Amazon Watch: Oil Production Interrupted as Peru Sends in Army to Suppress Peaceful Indigenous Protests
On Monday, sustained protests led the state oil company, Petroperu, to shut down its main oil pipeline. This shutdown comes after a month of protests by more than 30,000 indigenous peoples. Indigenous communities have engaged in peaceful actions and blockades of roads and rivers throughout the Amazon protesting new legislation passed to facilitate the Free Trade Agreement with the
Videos and photos available on www.amazonwatch.org show police beating peaceful protesters and firing rubber bullets to break up peaceful Awajun and Huambis demonstrators last week when they blockaded the Corral Quemado Bridge near the northern town of Bagua, resulting in dozens injured and one person missing, who is feared dead.
In a statement,
International and Peruvian human rights organizations are widely criticizing the Peruvian government’s backward policies on indigenous peoples. In a recent statement President
“The Garcia Administration is clearly out of step with international conventions on indigenous rights that have been ratified by
SOURCE Amazon Watch