Peru: Voicing the Concerns of the People

by May 30, 2009

Over 10,000 people gathered on the streets of Lima, Peru last Wednesday, May 27, to support the ongoing Mobilization of Indigenous Peoples, which began exactly 52 days ago today.

During the demonstration, an indigenous man took to the podium to voice the concerns of the People.

Elsewhere in Peru this week, " estimated 2,500 Wambis and Awajun indigenous people have blockaded a 20-kilometer stretch of the main road to the northern Amazon. In Southern Peru, some 350 indigenous Matsigenka have set up a blockade in the town of Machu Picchu, disrupting service to the country's top tourist destination," says Amazon Watch.

Thousands more have also stepped in to the mobilization, which is already backed by more than 1000 indigenous communities.

Ever since the mobilization began, "the government has been aggressively attempting to quell (it) through intimidation tactics and force including deploying the armed forces, declaring a state of emergency and bringing criminal charges against indigenous leaders," Amazon Watch continues.

But even so, the People have remained committed to repealing those laws, which the government passed without their consent.

Their commitment is working. The constitutional committee of Congress have ruled against two of the laws this month, Decrees 994 and 1090, declaring them both "unconstitutional."

The commission is scheduled to hand down rulings on eight more of the decrees in the coming weeks.

  • May 30, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Forgot to say thanks to Peruanista for uploading the video, and those independent journalists who passed it on to him. Thank you!

    PS: Everybody should send a message to President Alan García


  • Ester Jansen
    May 30, 2009 at 9:44 am

    message sent,seems that Indigenous people in the world have more fighting spirit than my kind!
    Thank you for the post Ahni!


  • May 30, 2009 at 10:28 am

    No problem, Ester--and, thank you too!

    seems that Indigenous people in the world have more fighting spirit than my kind!

    hmm, it may seem like that nowadays but there was a time, my friend, when your people stood up like our brothers and sisters in Peru. Hopefully one day they remember, and, as a wise man once once said: "take their place among the living." The future depends on it.


  • Windtalker
    May 31, 2009 at 4:39 am

    The great spirits of the earth are on your side,we should start doing the same out here in Canada to end the tar sands and the destruction of the Boreal forest and all the eco terrorisim to the lands,seas and medicine animals.To me they are the terrorists the corporations and governments with deep pockets who allow the rape of this living planet.Much power and many blessings to your cause.You will always be under my wing.


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