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Jun. 7 2009 - 2:34 pm | 117 views | 1 recommendation | 8 comments

New graphic photos released of conflict between Peruvian government and Amazon people

7,000 Indigenous Activists Gather in Peru

Some 7,000 indigenous activists gathered in Peru Friday to show support for Amazon tribes who are protesting against a package of laws they say will threaten their native lands. Thousands of Amazon Indians have been on strike for more than a month over a series of presidential decrees that open up natural resource sectors like gas, lumber and oil to private investors. Miguel Palacin helped organize the fourth Continental Summit of Indigenous People.

Miguel Palacin: “The government of Peru is really going against the rights of native people. The indigenous territories are being handed over to mining companies, oil companies and loggers. And today, after a forty-nine-day protest by the indigenous people, there is still no answer. We have an unstable government. And from here, we will send a message to the world to say that this government disregards the indigenous people.”

via Democracy Now! | Headlines for June 01, 2009.

A reader, Luis Andrés Sendoya, sent me photos taken by volunteers in Peru of the conflict between the Peruvian government and the Amazon people. The photos can be viewed here, but I must warn readers that they are extremely graphic and not safe for work.


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    Here’s the original article with links to more photos:
    http://catapa.be/en/news/340

    The photos in the AK’s link are available here:
    http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1896/1/... Read more

    I think CATAPA broken off the photos page as the photos by Marijke Deleu and Thomas Quirynen (Reuters) I seen been poorly plucked and credited to all over the place.

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    Hmm… for some reason I think there’s an unmentioned link limit for comments. I’ll try to split my (new) comment into two separate posts.

    Found a great press release from AmazonWatch.org that summarises very well what has happened since the crackdown on 5th of June in Bagua.
    http://www.amazonwatch.org/newsroom/view_news.php?id=1860

    A bit of the initial responses of the UN special rapporteur on indigenous rights, Professor James Anaya. He’ll be officially in Peru from 17-19JUN09 investigating the incident in Bagua.
    http://www.galdu.org/web/calahus.php?odas=3941&giella1=eng

    ATM, I’m having trouble confirming the issue as reported by Democracy Now! on the Bagua incidents is of bodies of the protesters being recovered by the gendarmerie and dumped into rivers.
    Official numbers of he death toll I could find were 24 police and 10 protesters, unofficially there are about 60 protesters missing and unaccounted for.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gdDCIxeDXagTIrGQaxBHe75swxvQ

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    http://insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2009/june/17/la03.htm

    The prime minister Yehude Simon has resigned, but the freaking hawkish president Alan Garcia is still in office.
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    (Worked out there is a 3 un-html-ed hyperlinks limit in the T/S comments system.)

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