There is a petition on the Change.org platform demanding that the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, not be allowed to “colonize” Kauai, one of Hawaii’s islands.
The campaign was launched by user Mia Brier on behalf of indigenous Hawaiians. During the week, the initiative collected over 588,000 signatures.
The petitioner described Zuckerberg’s “inhumane” and “disgusting” behaviour as “suing Kauai indigenous people for their land to build a mansion on it.
“He has to be stopped. He could have built a house anywhere. There are many vacant spaces that no one is claiming. Still, he has chosen the right place where people are trying to earn a living and support their families,” the petition says. The petition’s author urges to prevent “the privileged from taking away what does not belong to them.
Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chang purchased 700 acres (28,328 acres) of real estate in Hawaii in 2014 for $200 million, the Daily Mail said. Two additional plots were later purchased and plans were announced for a two-meter wall perimeter. All this has caused indignation among the local residents.
The land was given to Hawaiians in the middle of the XIX century, but since many of them died without leaving a will.
It is noted that in 2017 Zuckerberg filed a lawsuit to identify the owners of several plots of land in order to expand his possessions.
Later the head of the social network withdrew the lawsuit and wrote an article for The Garden Island, promising to “find a better approach”. The spokesperson for the head of Facebook denied that the entrepreneur was trying to force locals off their land.