Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in Peru
A protest was held outside th Peruvian Consulate in Toronto where about thiry people came to show their solidarity with the indigenous peoples in Peru.
The following letter was delivered to the Consul General of the Republic of Peru by the Latin American Solidarity Network – Toronto:
Toronto, June 10, 2009
Gabriel Garcia Pike, Consul General of the Republic of Peru
10 St. Mary Street, #301
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1P9
The Latin American Solidarity Network of Toronto conveys to you its most emphatic protest against the unjustified massacre carried out by your country’s repressive forces on June 5 against the aboriginal people of Abya Yala in Peru’s Amazon Region.
We have learned that Peru’s security forces, sent to break up a peaceful demonstration by indigenous people, murdered at least 28 of them. The Natives were striving to preserve their ancestral territories from seizure by transnational corporations…
Given the gravity of these developments, the Latin American Solidarity Network requests that you transmit to your government the following demands:
1. The national government must withdraw its military forces from Native territory.
2. The civil and military authorities responsible for this massacre must be prosecuted.
3. Peru’s Amazon territories must be preserved as a natural sanctuary, free of interference by transnational corporations who seek only to maximize their gain at the cost of the destruction of nature.
4. The fundamental cause of the Native protests is the increasingly damaging effects of Peru’s free trade agreements with Canada and the US on the economy, lives, and culture of the indigenous peoples. These treaties should be canceled.
We thank you for conveying to your government this indignant protest.
Carlos Torchia, Coordinator
Latin American Solidarity Network – Toronto
The following photos were taken on May 22nd, 2009, in New York City at a similar protest outside the Peruvian Mission in NYC.
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