It seems like the rightwing oil industry is at it again this time in Peru.
From what I have read it would seem that Pluspetrol wants to take over an area covering just over 12,400 square km, known as Lot 108. It encompasses a large part of the Ene river basin in the provinces of Junín, Cusco, Ayacucho and Pasco.
The 18 indigenous communities of the Ene river basin are unanimously opposed to the operations of Pluspetrol Peru.
You can read the article here, but for now this is a quick summary.
The state-run Perupetro signed the concession over to Pluspetrol, disregarding International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169, which stipulates that governments must consult indigenous communities prior to undertaking any activity that affects them or their land.
Buendia, one of the local leaders had this to say, “First we were invaded by Sendero, which generated social conflict and death, and now the transnational corporations have come to take our territory away. Seeing our land and water polluted is just another way to die,”.
Boy, the whole thing sounds very familiar doesn’t it? They want to “ modernize “ these people and destroy and pollute their land whether they want it or not!
Like I said rightwing exploitation as has been going on in Latin America for ages! Oh Yes!!! Ages. ( see link at the bottom). And then its referred to as BUSINESS!!!
Many will remember how the Native American Indian got screwed of their lands when the U.S. government first had them sign treaties they never honored then brutally forced them onto reservations in many instances dying along the route see Trail of Tears, all for the sake of exploitation of the land. Well believe it or not it is still going on, in the 21st century! And it has been going on for a long time and many times with U.S. involvement either overtly or covertly. You might want to read this article by the late Steve Kangas: A Timeline of CIA Atrocities There are many shocking revelations in this timeline as to who was in who’s bed!!!
I say the Late Steve Kangas because he was found dead under what many call mysterious circumstances. Many feel that it was a government hit job because of the information he published.
No doubt the Ashaninka People will fall victim to a similar fate.
Tags: Ashaninka People, Ayacucho, CIA, Cusco, Ene river basin, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169, Junín, Lot 108, Native American Indian, Pasco, Pluspetrol, Pluspetrol Peru, rightwing oil industry, Steve Kangas, Trail of Tears