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Judi Lynn

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Thu Oct 11, 2018, 12:02 AM Oct 2018

How to steal land the size of a small country and get away with it Part II


by Adriaan Alsema October 10, 2018

Colombia’s palm oil sector has been among the main beneficiaries of the mass dispossession of land during the country’s armed conflict. Now their former federation chief is in charge of land restitution.

President Ivan Duque reportedly appointed former Fedepalma director Andres Augusto Castro as chief of the Land Restitution Unit, the government agency in charge of returning land to farmers who say their plots were illegally dispossessed.

According to the National Center for Historical Memory, victims who were displaced have requested the restitution of more than 3 million acres of land, an area the size of Belgium, they say was dispossessed by palm oil and banana companies, drug traffickers, guerrillas and ranchers.

Sell me your land or I will buy it off your widow.

Colombian proverb


When the son of former Bogota Mayor Jaime Castro was the chief of Fedepalma, multiple businessmen he represented were jailed for aligning with death squads and the military to displace farmers and steal their land.

More:
https://colombiareports.com/how-to-steal-land-the-size-of-a-small-country-and-get-away-with-it-part-ii/
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