CITY BEAT: Terrorism and bananas
November 13th, 2009
By Kevin Osborne
Protesters will be ready to greet investors next week as Chiquita holds its annual stockholders meeting in downtown Cincinnati.
human rights groups — 8th Day Center for Justice and Witness for Peace
— will demonstrate in an effort to hold Chiquita executives accountable
for company payments made to terrorist groups in Colombia, payments the
groups allege led to the murders of thousands of peasants and workers
in the region.
In March 2007, Chiquita pleaded guilty to paying
a Colombian terrorist group (AUC) more than $1.7 million during a
six-year period, from 1997-2004. Under the terms of the plea agreement,
Chiquita will pay a $25 million criminal fine over five years.
U.S. Justice Department lists about 50 payments made by Chiquita after
the U.S. State Department designated the AUC as a terrorist
organization in 2001. Despite warnings from their lawyers, Chiquita
made at least 19 of the payments after the company voluntarily
disclosed the payments to Justice Department officials in April 2003.
compensation will be paid to the families of the victims,” an 8th Day
press release stated. “Join the demonstration in Cincinnati to hold
Chiquita accountable for its human rights crimes. Remind the Chiquita
shareholders that they are complicit in the crimes committed by the
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