IAI alerts to the humanitarian crisis in the Peruvian Amazon
On Friday 5th June 2009, a contingent of armed military police, accompanied by Armed Forces special personnel, opened fire on around 1,000 indigenous settlers who were protesting in Bagua, northeast Peru. The protestors were demanding the repeal of a series of laws passed by the executive to dispossess them of their land, in favour of multinational companies who are seeking to appropriate the Amazon rainforest.
The death toll so far includes at least 25 protestors, two journalists, and 11 police officers. Currently some other 1,000 indigenous people are occupying the Petroperú plant in the same zone, surrounded by a strong police cordon. They are threatening to blow up the plant if the police enter by force.
We call out to people of good will, social organizations, civil society institutions, and local and regional democratic governments, to join forces and undertake an international campaign of solidarity against the genocide of the Peruvian Amazonian population. To these ends, the International Alliance of Inhabitants supports the constitution of an international solidarity committee, which will be in direct and permanent contact with the affected peoples.» IAI alerts to the humanitarian crisis in the Peruvian Amazon