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Solidarity with Indigenous Resistance in the Peruvain Amazon! ACTION ALERT!!!
In face of the recent massacre of over 100, (estimates up to 1000!!!),
indigenous as they fight to protect our mother earth, (they say the Amazon
jungle is the life lungs of the planet), from increase mining and oil
extraction thanks to a recently passed free trade agreement with the US,
(please read below for more info).
As a part of Rising Tide’s Week of Actions call out, People of Color Theater (POCAT) invite you to join us for an action/theater:
Friday, June 19, 11:30am - 1pm
870 Market St, SF, near Powell BART
11:30: Meet up, go inside to give a statement to the consulate rep., pass out fliers to the Peruvians at the consulate and to encourage them to talk
to the consulate rep. and to come and see the theater.
12ish: start the theater, encourage you and others to not be a passive audience and participate with us in the short skit and continue passing
out fliers. We'll also read the indigenous demands the Peruvian gov't, chalk up the side walk and more.
We'll have signs but please bring more, chalk, bull horns, etc... (415) 362-5185 … give ‘em a call!
Check out photos from last Tuesday’s theater at the Peruvian consulate, organized by Amazon Watch, Rising Tide, and Earth First Roadshow:
From Amazon Watch’s call out last Tuesday:
During last Friday’s violent raid, Special Forces of the Peruvian National Police opened fire on a peaceful indigenous blockade on a road outside of
Bagua, in a remote area of northern Peruvian Amazon. Several thousand Awajun and Wambis indigenous peoples were forcibly dispersed by tear gas and live ammunition leaving more than 150 injured and at least 40 confirmed dead, although the death toll is likely to continue to grow. 22
Police officers were also reported killed. Indigenous protests throughout the Amazon continue to grow while the Garcia Administration expands the State of Emergency in the region.
Peaceful demonstrations have been underway for nearly two months with no bloodshed until Friday’s aggressive raid.
The protests are in response to President Garcia’s failure to uphold indigenous peoples’ constitutionally guaranteed rights. In particular
indigenous peoples are calling for the repeal of a series of Presidential decrees that Garcia promulgated in the context of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. These degrees erode indigenous rights to land and resources in favor of oil and mineral exploitation. Garcia continues to block open and democratic debate about the constitutionality of the decrees in Peru’s Congress.