To whom it may concern (Garcia? Simon? Cabanillas? Pastor?)

'Free trade' shot me dead on the 5th of June.

Now I wear t-shirts made on the moon.

     Say it was the Left who made them do it,

     say the Church put them up to it,

     say they didn't know why they were there,

     say they were too stupid to care,

     and exile them to Nicaragua.

     Tell me lies about Bagua.

 

'Democracy' shot me dead on an Amazon highway.

Now I have my own party, vote my way.

     Say it was them who attacked,

     say the police just fought back,

     say it was the Left who made them do it,

     say the Church put them up to it,

     say they didn't know why they were there,

     say they were too stupid to care,

     and exile them to Nicaragua.

     Tell me lies about Bagua.

 

'Progress' shot me dead at the Devil's Bend.

Now I earn money I've nowhere to spend.

     Say it was the US's fault, not yours,

     say that was why you made the laws,

     say it was them who attacked,

     say the police just fought back,

     say it was the Left who made them do it,

     say the Church put them up to it,

     say they didn't know why they were there,

     say they were too stupid to care,

     and exile them to Nicaragua.

     Tell me lies about Bagua.

 

'Development' shot me dead, left me there to bleed.

Now I see a doctor whenever I need.

     Say it was a crime to have protested,

     say they should all be arrested,

     say it was the US's fault, not yours,

     say that was why you made the laws,

     say it was them who attacked,

     say the police just fought back,

     say it was the Left who made them do it,

     say the Church put them up to it,

     say they didn't know why they were there,

     say they were too stupid to care,

     and exile them to Nicaragua.

     Tell me lies about Bagua.

 

'Peru' shot me dead, took me away in a bag.

Now I know how to die for a flag.

     Say you'll do a thorough investigation,

     say you'll give them compensation,

     say it was a crime to have protested,

     say they should all be arrested,

     say it was the US's fault, not yours,

     say that was why you made the laws,

     say it was them who attacked,

     say the police just fought back,

     say it was the Left who made them do it,

     say the Church put them up to it,

     say they didn't know why they were there,

     say they were too stupid to care,

     and exile them to Nicaragua.

     Tell me lies about Bagua.

 

We urge Peru's government to cease misleading the global public about the events on 5th of June at Bagua, 2009, to cease its persecution of indigenous leaders, to permit the safe return of Alberto Pizango from Nicaragua,and to respect indigenous peoples' rights to their land and ways of life.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

The undersigned.

 

(This petition is an adaptation of a poem, 'To whom it may concern', by Adrian Mitchell).

Links


http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/04/violence-in-the-peruvian-amazon/

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/03/poem-for-bagua-peru/

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