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Re: Pollution
« Reply #60 on: May 26, 2014, 08:38:59 pm »
Indians accused over ďDevilís BendĒ killings go on trial 26 May 2014

Police break up road blockade near Bagua, Peru, June 5th © Thomas Quirynen

Fifty-three people go on trial in Peru today, charged in connection with violent clashes between indigenous protesters and police five years ago that left thirty-three dead.

The violence erupted in June 2009 after more than 50 days of nationwide protests led by Peruís Amazon Indians over government plans to strip the Indians of their rights, and open up the Amazon to oil drilling and mining.

The clashes took place in Peruís northern Amazon town of Bagua, after police confronted indigenous protesters who had peacefully blockaded a highway at a place known as ďDevilís BendĒ for almost two months.

Twenty-three police officers, five Indians and five civilians were killed and more than 200 injured during the incident, according to a report by Peruís Ombudsman. Unofficial reports have claimed the death toll was much higher.

Amongst those charged is Alberto Pizango, the president of Peruís Amazon Indian Organization AIDESEP. The prosecution has called for Pizango to be imprisoned for life for ďinciting violenceĒ.

Since the clashes, several of the governmentís controversial decrees have been repealed. In 2011, Peruís President Ollanta Humala approved a law designed to guarantee indigenous peoplesí right to free, prior and informed consent to any projects affecting them and their lands.

However, since then the government has approved a controversial expansion of the massive Camisea gas project, even though it will penetrate deep into the territory of uncontacted Indians.

Peruís government has been heavily criticized by both indigenous people and families of the deceased police officers for its failure to prevent the violence.

No police officers have yet been brought to trial. >:(

Read Survivalís eyewitness report (download includes several pictures :o) of the Bagua killings .here NOTE: contains images some may find disturbing
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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