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category international | environment | feature author Monday June 08, 2009 20:28author by Dunk - Transition Barcelona - from Oil dependancy to local resilience...author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address Barcelona, el mundo Report this post to the editors

"This government disregards the indigenous people.” was what they said a week before being shot at from helicopters

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Massacre of Indigineous Amazonians in Peru

Awajun, Wampis, mestizos y blancos unidos en defensa del territorio, luchando para derogatoria de los DS
Awajun, Wampis (native tribes), mestizos (mix of native and spanish blood) and whites united in defense of the land, Struggling to repeal the Court Orders


An ongoing, many month old peaceful protest in the Bagua region of the north western area of Peru was brutally attacked this week by state forces, resulting in the deaths of, at least, 25 native Indigenous Amazonian Peruvians. A motorway in the "curve of the devil" region had been blocked by local communities of the area who feel their land, health, livelihood and community is threatened by the government's giveaway of the area, and its precious resources, to multinational oil and gas exploration. They are perhaps right to feel sad, threatened and terrified, knowing how things have faired in neighbouring areas with a similar story, Sion, Equador and beyond... Perhaps even as far a field as Rossport.

Basta!
As word is spreading at this attrocious massacre, there is outrage. Governments can no longer carry on playing this game (remember bloody sunday). We, in all parts of the world, are angry. We stand with our brothers and sisters of Peru. We stand with their spokesperson Miguel Palacin and his condemnation of the massacre, last week at the Continental Summit of Indigenous People: "This government disregards the indigenous people" - sadly now, we know how right he was. We are all hij@s de Pachamama (sons and daughters of mother earth) we say Basta - Enough; Enough destruction, misery, sadness and death. As is stated in America Latina: "Another World is not only possible, it's absolutely necessary!"

Ironically, or perhaps with a sinister twist, the massacre happened on World Environmental day, and also days after the 20 year commemoration of the Tienanmen square massacre in China, which led to global outrage at what governments do to their people.

Some 7,000 indigenous activists gathered in Peru Friday for the Continental Summit of Indigenous People to show support for Amazon tribes who are protesting against the 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.

Sound like Rossport? Just far more destructive, far more to win and lose, far deadlier!

Context Latina
The government of Peru is not the same as their neighbours to the South East, Bolivia, where struggles such as this one, supported by all those who had had enough, who had finally said "BASTA!", who stood up, blocked roads, battled and won. In a region of our world which has seen massive change recently, after years and years of bloody brutal repression from within and without state borders, (normally at the bequest of those very same oil and gas companies that are, PERHAPS, behind the deals that provoked the native strikes and action, which have led to these deaths) - today change is coming to much of the continent, as Noam Chomsky recently said on Democracy Now:

Latin America, for the first time in 500 years, is moving towards a degree of independence and a kind of integration, which is a prerequisite for independence

Bolivia is, in my opinion at least, probably the most democratic country in the world. Nobody says that, but if you look at what happened in the last couple of years, there were huge, popular, mass organizations of the most repressed population in the hemisphere, the indigenous population, which for the first time ever has entered the political arena significantly and were able to elect a president from their own ranks and one who doesn’t give instructions to his army, but who’s following policies that were largely produced by the population. So he’s their representative, in a sense in which democracy is supposed to work.

And they know the issues. It’s not like our elections. They know the issues. They’re serious issues: control over resources, economic justice, cultural rights, and so on. You can say they’re right or wrong, but at least it’s functioning.


So Peru is not Bolivia, BUT, perhaps the Amazonian tribes and peoples feel HOPE-ful, having seen their Andean compañer@s, their native brothers and sisters battle and win, or at least begin the journey toward victory. If direct action, peacefully blocking highways to prevent destruction, uniting the peoples, spreading word of the struggle worked there in Bolivia, perhaps the same might happen in Peru. Who knows, as so much positive change is happening in the continent in these strange and exciting days.

