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Three Years after the Tragedy of Bagua and Little Has Changed
Author: Gregor MacLennan. Amazon Watch, Published on: 6 June 2012
Three years ago yesterday, Peruvian police, in an attempt to end 55 days of peaceful indigenous protests across the Amazon basin, opened fire on a group of protesters...near the town of Bagua...The violent clashes that ensued left 34 dead and over 200 injured...Each group of protestors had their own fight - a gold mine...ongoing contamination from 40 years of oil drilling in Corrientes, ongoing spills from the Camisea Gas project...Today, Peru has a new government...hopes faded with Humala's response to massive mobilizations against the $4.8 billion Conga open-pit mining project [joint venture Buenaventura & Newmont]...From the Achuar peoples' protest against proposed drilling by Talisman Energy...to marches...against the threat to the city's drinking water by ConocoPhillips, and increasing number of indigenous peoples are speaking out in defense of their water and their future. Unfortunately Humala continues to walk in the footsteps of Garcia...