Italian textile tycoon Luciano Benetton announced Wednesday the donation of 7.500
“We’ve opted for a concrete quality and quantity contribution”, said the businessman.
The Benetton group will cede the land to be distributed among Indian communities, to the provincial government of Chubut in Argentine Patagonia January 2006. The group which acquired 900.000 hectares of land in Patagonia has been involuntarily involved in a long historic dispute dating back to colonial times between the Mapuche nation and the Argentine government.
However Argentine Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel has consistently claimed that the Benetton group “usurped” territory from the Mapuche Indian.