Officers buried, Indian protests continue in Peru

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June 8, 2009 04:55

Peruvian President Alan Garcia accused Amazon Indians of "barbarity" Sunday in the killing of 22 members of a paramilitary police force sent to break up anti-development protests. While the blockades that had halted the flow of oil out of the jungle appeared mostly disbanded, and Indians went into hiding fearing arrest, native groups nevertheless seized a remote airport Sunday and refused to abandon a key jungle roadblock. Protesters interviewed by The Associated Press, meanwhile, said the police attack early Friday was unprovoked, and they couldn't be expected to stand by as officers mowed them down with gunfire. In a speech in Lima, Garcia accused Indians opposed to oil, gas and other development on their native lands of impeding progress, either through "elemental ignorance" or manipulation by outside interests he didn't name.


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