The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency on Thursday for 15 days in the province of Coronel Portillo, Ucayali department, because of violent confrontations between strikers and police. The decree suspends constitutional guarantees of liberty and personal security, the inviolability of the home, and the freedom to meet and travel.
From Aporrea; translation mine.
Incredible. And yet, not a word about it in the US media. They’re too busy trying to tar Hugo Chavez with the dictator label and make it stick. Meanwhile, Alan Garcia is acting the part much more closely, and do you think anyone says boo about him? No. Why? No oil. Or at least, not enough of it…and no resistance to international vampire corporations on the part of Garcia. In fact, he’s more than happy to repress strikers and suspend constitutional liberties in an entire region.