Aug 24th, 2008
On Friday, August 22nd, the Peruvian legislature voted 66-28 to repeal two laws that would have opened up vast tracts of indigenous land in the Amazon to oil and gas exploration, mining, logging and other destructive “development.”
An estimated 12,000 indigenous protesters from 65 tribes had seized energy installations, marched and clashed with police in protest of the laws for more than 10 days. The laws had been initially passed through unilateral decree by President Alan Garcia in order to bring the country into compliance with the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement.
Under Peruvian law, the president has 15 days to endorse the repeal or to amend and resubmit the laws. If he takes the latter course, Congress can vote to overrule him and maintain the repeal.
Indigenous Peruvians Seize Energy Infrastructure (August 12)
Oil Pipeline Shut Down by Ongoing Peru Protests (August 17)
Temporary Truce in Indigenous Peru Standoff (August 21)