Saturday, June 6, 2009

Take everything you hear with a grain of salt.

TO BE NOTED: From Bloggings by boz:

"Peru protests boil over 2

Events are moving quickly in Bagua, Peru after yesterday's clashes. There are a lot of allegations and counter-allegations and a lot of unconfirmed information out there. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt.

Indigenous protesters took 38 police officers hostage. The news breaking right now says the military made a rescue attempt. The Peruvian military say they rescued 22 police, nine were killed by the protesters and seven remain missing.

Among other news (which I've also covered on Twitter):
  • Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Alberto Pizango.
  • The Peruvian Congress will hold a hearing on Monday.
  • Members of the Peruvian government and pro-govt media claim the protesters are backed by Bolivia and Venezuela. Indigenous groups deny the allegations.
  • Indigenous groups claim the government is lying about the number of protesters dead and are burning the bodies to "disappear" them (via IKN).
  • The government has declared a day of national mourning tomorrow for the police officers who died. Flags at all Peruvian government buildings will be a half staff.
Both sides are using very harsh rhetoric which is serving to escalate the hostilities.

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