PERU: Indigenous resistance forces government to reverse decision

Giving the lie to its earlier claims that it was impossible to repeal the contested decrees that sparked 70 days of protests and blockades throughout the country’s Amazon region, the Peruvian government rescinded two of those laws on June 18th.

The protests started after President Alan Garcia passed 10 laws by presidential decree that would open up vast tracts of indigenous land in the Amazon to exploitation by mineral (including oil and gas) exploration, logging, agriculture and hydroelectric dams. The government claimed that the laws were necessary to bring the country into compliance with the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement.

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Posted on 25 June, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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