The government of Peru has ordered for the National Police to attack the Amazonian Indigenous peoples. Civilians were shot from buildings roofs and helicopters.
Photo Al Jazeera
More than 38 people have died so far at 2:00 PM U.S. Eastern time, including 28 civilians and 10 police men -who are also Indigenous. Hospitals collapsing, fights ongoing. Update: death toll might be 84 casualties as of 6:00 PM US Eastern time.Indigenous peoples in Peru are in strike for the last 52 days protesting against free trade policies that would allow multinationals to take over their territories. This attack occurred around 5:00 AM this morning, a day after the Congress of Peru decided not to debate one of the most important decrees that allow the sale of Indigenous land. The number of casualities is according to a Twetter sent by a Peruvian journalist who is in the area of Bagua, a city located in the Amazonas region of Peru.
An email arrived this morning, thanks to Q Initiative:
At this moment the police is attacking Indians and also the rest of the population in the cities of Bagua Grande and Bagua Chica, in the departmento (region) of Amazonas. There are lots of killings, but the radio only talks about the policemen that have died.
The central argument is this one: how can the government be right in this situation, if the WHOLE POPULATION (indians and not indians) are against the police (and soon the armed forces which is being deployed.
At this moment, though people I know inform directly from the zone, information is confused. I will let you know about what is happening and with clear information soon. Please be in alert.
Servindi Indigenous News in Peru reports that the attacks started at 5:30 AM. and among the dead is a local Indigenous leader who organized the protest. Santiago Manuig Valera is an Awajun-Wampis man and his remains are not yet recovered, as the Police are preventing civilians from doing so.
The director of Policía Nacional del Perú (PNP), José Sánchez said the attacks were a response of violence started by the Indigenous protesters.
Peru’s president Alan Garcia is on national TV right now and has accused the Indigenous leaders of the violence “They want to play a revolution game,” and later on he added that “brave Police forces have fallen in defense of the nation,” and said he might send the military this is just beginning. Peru congressman Mauricio Mulder calls indigenous protesters "terrorists". Peruvian minister Jose Garcia Belaunde has denied that there were not previous consultations with Indigenous peoples, which is a lie.
Amazonian Indigenous leader Alberto Pizango, of AIDESEP said the government has committed genocide and that they will continue their fight and will rally in cities of Peru.
Peru's police keeps attacking Natives and president Alan Garcia is saying that Venezuela is behind Indigenous protest.
Opposition leftist leader Ollanta Humala has protested and said Alan Garcia is responsible for the violence.
Civilians in Bagua are reporting that “this is a genocidal attack, there is violence everywhere” as the violence continues right now. Enlace Nacional has also news.
Demand an immediate end of violence!. Please send emails to Alan Garcia, in Spanish here.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION
Email the President of the Congress of Peru Javier Velásquez-Quesquén: email@example.com
Presidente Alan García
Jirón de la Unión S/N 1 cda
Lima 1, PERU
El mundo se preocupa por lo que ocurre en Perú y en nombre de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indigenas amazónicos peruanos, les solicito que detengan la violencia contra inocentes ciudadanos que están defendiendo sus territorios y sus vidas.
Por favor respete la vida de los peruanos, esto es un crimen de lesa humanidad que ustedes están promoviendo y en nombre de los tratados de derecho internacional que Perú ha firmado, le exijo que respete la vida de los indigenas amazónicos y suspenda el Estado de Emergencia.
Solicito respetuosamente que ordene el fin de los ataques policiales y que restituya el diálogo respetuoso y honesto con los pueblos indigenas amazónicos de Perú.
Por la vida, por la paz, por la justicia.
Here is another model of letter of Global Response. Please send copies of your letter to:
- Yehude Simon Munaro, President of the Council of Ministers
- (firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax +51 1- 716- 87-35 )
- Rafael Vásquez Rodríguez, President of Congress
- (email@example.com, Fax +51 1- 311- 77- 03 )
- Public Ombudsman Office of Peru
- Peruvian Embassador in your country (for contact details - see http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Peru
- UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
- UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom expression
- United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
- IACHR Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- IACHR Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Expression
Please contact the Peruvian embassy in the U.S. I just called the Peruvian Embassy and they say they are also "concerned" but they want people to email them showing concern: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lima media is being mostly biased in their news reports, saying things like "4 brave police men were killed by criminal Natives". El Comercio the biggest newspaper in Peru accuses indigenous peoples of violence "More than 7 police killed responding to Natives attacks"... Blogs in Lima are just awakening to reality of Peru, and some are even blaming the Native peoples. Very few posts on this issue at this time, unfortunately.
Protests to continue in Peru
- CAOI the Andean Indigenous Organization has made a call for an international trial to Alan Garcia and his cabinet for genocide.
- Protests in Lima today: Movilizacion en Lima en protesta por matanzas de indigenas HOY a las 5 PM Plaza Francia hasta Plaza San Martin.
- Indigenous leaders call for National Protest on June 11.
Update: please read these complete reports that were just released from Amazon Watch and Al Jazeera.
This is brief report thanks to Twitter, news and emails arrived from Peru this morning, more information later.