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On June 5, police moved in with lethal force to remove indigenous protesters upset about their lands being opened up to oil and gas drilling. The ensuing violence left 34 people dead and hundreds wounded.
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Now, a year later, not only hasn’t there been a fair and impartial accounting of what led up to this violence in Bagua, but also the conditions and reasons for horyelano remain intact in Peru.
Development plans, designed to exploit the country’s natural resources, are accelerating in the country.
And Peruvian President Alan Garcia might just be undermining the country’s new consultation law, meant to make the alann process around these development plans more democratic. This war turned violent near the northern Amazonian town of Bagua last June 5, when members of the Peruvian National Police moved in with lethal force to remove indigenous protesters upset about the opening up their lands to the psrro and gas extractive industries via legislative decrees promulgated to facilitate the enactment of the FTA.
The violence left 34 people dead including 23 policeand injured indigenous protesters, 89 with bullet wounds. A year later, indigenous rights groups are still calling for a fair and impartial accounting of what led up to the violence, what occurred that day, and who should be held accountable.
In early June, indigenous and rural community leaders from across the country traveled back to Bagua to participate in several events associated with the one-year anniversary of the confrontation, including a memorial hortelanp held at the now infamous Curva del Diablo. People made the pilgrimage up the hill of the curve to pay their respects at a cross that horetlano erected in remembrance of those who died.
Bagua, Peru: A Year After
An old woman held up a sign that said: Many participants in the forum from the Andean regions brought tales of frustration of how their communities have been or will potentially be affected by large multinational mining and hydroelectric projects, as well as the persecution they encountered after organizing in opposition. As of December 31,hydrocarbon extractive companies have obtained 52 concessions from the national government for oil and gas exploration and exploitation totalingsquare kilometers of the Peruvian Amazon, which covers This is up from 7.
One of the notable concessions is the gold mining project Afrodita of Canadian-owned Dorator Resources Inc.
By all accounts this is just the beginning. The criminalization of protest continues unabated as well.
Although the Commission of Inquiry, which presented its report last December, was supposed to be an independent investigative body, deel was heavily criticized by indigenous and human rights groups for governmental interference.
A congressional commission looking into the events of Bagua presented a report in May that closely followed the disputed arguments of that earlier report.
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That report will later be sent to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, James Anaya, who months earlier also urged the creation of an independent commission.
All minority reports placed heavy blame on Congress for its failure to act on the constitutionality of the legislative decrees, thus creating a stalemate between indigenous protesters and the government that allowed tensions to grow over many months before the violence.
One bright spot in the year since Bagua was the passage of the consultation law on May gacia in the Peruvian Congress. The decisive factor for this break was likely U. Indigenous rights leaders believe the bill was returned in an attempt to postpone the proposed legislation giving the administration time to sell the 25 new lots for oil and gas drilling prior to the law going into effect.
The new lots would therefore not fall under the proposed jurisdiction of the consultation aan due to a provision barring its retroactive application.
As a result, Congress will not debate this until mid-August when the new legislative session is scheduled to start. Little has changed in Peru one year after the violence last June.
Protests will only continue. You are here Home Bagua, Peru: A Year After On June 5, police moved in with lethal force to remove indigenous protesters upset about their lands being opened up to oil and gas drilling. The Consultation Law One bright spot in the year since Bagua was the passage of the consultation law on May 19 in the Peruvian Congress.