Like many places in the rest of America Latina, Peru has seen its fair share of violence and murder. Only last month, the head of government some time back, Alberto Fujimori, received 25 years in prison for massacres- the first time a democratically elected Latin American president has been found guilty in his own country of such offences. It has been claimed that the present head of Government, Alan García, who had a deep close relationship with Fujimori and who gave the orders for yesterday's blood letting, is not un-familiar with the use of assassination and murder of local peoples, like what happened in the Ayacucho region in the late 80´s resulting in deaths of thousands. Speaking on Democracy Now, Indigenous Activists spokesman Miguel Palacin, who helped organize the fourth Continental Summit of Indigenous People which happened in Peru last week, stated:

“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.


Yesterday, sadly, he told reporters in Peru's capital, Lima:

"I hold the government of President Alan Garcia responsible for ordering the genocide," indigenous leader Alberto Pizango .


In a recent award winning film by Australian long time journalist John Pilger, The War on Democracy, he outlined very graphically the bloody story that has happened in Latin America, much of the causes of the conflicts, how brutally people were attacked, arrested, tortured, murdered... Some horrific stories, which, although Pilger did not mention in the film, also happened with similar brutality in Peru. Thankfully, much of the continent is awakening and massive change is underway, but still there are areas where the old ways have not changed; as we saw in Peru yesterday. But, as words spread, and as anger grows, we have HOPE. We can take a stand with our brothers and sisters in this, their difficult time, learn from them, listen to their fears and do what we can, wherever we are, whatever we are, to assist them. How we do that, I'm not too sure, but it's heartening to see that people are finally waking up to the full impact of destruction that has been, and still is being, caused at the closing days of one of the most destructive epochs in our collective story on this little planet of limited resources: The Oil Age.

HOME, Pachamama, 3rd rock from the sun...
As stated, the day the Peruvian government choose to attack was World Environmental Day, so while some of us were here in Barcelona´s CCCB watching the beautiful, sad and at times depressing, then uplifting film about our HOME, people in Peru were moving their dead comrades out of harm's way after being fired upon at 5am in the morning (Peru time)

Globally speaking, things have got so bad, in terms of the cancerous, sick and corrupt political systems, irreversible destruction to earth's bio diversity, massive inequality and poverty for most people of the planet, that something profoundly strange is happening, the likes of which we have never experienced before: A movement, seemingly from nowhere, has somehow, somewhere been born and is growing; a movement of movements. US ecologist Paul Hawken has aptly called it the Blessed Unrest, and likens it to the immune system of humanity finally kicking in. Social Justice, Environmental protection and Indigenous are the 3 strands that comprise this morphing organism... To add to that, new communication tools are being created and morphing to permit quick passage of critical informations to this ever widening community, to increase our collective resilience and to take appropriate action to put a stop to the planet's cancer and start to reverse the damage. Hopefully the deaths in Peru will further assist in this global connectivity and action. (indymedia, WISER earth and various NING sites all assist in this strange platform)

As we face the realities of THE OIL AGE and peak oil time that we are either quick approaching or already experiencing, many of us are beginning the TRANSITION away from oil dependence to local resilience. This is the time of "Thinking Global, acting local", but also of "Thinking Global, acting global, as well as continually thinking local, acting local, at the same time."

***Links***

--- Massacre in Peru


Peru police use snipers to kill in Bagua
http://incakolanews.blogspot.com/2009/06/peru-police-us....html

Amazon: International Tribunal to prosecute genocide of Alan García. " We must stop the slaughter of Indigenous. Organizations from six countries accuse the president of Peru for slaughter and genocide. Bolivia believes that Garcia is a tool of imperialism to undermine the progress of peoples.
http://www.kaosenlared.net/noticia/amazonia-tribunal-in...-hay-

VIDEO - Official condemnation of the 25 deaths of PEACEFUL PROTESTORS,
CONDENAN MASACRE 25 MUERTOS INDIGENAS ABALEADOS PERU AMAZONAS BAGUA 5/JUN/09
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w05nZd1Y9Co

