Former Peruvian Senator to Discuss Indigenous Struggles

Posted: October 23, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Javier Diez Canseco, former Peruvian senator and congressman from 1976 to 2006 and a 2006 socialist presidential candidate, will speak on “Rise Up: The Amazonian Indigenous Struggle in Peru” on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m. in Student Union Building II, Rooms 3 and 4.

Only a few months ago in Bagua, a town in the Peruvian Amazon, police were sent in to dislodge thousands of indigenous protesters who had taken to the streets in protest of government decrees that would give multinational corporations free reign to explore oil in indigenous territories. This confrontation resulted in several indigenous and police being wounded and killed. The government has since rescinded these laws and negotiations have begun between indigenous leaders and the state about foreign oil exploration in the Amazon.

The speaker will address this conflict and discuss the status of indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Canseco led a congressional commission to investigate corruption charges during the Fujimori regime. He currently works with regional organizations and indigenous movements in Peru.

The event is hosted by Latin American Studies, the Global Interdisciplinary Affairs Program and the Center for Global Studies.

All are invited.

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