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Santigo Manuin Valera

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This episode of The Green Interview features Santiago Manuin, a prominent leader of the Awajun indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon. In 2009, he was shot eight times—and almost killed—by the Peruvian army during an epic confrontation over industrial exploitation of indigenous lands. The high-stakes struggle began in 2008 when Peru, under the leadership of President Alan Garcia, entered into a free trade agreement with the United States. In order to implement the agreement, Garcia, with the assent of Congress, issued a number of enabling decrees without consulting the indigenous people of the region. One of the decrees withdrew the requirement that extractive firms acquire informed consent from local communities before beginning their activities. In other words, the Amazon was open for business. A full year of declared opposition by the indigenous groups culminated in 65 days of civil disobedience including a two-week blockade by as many as 5,000 Awajun, Wampis and other local people on the main east-west highway in northern Peru at a location called “Devil’s Curve” in Bagua province—the location of a brutal government crackdown that resulted in at least 33 dead and 150 wounded. In this Green Interview, Manuin, who is still undergoing treatment for his injuries and prohibited from leaving Peru, describes what happened that day in June, 2009, why it happened and how it could have been avoided..
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53 min.
In English
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The Green Interview, 2014.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
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Originally produced by The Green Interview in 2014.
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1183106 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file) (53 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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