Massacre in Peru

So now it stands at 40. 40 killed, according to IPS.

Peru, June 08 - Protesters mixing with police

Peru, June 08 - Protesters mixing with police

The authorities, who describe last Friday’s incident as a “clash” between the police and protesters manning a roadblock, say 22 policemen and nine civilians were killed.

But leaders of the two-month roadblock say at least 40 indigenous people, including three children, were killed and that the authorities are covering up the massacre by throwing bodies in the river.

And foreign activists on the scene in the town of Bagua, in the northern province of Amazonas, report that the police opened fire early in the morning on the unarmed protesters, some of whom were still sleeping, and deliberately mowed them down as they held up their arms or attempted to flee.

In response, the activists quote eyewitnesses as saying, another group of indigenous people who were farther up the hill seized and killed a number of police officers, apparently in “self-defence.”

The government is covering up a massacre in Peru. In response to government mining and short-selling of the environment, the indigenous people of Peru have decided, since the beginning of May, to fight back. Last Friday, a dozen were reported dead (now up to 40 according to IPS). On Saturday, more police were killed as events escalated further. We will keep you posted.

If this is news to you, please go ahead and read the amazing column by Gerardo Rénique“Blood at the Blockade: Peru’s Indigenous Uprising”.

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~ by Daniel on June 9, 2009.

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