An heroic fifty-two day strike by Peruvian lowland indigenous communities against the expropriation of their land in the interests of multi-nationals was attacked by National Police on Friday killing many. Alan Garcia, Peru’s neo-liberal President, is aiming to crush native resistance to the planned exploitation of the regions raw materials. Confrontations are continuing and arrest warrants for sedition have been issued against protest organizers. The Peruvian state’s track record in dealing with such “crimes” is notorious. Sedition is certainly required in the present circumstances.
Can this be allowed to happen after all we have witnessed these last five centuries? Genocide in the Western Hemisphere has always been rooted in the rapaciousness of capital. That rapaciousness is alive and kicking. The bilingual blog Peruanista has loads of information, links and photos on the events. Amazonwatch and Paro Indigena are also good sources. The essential Latin American English language news site Upside Down World stays on top of it. Demonstrations are being organized in several cities here in the States.