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Peru: “If I Don’t Come Back, Look For Me in Putis” 

November 17, 2008 Larissa Hotra 0

On Nov. 13, in a crowded room at the Inter-cultural Center at Georgetown University, the audience traveled to Ayacucho, Peru and watched as the Equipo Peruano de Antropología Forense (Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team-EPAF) exhumed the remains of disappeared persons from the Putis massacre of December 13, 1984.  […]

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Militarization and the War on Drugs in Peru: Interview with Ricardo Soberón

October 27, 2008 Yásser Gómez 0

The government of Alan García has initiated Plan VRAE, a military offensive in the South Andean region of Ayacucho, specifically with the object of exterminating the surviving militias of the Communist Party of Peru – Shining Path and defeating drug trafficking. At the same time, more than a hundred North American marines have settled in Ayacucho. Upside Down World interviews Peruvian lawyer Ricardo Soberón Garrido, a specialist in militarization and drug issues on possible interpretations of this offensive. […]

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Peru: Buried But Not Forgotten on International Day of the Disappeared

September 18, 2008 C. Edward Anable 0

Photo: Alain Wittman

On a cold December night in 1984 in Putis, Peru more than 100 men, women, and children were forced to dig their own graves before being executed with automatic weapons and then buried in shallow earth. What is not known are the identities of the victims or who ordered the massacres or why. Almost 24 years later at least one of these questions has begun to be answered. […]

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Peru: Piura Votes, A Dangerous Precedent

September 16, 2008 Jennifer Moore 0

One year ago today, a local vote was held concerning possible mining activity in three highland districts in northwestern Peru. The referendum drew thousands of peasant farmers, many of whom traveled for the best part of a day by horse, truck or on foot. […]

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