Colombian Peasants Take on Irish Multinational, and Met With Violence

Source: In These Times
by Tomas O’Loingsigh

“There’s a good chance your latest delivery arrived in a box produced by the Irish multinational Smurfit Kappa Group. A leading producer of cardboard packaging globally, Smurfit Kappa owns 68,000 hectares of forestry plantations it intensively cultivates for paper production. Almost 99% of that land is in Colombia. The company’s Dublin headquarters told In These Times it is committed to restoring ​’a healthy coexistence to the area and the communities,’ but locals say the company’s vast landholdings are endangering both. Campesino activist Andrea Sierra (who asked for a pseudonym in fear of retaliation), from Cajibío, tells In These Times that, because of Smurfit Kappa’s presence, local peasants have lost much of the land needed for growing food.” (05/25/23)