Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protesters.

Law exempts soldiers and police from criminal responsibility if they cause injuries or deaths.

Peruvian security forces arrest a protester in June 2009 during conflict that led to more than 30 people dying and over 200 injured.

Some of the recent media coverage about the fact that more than 50 people in Peru – the vast majority of them indigenous – are on trial following protests and fatal conflict in the Amazon over five years ago missed a crucial point. Yes, the hearings are finally going ahead and the charges are widely held to be trumped-up, but what about the government functionaries who apparently gave the riot police the order to attack the protestors, the police themselves, and – following Wikileaks’ revelations of cables in which the US ambassador in Lima criticized the Peruvian government’s “reluctance to use force” and wrote there could be “implications for the recently implemented Peru-US FTA” if the protests continued – the role of the US government?

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