Democracy Now Reports on Bagua Massacre

by June 8, 2009

Democracy Now reports on the Bagua Massacre of June 5, 2009, which has left anywhere up to 100 people dead according to latest reports.

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ALAN GARCIA MUST RESIGN: criminal poised to continue Indigenous slaughter and disintegrate Peru

By Carlos A. Quiroz,

Tragedy in Peru. Let us honor all the dead and show solidarity with the families, friends and communities of Indigenous civilians and policemen killed, tortured, burned, and disappeared. Lets do it by preventing for this not to happen again.

"When one thinks of the final moments of those officers who were disarmed, tied up and then had their throats slit like animals, one understands the barbarity and savageness [...] There is a conspiracy aimed at stopping us from using our natural resources for the good, growth and quality of life of our people,"
-- Alan Garcia, last night in Lima

Victims of the genocidal Alan Garcia

We can expect more days and nights of violence and killing of the poorest of Peru, if we allow the murderer Alan Garcia to continue ruling the country. Tonight the infamous TV stations Panamericana, Frecuencia Latina, America TV, ATV and others have shown a manipulated video with graphic images of chopped bodies of police officers who alleged they were tortured by Amazonian Indigenous, according to their sources.

All of this has been ordered by the terrorist Alan Garcia, who has started a real civil war among the poor of Peru. From his rotten palace in Lima the despicable man welcomes the opportunity to show nasty and terrifying images of dead policemen on national TV and during family prime time. The APRA and Fujimori fascist mafias are trying to portrait the Indigenous Amazonian people as terrorists; they want to criminalize them with one intention: they are preparing more military attacks and more deaths might occur in increasingly remote areas where even independent media can’t access.

The unstable government in Lima –knowing that hell will break loose- is trying to criminalize and incarcerate Amazonian leaders, who after seeking justice for years, decided to stand up in civil disobedience without violence, against a country that no longer wants them alive.

During the tragedy of Bagua, I have seen horrifying photos and videos sent from witnesses and showing the abusive assault of brutalizes members of the National Police against unarmed civilians. Witnesses say some bodies were burned down and thrown into rivers. Some other bodies were taken away in plastic bags -perhaps the same bodies presented this evening, life forgive me.

Lima media has not reported the true tragedy yet: they only speak of policemen killed -we Indians don’t count right- and they don’t mention that there are between 35 and 85 dead people so far. In Lima, they complain about Cuba and Venezuela, but the press has become a whore who sells itself to the highest bidder, no matter if it means mocking tragedies.

Peruvian people, democracy in Peru has failed and there is no freedom of press, multinational corporations are taking over the total control of an increasingly weak Peruvian state. They are about to buy the historic monuments of Cusco, and they have already bought almost all the productive valleys of the south and northern coast of Peru, and the most productive valleys of the Andes. Now they want to steal the territories from Indigenous Peruvians. It is not surprising that this government prefers to give bailout money for U.S. owned Doe Run mining company, and to exempt taxes to an Israeli man who gives Peruvian people a poisoning trashy television, or to increase royalties for Canadian, U.S., European and Chinese polluting mining companies.

We are being robbed in our noses, Peruvians are now second class citizens – the insane murderer who governs us Garcia even said it blatantly the night of the attacks. The racism of this fatty criminal is shocking, and he wants to see more blood shed in the name of ‘security and progress’ says the filthy fascist. This is the same Alan Garcia that asked in Spain for “more caravels to come to Peru”, he gave away the main square of Lima to an opera singer for a night; he gives medals to fascist King of Spain and the extremist right-wing guru Jose Maria Aznar. He is the one that came to the U.S. to kiss Bush's butt.

The Garcia administration grants foreign companies with enormous privileges while it kills Peruvian citizens as we were dogs, thus they are creating a bestial battle between indigenous brothers. Alan Garcia must resign and Congress should call for a general elections. Otherwise there will be more deaths due to police and military repression, if we stay silent in the name of the progress for the few. Where is Mario Vargas Llosa to protest for freedom and democracy in Peru?

Shit, if nothing is done to defend the lives of Peruvians and the integrity of the nation, not only we will continue having a criminal as a president - but we will be witnessing the takeover of Peru by Chile or the birth of a new U.S. colony where inequality will worsen but fancy Wal-Mart monsters and luxurious hotels will pop up next to Machu Picchu.

Meanwhile our children are dying of cold in the highlands, our Amazon brothers are preparing for war, and the children of the victims both police officers and natives are dreaming of a day when they can revenge the deaths of their loved ones. Today is the people of Bagua, tomorrow it can be you. Free Trade policies with the U.S. have already destroyed the lives of millions of Mexicans and Central Americans, and are projected to benefit only 3% of Peruvians -those who already have everything but are so unhappy they are begging for more blood shed.

