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Demonstration in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in Peru
Date Tuesday May 26
Time 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details
In front of the Consulate General of Peru, 3450 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, cross street Mariposa
Event Type Protest
Organizer/Author
Prayer Vigil and peaceful demonstration In solidarity and support with 65 tribes,1000 communities and more than 30,000 indigenous peoples in Peru.

Hollywood celebrities, Activists and Indigenous youth are pulling together in a Prayer Vigil and peaceful demonstration In solidarity and support with 65 tribes,1000 communities and more than 30,000 indigenous peoples in Peru, who are being Criminalized by their government for holding peaceful protests throughout the country’s Amazon region. Since April 9th, for fundamental human rights.

Celebrities attending to help raise awareness and on the docket to speak are: Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World, The People Speak), Clifton Collins jr (Star Trek, The Horsemen), Alex Meraz (The Twilight Saga-New Moon), Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera)
Other celebrity activists lending their support to this event are Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and Esai Morales

PRAYER VIGIL AND PACEFUL DEMOTSTRATION IS SOLARITY AND SUPPOR 65 TRIBES IN PERU.

When: Tuesday, May 26th, 6:30 pm

Where: In front of the Consulate General of Peru , 3450 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, cross street Mariposa

What: We call on the Peruvian Government to respect the rights of its indigenous peoples and refrain from using military force,violence, repression and bloodshed in their response to the Indigenous mobilizations. Furthermore we strongly urge the Peruvian press and media to commit to accurate press coverage of the protests and stop radicalizing and distorting the position of the indigenous protestors in the eyes of the public.

Why: : For the past 43 days, Thousands of indigenous people have been blockading roads and river traffic throughout the Amazon in peaceful protests, demanding the repeal of a series of new laws imposed by the Garcia Administration under the pretext of implementing the Free Trade agreements (FTA) with the United States.


Protesters demand the revocation of 10 new legal decrees, which grant international corporate access to Amazonian lands and allow oil, logging and mining companies to buy large parcels of communally-owned indigenous land without the consent of the local inhabitants.

These new laws directly undermine indigenous peoples rights and violate rights recognized in the national constitution as well as in international treaties, including the United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 169.

Implementing these new legal decrees, result in a government backed land-grab by large international corporations and the extractive industries and set the stage for water privatization. In spite of the fact that the consequences of such laws directly affecting indigenous peoples life’s, wellbeing and in some cases even their survival, the new laws allow for Indigenous peoples to be excluded from the decision making process.

On May 9, 2009, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the regions of Loreto, Amazonas, Cusco, and Ucayali in an attempt to criminalize and intimidate whatever protests occur on indigenous territory. This action is a license for the government to violently repress Indigenous People and the Peruvian Government is subjecting indigenous areas to military occupation in order to silence indigenous community opponents of extractive industries.

Under the emergency decree, all constitutional rights have been suspended — including the right to hold meetings and freedom of movement. The measure also permits the use of armed forces against the civil population, criminalizing the legitimate rights and demands of the Peruvian indigenous nations, as well as endangering normal democratic rights.

Accurate news reports out of Peru have been extremely scarce, despite the sad news that one protester is dead, 9 more critically wounded, 6 indigenous leaders detained and several people gone missing in a recent confrontation with military police.

Video and photo evidence show police beating peaceful protesters and firing rubber bullets in order to break up demonstrations blocking roads and bridges.

Also, In an aggressive harassment campaign, the Garcia government has filed criminal charges of treason and sedition against 6 indigenous leaders including Alberto Pizango, president of AIDESEP, Peru's national indigenous organization Furthermore, the government appears to be carrying out a strategy to control press coverage of both the mobilization and the response

Contact: On-Q initiative / Q’orianka Kilcher peru.initiative [at] yahoo.com
Tel: 310-696-9424
Interview and photo requests :
QPR publicity qpr.publicity [at] gmail.com

http://www.aidesep.org.pe
http://www.redambientalloretana.org
http://amazonwatch.org

Martha Ugarte
Community Guidance Media Network
(818) 398-2578
Fax (818) 920-0790
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