Landmark Agreement on Amazon Oilfields Shows Indigenous Movements’ New Power | Truthout

Posted by Trish Riley, June 9, 2011

When reviewing a story about a recent deal between the government and Indians regarding multinational oil companies in the Peruvian Amazon, the editor of an important national news magazine said the story seemed "bereft of drama" and too full of "insidery [sic] negotiations."

He was right. And that was what made it news.

After having to seize oil facilities, capture airfields and blockade roads and rivers in recent years in order to grab attention and force talks, the Quechua people of Northern Peru this week won a landmark agreement with the regional government of Loreto – a virtual dream sheet, really, considering the decades of neglect – for services and projects in their communities along the Pastaza River near the border with Ecuador.

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