Protesters occupy Dutch farm in Costa Rica

14th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

More than three hundred farmers have occupied Tierras Nuevas, a Dutch farm in Costa Rica. Owned by 54 Dutch investors, the land is used to grow beans and basic grains.

Activists have put down plastic tents on the 240 hectare site, where they and their families now camp. A spokesperson for the protesters said the action is not against the Dutch owners but intended to raise awareness over the circumstances of Costa Rican farmers who are often too poor to build homes.

“These people just want a piece of land to live on,” the spokesperson said, adding that it was not their goal to get homes from the Dutch. Instead, they want to generate media attention over their issues and the problems that come when foreign companies own land.

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