RELEASE: Police Violently Attack Peaceful Indigenous Blockade in Peruvian Amazon, Killing Many

Peruvian police reportedly shot indigenous protesters from helicopters — as peaceful protesters were protecting their ancestral land. Online affinity campaign demanding Peru respect indigenous rights continues.
Resource Boom in Peru's Amazon Threatens Indigenous Peoples' Lives, Livelihoods and Their Rainforest HomesTAKE ACTION! Peru's police have clashed with Amazon tribes opposed to foreign companies opening oil wells and mines in their rainforests without their consent. Police reportedly shot at protesters from helicopters, killing as many as twelve blockading a road to protect their land. Amazon Watch and Western media report indigenous protesters outside of Bagua, in a remote area of northern Peruvian Amazon, were forcibly dispersed by tear gas and real bullets. Reuters reports 12 protesters were killed, while Agence France-Presse puts it at 9. It may have been worse.
The threat of continued violence is real and imminent. Some 30,000 indigenous people have blockaded roads, rivers and railways for months to demand repeal of new laws that allow oil, mining and logging companies to enter indigenous territories without their consent or even any consultation. Reinhard Behrend, Rainforest Rescue's Director, notes “it is important to realize that our overconsumption in the rich and emerging nations is at the root cause of deadly conflict for rainforests and Indians. We ask people to eliminate their use of industrially harvested timbers, oil and minerals from the world's rainforests, and protest this senseless violence at Peru embassies all over the world.”


Indigenous communities complain that some 70% of Peruvian Amazon territory is now leased for oil and gas exploration, putting at risk their own lives and the biodiversity of the Amazon. Some of the controversial laws encouraging foreign investment in the Amazon were passed last year as President Garcia moved to bring Peru's regulatory framework into compliance with a free-trade agreement with the United States.
“The same indigenous abuses suffered historically to access resources for the West continue to this day. All Earth's citizens must demand the Peru government respect indigenous land rights, and pursue locally controlled ecologically sustainable development in the Amazon based upon the benefits of standing trees and intact ecosystems,” says Dr. Glen Barry, EcoInternet's President.
By Rainforest Rescue and Earth's Newsdesk, EcoInternet
CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry, glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org
Reinhard Behrendt, info@regenwald.org
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EcoInternet provides the world's largest and most used climate and environment portals at http://www.climateark.org/ and http://www.ecoearth.info/ . Rettet den Regenwald (Rainforest Rescue) organizes protest actions and email protests against rainforest destruction by loggers, oil and mining companies, and development projects.

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4 Responses

  1. Germano Previti says:

    be a serious thing! it is necessary to do something for them, and really, I would like to be with them, now, fight! the news will be darkened or it will pass as subtitle in the tv channels.. the great civil action and their dignity have my deep reverence.
    Need urgent political action against it:
    – the urgent convocation of the Security Council of the U.N. with this crime into the agenda and one note of condemnation vs. Per

  2. Ximena Cordova says:

    You might like to check conditions of ecosystems and people living in the Galapagos Islands….

  3. Monica says:

    This is an outrage! When will the destruction end? When will humanity reclaim its soul from temptation and greed?
    I have signed the protest letter. Now I want to know what more we can do to stop this unholy grab.

  4. Dear Friends in the Climate Ark community,
    Somehow, we have got to find ways to share a more adequate understanding about the way the world we inhabit works and about the "placement" of human beings within the natural order of living things, I suppose.
    Even though we are nowhere near reaching a consensus about the vital matters being discussed in the Climate Ark community, this appears to me to be precisely what needs to happen because until those of us who are seeking to take the measure of "the predicament" we see on the horizon can speak coherently with one voice, it seems unlikely other people in fractured institutions and systems can reasonably and sensibly deal with the global challenges looming before humanity in an integrated and meaningful way.
    Are clarity of vision and coherence of mind, based upon the best available scientific evidence, not preconditions for "making the case" for necessary and unfortunately unwelcome change? If our shared view cannot be presented unambiguously from a foundation in science, rather than having such an unvarnished perspective vitiated by preternatural thought and perception borne of self-interested thinking, ideological idiocy, religious dogma, political convenience and economic expediency, then our best efforts to address the multiple formidable challenges underpinned by unsustainable human overgrowth activities could be sabotaged.
    Hopefully the arduous work of the Climate Ark community will bear fruit. What is encouraging to me is the way this community strives to remain civil and constructive during this work in progress. In my experience, such cooperation is unusual. Over and over again, the work of communities of seekers like this one has been disrupted. During the past eight years of the "AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population" what has surprised me most of all is the number of experts who have been among the most disruptive of the progress of work groups similar to ours. Although I see the elective mutism of experts {sins of omission} as pernicious, their silence is not as obstructive of the work of hand as their undisguised activities as saboteurs {sins of commission} of vital processes associated with honest and open communication.
    Thanks to each of you for all you are doing to employ intellectual honesty and science as the means for acknowledging, addressing and overcoming threats to human and environmental health that are in the offing.
    Always,
    Steve

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