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Oblate JPIC Action Alert: Protest Killing of Indigenous People in the Amazon June 10th, 2009


dsc_0357Police Massacre of Indigenous Protesters in the Peruvian Amazon is linked to the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement

Over the past weekend, confrontations in the Peruvian Amazon between nonviolent indigenous protesters and police have left more than 60 people dead. As many as 30,000 Indigenous people have been protesting for nearly two months, a series of Presidential Decrees issued last year under the US-Peru FTA implementation law. Several of these decrees directly threaten Indigenous territories and rights.

Please click here to take action to tell President Obama of our outrage at the massacre of peaceful, indigenous protesters in Peru that is directly connected to the Free Trade Agreement.

Last April, 41 Oblate parish priests from the region issued a statement titled, “Protecting and Respecting the Amazon, we protect the indigenous”. The priests spoke directly of “the increase of social injustice and ecological destruction which threatens the very existence of indigenous and peasant communities that are being despoiled of their lands.”

Full Statement available on this website.

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