27 May 2010
Urgent Alert: Albert Pizango arrested and under threat!
Albert Pizango, the leader of Aidesep, the indigenous network in the Peruvian Amazon, spent a year in exile after a government militia massacred local people protesting at Amazon destruction.
This week he returned to Peru after a year in Nicaragua and was arrested yesterday.
He is accused of formenting violence. When the violence occurred in Bagua, it involved the Peruvian authorities first shooting and killing over a hundred protesters. And Pizango was hundreds of miles away in Lima.
Aidesep have done a wonderful job preventing the Amazon from being taken by oil and gas companies. Because they protect the environment, they face imprisonment and death.
Please protest.....letter to Peruvian President Alan Garcia here. (the link is in spanish but you can write in English and use google translate if you need to!)
For background please look here
And please spread the word, if you care about your planet the most effective thing you can do is to support Aidesep.