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Massacre of Indigineous Amazonians in Peru - 25 dead and counting
international | environment | feature Monday June 08, 2009 20:28 by Dunk - Transition Barcelona - from Oil dependancy to local resilience... fuspey at yahoo dot co dot uk Barcelona, el mundo
"This government disregards the indigenous people.” was what they said a week before being shot at from helicopters
Awajun, Wampis, mestizos y blancos unidos en defensa del territorio, luchando para derogatoria de los DS
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
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."
--- Massacre in Peru
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VIDEO - Official condemnation of the 25 deaths of PEACEFUL PROTESTORS,
CONDENAN MASACRE 25 MUERTOS INDIGENAS ABALEADOS PERU AMAZONAS BAGUA 5/JUN/09
Protesta indigena en Bagua
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fotos - DIOGENES AMPAM WEJIN · Sets - paro amazonico 2009
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¡Feliz día del medio ambien… Represión! (Happy Environmental day... Repression)
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POLICÍAS LLEGARON A MATARNOS (The police are coming and killing us)
Various from IMC-BCN
Reuters - Peru clash with tribes, police kills at least nine
Peru mainstream media
--- Related Infos
Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now! - the Global Economic Crisis, Health Care, U.S. Foreign Policy and Resistance to American Empire
WSM article: What’s happening in Bolivia?
The War On Democracy A film by John Pilger (09/10/2007 )
4 Continental Summit of Indigenous Nations
Peru's Fujimori gets 25 years prison for massacres
7,000 Indigenous Activists Gather in Peru
Rossport struggle in Ireland
Blessed Unrest - How the largest movement came into being and how no one saw it coming
WISER earth - Connecting YOU to Communities of Action