Peasant farmers launch series of occupations on Socfin’s plantations
Peasant farmers deprived of their lands launch a series of occupations on Socfin’s plantations in Cameroon, Liberia, Cambodia and Côte d’Ivoire from now until the annual shareholder meetings of the Socfin group (27 May) and the #Bolloré group (4 June).
“These lands were stolen from us. We come now to take them back and occupy them until an agreement with Bolloré and #Socfin is reached.” Along with Michel Essonga, 6,000 Cameroonian peasants have had their forests destroyed and seen 40,000 ha of their land appropriated by Socapalm, a plantation controlled by Socfin. Tomorrow, the occupation of the plantation in Dibombarri marks the first in a series of actions that will take place in Cambodia next week, then in #Liberia and #Cote_d’Ivoire. Brought together by the NGO ReAct, the peasants affected by the abuse of the same transnational corporation across the world have decided to unite and pressure the company to respect their rights.