Bagua, Peru: A Year After https://nacla.org/node/6622
On June 5, 2009 police moved in with lethal force to remove indigenous protesters upset about their lands being opened up to oil and gas drilling. The ensuing violence left 34 people dead and hundreds wounded. Now, a year later, not only hasn't there been a fair and impartial accounting of what led up to this violence in Bagua, but also the conditions and reasons for it remain intact in Peru. Development plans, designed to exploit the country's natural resources, are accelerating in the country. And Peruvian President Alan Garcia might just be undermining the country's new consultation law, meant to make the decision-making process around these development plans more democratic.