June 11 – Solidarity with Indigenous in Peru

Demonstration and information picket in front of the Peruvian Embassy

Thursday, June 11 – 11:30am -1:30pm
Peruvian Embassy, Ottawa
130 Albert, between O’Connor and Metcalfe
Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement –Ottawa
Call for group endorsements of demands – see below

This protest is in response to calls for international solidarity by indigenous movements in Peru, as well as coinciding with the national strike called for June 11 inside of Peru.

Indigenous led protests against new “Free Trade” agreements in Peru have been met with brutal violence by the Peruvian government.  The Peruvian police and military murdered up to 100 protesters on June 5/6 2009, and are continuing to terrorize people under a declared ‘State of Emergency’ while blaming the protesters for the violence.  The Peruvian government considers the profits made from exploiting logging, mining, oil and agroindustry more important than the lives of protesters and indigenous people.

If we are serious about safeguarding the human rights of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of the Amazon, we need to act now. The violent repression of Indigenous protests and the loss of civil liberties must come to an end. If we want to protect and preserve the Amazon, and its bio-cultural diversity, especially in the face of climate change, there is no better protection than keeping it under the control of those who have maintained it forever. The free trade laws that open up the Amazon to logging, mining, oil and agroindustry must be suspended. Indigenous Peoples’ rights – to self-determination, to their lands and resources, to their lives – must be protected and guaranteed. If we are to stop other atrocities and bloodshed, the battle line must be withdrawn, immediately, and there must be dialogue.

It is essential to understand that this is not an “indigenous issue” or a “Peruvian” issue; this is a global issue; this is “our” issue in the north.  Since the 1980s and 1990s, the governments of the USA and Canada — along with our “development” institutions (from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Inter-American Development Bank, to our “aid” agencies [US-AID, CIDA]) — have been pushing for and insisting on the “free trade” trade model of development / exploitation, on the signing of “free trade” agreements. Canada signed a “free trade” agreement with Peru on May 29 2008, and on June 3 2009, Bill C-24 was passed in the House of Commons to implement this agreement. The Peruvian government has also signed “free trade” agreements with the United States, the European Union, Chile, and China, all of which endanger indigenous territorial rights and Amazonian biodiversity.



1) Immediately suspend violent repression of indigenous protests and the State of Emergency
2) Repeal the Free Trade Laws that allow oil, logging, and agricultural corporations easy entry into indigenous territories
3) Respect indigenous peoples’ constitutionally guaranteed rights to self-determination, to their ancestral territories, and to prior consultation
4) Enter into good faith process of dialogue with indigenous peoples to resolve this conflict

!! We are calling for groups and organizations to endorse these demands and this action. To do so, please email ipsmo@riseup.net by Wed June 10 at 1pm !!

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Write, Phone and Fax the Peruvian Embassy:

Tel: (613) 238-1777
Fax: (613) 232-3062
E-mail: emperuca@bellnet.ca

Tel: (613) 233-2721
Emergency Phone: (613) 796-0634
Fax: (613) 232-3062
E-mail: seccionconsular@embassyofperu.ca



* Reports by Ben Powless, IPSMO member currently in Peru

* In depth analysis of the situation, by Gerardo Rénique:

* News from AmazonWatch.org – includes action items