Ah, good old martial law. They also used it to bring down pakistan. While the West stood idly by and supported it. Same old, same old in Peru. The military is killing protestors. Let this be a leeson to us, the only people who can take away your freedoms is your OWN military!! History has proven this. -------------------------------------------- Peru: Blood Flows in the Amazon By James Petras June 12, 2009 "ICH" -- - In early June, Peruvian President Alan GarcÃa, an ally of US President Barack Obama, ordered armored personnel carriers, helicopter gun-ships and hundreds of heavily armed troops to assault and disperse a peaceful, legal protest organized by members of Peruâs Amazonian indigenous communities protesting the entry of foreign multinational mining companies on their traditional homelands. Dozens of Indians were killed or are missing, scores have been injured and arrested and a number of Peruvian police, held hostage by the indigenous protestors were killed in the assault. President GarcÃa declared martial law in the region in order to enforce his unilateral and unconstitutional fiat granting of mining exploitation rights to foreign companies, which infringed on the integrity of traditional Amazonian indigenous communal lands. Alan GarcÃa is no stranger to government-sponsored massacres. In June 1986, he ordered the military to bomb and shell prisons in the capital holding many hundreds of political prisoners protesting prison conditions â resulting in over 400 known victims. Later obscure mass graves revealed dozens more. This notorious massacre took place while GarcÃa was hosting a gathering of the so-called âSocialistâ International in Lima. His political party, APRA (American Popular Revolutionary Alliance) a member of the âInternationalâ, was embarrassed by the public display of its ânational-socialistâ proclivities, before hundreds of European Social Democrat functionaries. Charged with misappropriation of government funds and leaving office with an inflation rate of almost 8,000% in 1990, he agreed to support Presidential candidate Alberto Fujimori in exchange for amnesty. When Fujimori imposed a dictatorship in 1992, GarcÃa went into self-imposed exile in Colombia and later, France. He returned in 2001 when the statute of limitations on his corruption charges had expired and Fujimori was forced to resign amidst charges of running death squads and spying on his critics. GarcÃa won the 2006 Presidential elections in a run-off against the pro-Indian nationalist candidate and former Army officer, Ollanta Humala, thanks to financial and media backing by Limaâs rightwing, ethnic European oligarchs and US overseas âAIDâ agencies. Back in power, GarcÃa left no doubt about his political and economic agenda. In October 2007 he announced his strategy of placing foreign multi-national mining companies at the center of his economic âdevelopmentâ program, while justifying the brutal displacement of small producers from communal lands and indigenous villages in the name of âmodernizationâ. GarcÃa pushed through congressional legislation in line with the US-promoted âFree Trade Agreement of the Americasâ or ALCA. Peru was one of only three Latin American nations to support the US proposal. He opened Peru to the unprecedented plunder of its resources, labor, land and markets by the multinationals. In late 2007, GarcÃa began to award huge tracts of traditional indigenous lands in the Amazon region for exploitation by foreign mining and energy multinationals. This was in violation of a 1969 International Labor Organization-brokered agreement obligating the Peruvian government to consult and negotiate with the indigenous inhabitants over exploitation of their lands and rivers. Under his âopen doorâ policy, the mining sector of the economy expanded rapidly and made huge profits from the record-high world commodity prices and the growing Asian (Chinese) demand for raw materials. The multinational corporations were attracted by Peruâs low corporate taxes and royalty payments and virtually free access to water and cheap government-subsidized electricity rates. The enforcement of environmental regulations was suspended in these ecologically fragile regions, leading to wide-spread contamination of the rivers, ground water, air and soil in the surrounding indigenous communities. Poisons from mining operations led to massive fish kills and rendered the water unfit for drinking. The operations decimated the tropical forests, undermining the livelihood of tens of thousands of villagers engaged in traditional artisan work and subsistence forest gathering and agricultural activities.