Lets defend life, human rights, justice, progress with equality, respect for our planet. Lets defend what every courageous, dignified and decent people would fight for in those times in history that require all the greatness and the courage of a nation.

Peru wake up.

  • Windtalker
    June 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    For many moons now these people that are starting this civil war have been creating division worldwide it is called divide and conquer it is sad that they have succeeded in Peru.In other areas of that region like Bogata they ousted the trouble makers sent there to do just these types of things to make the people to turn on each other while there interests cut up the lands so that they may get rich while the people stay poor,so that they may hire slave labour at a few cents a day.While their friends raise the price of gas fuel and food worldwide.I guess this was the outcome of the bildibergs meeting huh to take advantage of the poor nations resources and if they did cede to their demands pay traitors to create civil unrest and blame those defending their lands and families.Well this will not be tolerated any longer i say that if Peru attacks anymore of my people and all us tribal people and if barrick gold is allowed to defile sacred land on Shoshone territory that we should stand united worldwide against all industry worldwide like in Panama,mexico,Australia,Africa,Asia,anywhere where our people have been victimized tortured had our houses burned down for goldmines,coalmines,where my people in my own back yard have been poisoned by tarsands have had there lands stolen for oil pipelines where they hire our own people to evict us from protest sites worldwide when we are just defending our lands and families from greedy and corrupt corporations and governments.This must stop for they are not just murdering and oppressing our people worldwide tribal people they are not just burning down villages to make room for there goldmines they are not just poisoning the waters and using it all for their mines but they are destroying a living planet they are disrupting the very balance of this world.These rich hide behind there armies and police and call it law,when they the armies and police are damning there very souls with these actions when they tribal people are the good guys protecting lands and country so to speak.I feel that most who put on a badge choose that position in life because they are rightous and just and those that join the millitary don't join to murder and oppress but to protect there homelands and civillians well protect the lands and people from the corporations and corrupt governments and stop siding with the evil in the world and side with the good those protesters are not terrorists they are defenders the true terrorists are the ones who order to kill and murder to burn down villages to make force moves of entire communities so that they may get there mines in there and destroy the lands.I myself plan on starting a global movement against goldmines coalmines tarsands oil refineries logging and any type of industry that destroys and murders oppresses bribes for money Heaven and earth is in agreement that the enemy to this dying world is the said corporations and if they attack my people in Peru if they attack the sacred sites on Shoshone territory all of nature and myself will go on a warpath with all mines and eco-terrorists worldwide.We must all put a stop to this madness,and we must work together.I stand by the people of Peru i stand by the people of the Shoshone i stand by any who have had there lands stolen and poisoned.and if they attack so shall i and so shall nature and so shall the elementals and so shall the heavens.


    • Herb Slojewski
      June 14, 2009 at 1:06 pm

      From what I've heard there were more dead policemen than Indians. This is the work of some Marxist bastards who are encouraging the Indians to blockade development in the area. The left wing is doing damage the world over with this sort of manipulation in order to bring a halt to free trade and any development at all. It's even going on in the United States now. U.S. citizens didn't realize they were electing a socialist in 2008.

    • June 15, 2009 at 11:16 am

      No, that's just what the corporate news is reporting. See:

      And it's not "marxist bastards" as you say, Herb. Since April 9, 2009, more than 1,250 Indigenous communities have been protesting daily because of the new FTA Laws Garcia announced without consulting the Indigenous Population. Those decrees threaten their lands and violate UNDRIP and ILO Convention 169. This situation in Bagua is a part of those protests. Thousands of Indigenous people were protesting there peacefully for more than a week, then the military came to clear them out by force.

      See here for a glance at the protests since April:

  • John Riddell
    June 8, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for your fine coverage of the massacre in Peru.

    Is there an appeal circulating in defense of the Indigenous people against the Garcia government?

    Please advise.


  • June 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Hey John. The best appeal going right now is There was one for NGOs on June 6 but I don't think it's active anymore.

    A number of contacts have also been put together so people can write their own letters.

    Maybe subscribe to this thread (click subscribe below) because I think more will be on the way. More facts are coming in now. Very disturbing.


  • June 9, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I've also contacted hopefully they start a campaign of their own


  • angie
    June 11, 2009 at 7:25 am

    that it wasnt noticied here, there is a double moral


  • allison clegg
    July 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    i am peruvian and i live in canada i am in pain for all my fellow peruvians as my family down there, peruvians, are being betrayed by the person they voted for, it is not a told you so but, Garcia has already made enoufh damage in the 90s leaving the country in great inflation killing the midlle class, between others. this is a non stop the give away of our land , first come first serve has already started, in peru whoever has the means to rape our country will, while, we peruvians the owners of the land will die in poverty, it is so sad, this comes from somebody who is so proud of being peruvian.


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