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Coca-Cola Hit with New Charges of Murder, Rape, Torture [Guatemala]

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1 March 2010

Coca-Cola Hit with New Charges of Murder, Rape, Torture [Guatemala]

Author: Grassroots Netroots Alliance

On February 25, 2010 a lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight plaintiffs in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against The Coca-Cola Co. and Coke processing and bottling plants in Guatemala. This case involves charges of murder, rape and torture. The plaintiffs include union leaders and family members. This case has been brought in New York State because plaintiffs and other victims of human rights abuses lack access to an independent and functioning legal system within Guatemala, a country with a corrupt judiciary which has been undermined by the intimidation and murder of witnesses, prosecutors, lawyers and judges.

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11 March 2010

Coca-Cola Co. Denies Involvement in Murder and Rape, Blames "U.S. Judicial System" [Guatemala]

Author: Eric Michael Johnson, Huffington Post

The case…alleges that a subsidiary of Coca-Cola based in Guatemala City...engaged in terror tactics against the families of Palacios and Jose Alberto Vicente Chavez because of their union activities. The plaintiffs allege that they were targeted with the full knowledge and support of company officials…Coca-Cola…deny any knowledge or involvement with these crimes. A Coca-Cola spokesperson…[said] We maintain there is no truth in these allegations...The fact of the matter is, we haven't been involved. No knowledge of the violence, no involvement in the violence. The company went on to condemn the plaintiffs in this case for "forum-shopping" and claimed that bringing the suit under the Alien Tort Claims Act was a "misuse of the U.S. judicial system."

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