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11 Apr 2017


Activist receives death threats following Danwatch avocado investigation

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30 March 2017

…On Monday, March 20, Rodrigo Mundaca received an anonymous call on his mobile phone…Mundaca is an activist that works with the organisation MODATIMA to promote water rights in Chile.  The water shortage in the Chilean province of Petorca has worsened in recent years, both because of drought and because of a massive increase in the water-intensive production of avocados…Thomas Bang, director of communications at Aldi Danmark, says that the supermarket “strongly objects to those kinds of methods.”…At Dansk Supermarked, director of communications…says that death threats are obviously “absolutely reprehensible.”...One of the avocado plantations in Chile…fined for water code violations…represented by lawyer Juan Pablo Cerda L [said]:…“…we completely condemn the threats received by Mr. Rodrigo Mundaca’s…”…At the trade organisation for fresh fruit, ASOEX, chairman of the Board, Ronald Bown Fernández writes​:​…”According to our association’s core values and principles, ASOEX acknowledges and respects the right of people to express their opinions publicly without interference or threat, as expressly stipulated in our national Constitution. Therefore, ASOEX utterly rejects all statement or action aimed at infringing the freedom of speech​”.