Indigenous peoples of Peru win a historic victory

This is a win for the indigenous peoples of  Peru, and for all indigenous peoples!  Apologies for posting something ‘off-topic’ from demilitarization. However, consider this passage from Thomas Friedman’s ode to globalization, The Lexus and the Olive Tree (1999):

The hidden hand of the market can never work without the hidden fist – McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglass, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies to flourish is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.

It is clear that the violent pillaging of rainforests in the Amazon, or desecration of burial sites on Ke’eaumoku or Naue, the genocidal march of global capitalism, requires the ‘hidden fist’ of militarization to crush opposition. In this case, the people paid a high price, but won.


Friday, 19 June 2009 12:37 UK

Peru Indians hail ‘historic’ day

Indigenous groups in Peru have called off protests after two land laws which led to deadly fighting were revoked.

Hailing victory, Amazonian Indian groups said it was an “historic day”.

At least 34 people died during weeks of strikes against the legislation, which allowed foreign companies to exploit resources in the Amazon forest.

The violence provoked tension with Peru’s neighbour, Bolivia, where President Evo Morales backed the Peruvian Indians’ tribal rights.

“This is a historic day for indigenous people because it shows that our demands and our battles were just,” said Daysi Zapata, vice president of the Amazon Indian confederation that led the protests.

She urged fellow activists to end their action by lifting blockades of jungle rivers and roads set up since April across six provinces in the Peruvian Amazon.

The controversial laws, passed to implement a free trade agreement with the US, were revoked by Peru’s Congress by a margin of 82-12 after a five-hour debate.

Diplomatic dispute

The worst of the clashes occurred on 5 June when police tried to clear roadblocks set up by the groups at Bagua, 1,000km (600 miles) north of Lima.

At least 30 civilians died, according to Indian groups, as well as 23 police.

Peru’s Prime Minister Yehude Simon said the reversal of policy would not put at risk Peru’s free trade agreement with the US, but he has said he will step down once the dispute is settled.

The dispute led to a diplomatic row between Peru and Latin American neighbours Venezuela and Bolivia.

Peru recalled its ambassador to Bolivia for consultation on Tuesday after Bolivian President Evo Morales described the deaths of the indigenous protesters as a genocide caused by free trade.

Peru’s Foreign Minister Jose Antonia Garcia Belaunde called Mr Morales an “enemy of Peru”.


One Comment

John Cavender

The cursed U.S. Empire of America the habitation of deceit, lies, iniquity and folly, And is governed by devils and foul spirits.
Therefore! I am ashamed to live here, And is a disgrace and embarrassment to me. Righteous judgment will be executed on the oppressors and all their foundations shall be overthrown;
All paths of unrighteousness shall suddenly be destroyed and vanish. A great chastisement shall come from heaven; A mighty Son shall open the everlasting gates and
shall send out a great chastisement, there shall be no escape for the guilty of heart; wickedness
shall be utterly extinguished without any remnant, There shall be no hope in the foolishness of
their vexatious might, no refuge for the workers of iniquity; for to the Most High God and Father;
Hoist a banner, O you who lie in the dust! raise up an ensign for the destruction of wickedness!

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