Banana land – blood, bullets & poison

Demonstrators shout as they hold Guatemalan national flags and a picture of former Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz, during a protest against Guatemala's President Otto Perez in Guatemala City, Guatemala. © Josue Decavele

A longstanding system of exploitation originated with the political manipulations of agribusiness in the former Banana Republics. From the massacre of thousands of protesting banana workers by the Colombian Military at the behest of the United Fruit Company, to the coup that overthrew Guatemalan president, Jacobo Arbenz, and to recent payments to paramilitary death squads by Chiquita; political meddling by the fruit companies has always had fatal consequences.

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