Protesta indigena en Bagua
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exjj4RAoszw

Enfrentamiento entre policías y nativos en Bagua deja trágico saldo
http://enlacenacional.com/2009/06/05/enfrentamiento-ent...aldo/

fotos - DIOGENES AMPAM WEJIN · Sets - paro amazonico 2009
http://www.flickr.com/photos/diogenesampam/sets/7215761...8022/

Inca Kola News - Peru: indigenous vs gov't and oil: The killing begins
http://incakolanews.blogspot.com/2009/06/peru-indigenou....html

¡Feliz día del medio ambien… Represión! (Happy Environmental day... Repression)
http://accioncritica.blogsome.com/2009/06/05/p138/
The people defend their lives...And the government responds with bullets

POLICÍAS LLEGARON A MATARNOS (The police are coming and killing us)
http://paroamazonicocondorcanqui2009.wordpress.com/2009...viva/

Various from IMC-BCN
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/375223/...x.php
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/375224/...x.php
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/375208/...x.php
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/375183/...x.php

Reuters - Peru clash with tribes, police kills at least nine
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN05465450

Peru mainstream media
http://www.larepublica.pe/

--- Related Infos

Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now! - the Global Economic Crisis, Health Care, U.S. Foreign Policy and Resistance to American Empire
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/4/13/noam_chomsky_on_t...nomic

WSM article: What’s happening in Bolivia?
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/90029

The War On Democracy A film by John Pilger (09/10/2007 )
http://video.google.es/videoplay?docid=-4221598130733050551

4 Continental Summit of Indigenous Nations
http://www.ivcumbrecontinentalindigena.org/
http://www.cumbrecontinentalindigena.org/

Peru's Fujimori gets 25 years prison for massacres
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE5363RH200...90408

7,000 Indigenous Activists Gather in Peru
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/6/1/headlines

Rossport struggle in Ireland
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/92596
http://www.corribsos.com/

Blessed Unrest - How the largest movement came into being and how no one saw it coming
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1fiubmOqH4

WISER earth - Connecting YOU to Communities of Action
http://www.wiserearth.org/

Indymedia Peru
http://peru.indymedia.org/

Threathened with Death of community - Indigenous block the motorway and strike against "Reforms"
Threathened with Death of community - Indigenous block the motorway and strike against "Reforms"

The commmunity united: Awajun, Wampis, mestizos y blancos unidos en defensa del territorio, luchando para derogatoria de los DS
The commmunity united: Awajun, Wampis, mestizos y blancos unidos en defensa del territorio, luchando para derogatoria de los DS

"This government disregards the indigenous people.” was what they said a week before being shot at from helicopters
"This government disregards the indigenous people.” was what they said a week before being shot at from helicopters

Government sent in snipers to assisinate indigenous
Government sent in snipers to assisinate indigenous

