This video from the USA says about itself:
This interview was done in Colombia in November 2006 by the US Labor Education in the Americas Project. Gloria works on a plantation outside of Bogota which produces flowers for Dole.
From British daily The Morning Star:
US firm charged over death squads
Wednesday 29 April 2009
THE relatives of Colombians said to have been slain by a right-wing death squad have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles which asserts that US corporation Dole bankrolled the militia.
The claimants are relatives of 51 men allegedly murdered by the notorious United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia, or AUC.
The victims were either involved in trade union organising or were small farmers fighting attempts by Dole to obtain their land to plant bananas, the suit claims.
In a statement, Dole said on Tuesday that it “categorically rejects the baseless allegations accusing the company of illegal activity in Colombia.”
But the claimants’ lawyer Terry Collingsworth claimed that Dole bosses made a total of about $10 million (£6.8m) in regular payments from 1997-2007 to local AUC commanders in order to “keep unions out of Dole’s banana plantations by murdering effective union leaders and using terror tactics to discourage workers from joining.”
Mr Collingsworth, who is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from Dole, declared that the transnational acted “with malice and oppression.”
A key witness for the claimants is jailed AUC commander Jose Gregorio Mangones, who demobilised as part of a peace deal with Colombia’s government and who has admitted to more than half the killings cited in the suit.
At least three other former senior AUC commanders have said that foreign banana companies operating in Colombia, including Dole and Chiquita, made regular payments to their militias.
The four commanders have confessed to ordering several thousand murders and specifically targeting union organisers and people allegedly sympathetic to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Chiquita was ordered to pay a $25m (£16.9m) fine by the US Justice Department after admitting to making regular payments to the AUC, which the State Department designated as a foreign terrorist organisation in September 2001.
Mr Collingsworth, who also represents claimants in the Florida court case against Chiquita, said that the claimants in the Dole case have asked to remain anonymous under pseudonyms because right-wing death squads continue to operate where they live.
Mr Collingsworth went on to say that the claimants would prove that Dole’s managers in the region were not “innocent bystanders paying extortion” but rather active partners in a “bloody conspiracy” to keep wage costs down.
Meanwhile, Colombia’s domestic intelligence agency has fired another 11 people in a scandal over illegal eavesdropping of judges, journalists and politicians.
The Dark Side of Plan Colombia: How the U.S. is Subsidizing Death and Drug Trafficking on Stolen Lands: here.