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2009 Peruvian political crisis


The 2009 Peruvian political crisis results from the ongoing opposition to oil exploitation in the Peruvian Amazon, with local Native Americans opposing Petroperu and the National Police. At the forefront of the movement to resist the exploitation, is AIDESEP, the coalition of indigenous community organizations. Inside the Peruvian Amazon The Real News, June 12 2009

In June 2009, Human Rights Watch condemned the Peruvian government's decision to revoke the broadcast license of a local radio station stating that "The timing and circumstances of the revocation suggest that it may have been an act of censorship, or punishment, in response to coverage of anti-government protests on June 5, 2009."

"If there is in fact credible evidence that a radio station has actively supported or incited violence, then the broadcasters should be subject to investigation and sanction, with all appropriate judicial guarantees," said Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. "But closing down a station this way certainly looks like retaliation for coverage the government didn't like."

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News report (in English) showing the brutal attack and killings of the amazon Indians by the Peruvian police (under orders of President Alan Garcia and Minister of the Interior Mercedes Cabanillas)

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