Sunday, June 14, 2009

POLITICAL POCAHONTAS IN PERU



In an incredible media mash-ups of politics, popular culture and press conference, Q’orianka Kilcher arrives in Peru to help pull mainstream media attention and break through the "official" news story -- promoted by President Garcia and the local establishment -- denying eye-witness reports of a massacre of non-violent protestors. The government has claimed only 9 Indian deaths and focused on the 24 policemen who they claim were "savagely murdered by ignorant locals" agitated by "extreme leftist outsiders" trying to impede progress and a better life for all Peruvians.

Kilcher, 19, held a press conference Friday at the Lima offices of the indigenous peoples’ association Aidesep, organizer of two months of protests against a law that gives the government power to grant mining, logging and drilling concessions on Indian land without consulting residents.

Saying that exiled indigenous leader Alberto Pizango "is in her heart", she arrived to join with the tens of thousands of people who took to the streets of Peruvian cities and worldwide to show solidarity with the Indians. Meanwhile,
a representative of the human rights group Aprodeh, Peruvian attorney Juan Jose Quispe, toured the conflict zone and reported that 61 people remain missing and that there have been 133 arrested and 189 injured.

Here is an on-the-scene video (in Spanish)



Catapa has assembled a photo collection of the gruesome details and many other reports.

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