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Related films about the full impacts of the OIL AGE and some global responses     Dunk    Sat Jun 06, 2009 14:02 
   More on Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in Peru!     dunk    Sat Jun 06, 2009 14:12 
   Exceptional events for exceptional times - 70% of the Peruvian Amazon for the chop affects all of us     dunk    Sat Jun 06, 2009 16:23 
   TODAY I DIED in Bagua     Peruanista    Sat Jun 06, 2009 17:00 
   Is it OK to shoot young indigenous through the face, if its FARAWAY?     DUNK    Sat Jun 06, 2009 17:37 
   Cathar     Cathar    Sat Jun 06, 2009 18:31 
   OIL and TREES     DUNK    Sat Jun 06, 2009 20:09 
   This isn't the first time Garcia has sent in guns, but this time his spiel has changed.     iosaf    Sat Jun 06, 2009 20:41 
   BBC Spin     Cathar    Sat Jun 06, 2009 20:42 
 10   Olympic Peru Inc.     Concerned    Sat Jun 06, 2009 21:55 
 11   Just seen this     Billy idle    Sun Jun 07, 2009 16:31 
 12   Texas Bush connection.     more co's involved    Sun Jun 07, 2009 19:09 
 13   Hunt Oil?     me    Sun Jun 07, 2009 19:18 
 14   RTE News !     C    Sun Jun 07, 2009 20:24 
 15   Big oil and RTE     Mayoman    Sun Jun 07, 2009 20:59 
 16   Curfew Locks Down - & widespread gobal media pick-up of two roughly equal spins.     iosaf    Sun Jun 07, 2009 22:27 
 17   Many dead after indigenous Peruvians clash with police over oil platform     Times reader    Mon Jun 08, 2009 08:57 
 18   “Shoot them in the head! Shoot the dogs in the head!” - democracy now report     dunk    Mon Jun 08, 2009 19:10 
 19   imc-boliva report : Peru accuses Bolivia of messing around...     dunk    Mon Jun 08, 2009 19:24 
 20   The Irish Connection     Cathar    Mon Jun 08, 2009 19:39 
 21   Global IMC reports, june 11 day of action, "The Open Veins of Latin America" + NYC support     Dunk    Mon Jun 08, 2009 21:58 
 22   Discussion on politics.ie: Peruvian battle for oil - up to 50 dead and rising     p.ie    Mon Jun 08, 2009 22:20 
 23   Thanks Dunk     Eanna Dowling    Mon Jun 08, 2009 22:41 
 24   "Work friendly governments + not too rigorous corporate criteria     OIL AGE - not a fan    Mon Jun 08, 2009 22:43 
 25   Peruvian Embassy in London     Eanna Dowling    Mon Jun 08, 2009 23:00 
 26   Telesur claim death toll is up to 45 now     Dunk    Mon Jun 08, 2009 23:14 
 27   (s)HELL enters the equation...     Dunk    Mon Jun 08, 2009 23:34 
 28   Alberto Pizango has surfaced : In the Nicaraguan Embassy seeking asylum status - only got refuge now     iosaf    Tue Jun 09, 2009 15:12 
 29   Eyewitness Reports Accuse Peruvian Police of Disposing the Bodies of Dead Indigenous Protesters     dunk    Tue Jun 09, 2009 17:03 
 30   Irish "star" Colin Farrell has been protesting with the indegenous b4 d massacre - tell people     dunk    Tue Jun 09, 2009 17:42 
 31   Massacre timeline + 13 > 70% resource giveaway + Peru Government Minister Resigns in Protest     dunk    Tue Jun 09, 2009 17:55 
 32   LASC (latin American solidarity campaign) links     Dunk    Tue Jun 09, 2009 22:10 
 33   Solidarity actions in Holland today at Peruvian embassy at den Haag     dunk    Tue Jun 09, 2009 23:01 
 34   Great Work Dunk     soundmigration    Tue Jun 09, 2009 23:05 
 35   Alberto Pizango Chota, leader of AIDESEP granted political asylum by Nicaragua.     iosaf    Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:37 
 36   Disputed Peru land laws suspended -     bbc    Thu Jun 11, 2009 09:57 
 37   Alan Garcia for Alan Garcia     Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide    Wed Jun 17, 2009 00:38 
 38   from UN Wire:     lulu    Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:16 
 39   Democracy Now update + amazon watch press release     Democracy Now / amazon watch    Sun Jun 21, 2009 13:10 
 40   Guardian video about the recent massacres in peru and indigenous feeling about situation...     Dunk    Sat Sep 12, 2009 13:19 
 41   ¿A qué estamos esperando? what are we waiting for     dunk    Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:01 
 42   Una Muerta en Sion - A death in Sion     dunk    Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:14 
 43   Bagua leader Alberto Pizango arrested today, nearly 1 year since the Bagua massacre     dunk    Thu May 27, 2010 12:00 
 44   link     opus diablos    Thu May 27, 2010 21:29 
 45   Peru swinging to the left?     Dunk    Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:23 
 46   a bit more on humala and his leftist politics     Dunk    Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:57 


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