes to prevent properties owned by St. Martiners UN-NECESSARILY and without pre-conditions ending up in the hands of no-St. Martiners.
While – at the moment – there might be no laws, nor legislation protecting the property ownership of St. Martiners – we will not accept any excuses for not at least IMMEDIATELY – creating a new MINDSET and WILLINGNESS – that eventual will lead towards legislation as proposed above.
It simply is UN-ACCEPTABLE that the small-scale native, indigenous St. Martin community can not be protected against being ‘gobbled up’ by outsiders who flood the island and have all kinds of advantages in their favor to simply de-facto take over our land.
In the meantime, we recommend all notaries involved in the sale of properties belonging to natives, to call in family-members to give them the first serious options to buy the property in question BEFORE preparing any sale to non-St. Martiners.
It simply is un-acceptable, that notaries and others collaborate with certain family-members, who want to, or who are financially forced to sell family land - to sell to outsiders – BEFORE first making an offer to their own siblings, cousins, or other family members.
For any notary to collaborate in any sale, bypassing family-members, is completely, un-professional, un-ethical, immoral and goes completely against the tradition of our ancestors.
Let it therefore be known that notaries and others who participate in this type of activities, will be exposed and held accountable for in fact contributing towards the ultimate genocide by substitution of the St. Martin people.
While we will carefully monitor and report on these developments, we recommend people to also share these kinds of sales which deliberately circumvent family members getting first option with the public and/or with all pro- St. Martin activists.
After all – ST. MARTIN LIVES MATTERS TOO.