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Felle protesten in Peru tegen mijnbouw

Het protest haalde de Nederlandse media alleen omdat er een bus met toeristen, waaronder Nederlandse gezinnen, door vast kwam te zitten. Maar de regio waar dit conflict speelt is al jaren zeer onrustig. Lokale bewoners pikken niet dat hun leefomgeving wordt vernield voor een kopermijn van een multinational.

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Peru: veteran guerilla fighter Hugo Blanco speaks on Amazon struggle

In the early 1960s, Hugo Blanco launched Peru's first agrarian reform, as an initiative of self-organized campesinos in the valleys of La Convención and Lares in Cuzco department, where an oppressive feudalistic share-cropping system had been in place for generations. When this movement to take back the land was met with repression, he formed a campesino self-defense militia which was the first armed struggle of the radical left in Peru. Captured and sentenced to life in prison in 1962, he was released and exiled following the populist military coup of Gen. Juan Velasco eight years later. He returned to Peru to participate in crafting the new constitution when civilian rule was restored in 1978. In 1980, he was a presidential candidate, and was serving as a senator with the United Left party when he again had to flee the country with Alberto Fujimori's suspension of democratic rule in 1992. He today publishes the journal Lucha Indigena, and is a leading voice in support of the indigenous movement in Peru's Amazon

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