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Massacre in Peru Leads to Roll-Back of Free Trade "Development" Laws

The underreported overseas impact of free trade laws.

A massacre of indigenous protesters in Peru last weekend has resulted in the temporary roll-back of development laws that were passed without proper consultation under international law.  They were part of a package of laws issued to comply with a free trade agreement with the US.  This is just the tip of the iceberg of the overseas impacts of free trade laws that we routinely hear nothing about.

Peaceful protesters were attacked by police, who killed at least 22 of them, according to their latest count--police claimed just nine.  Twenty-three police were killed in return.  Democracy Now! reported on the massacre on Tuesday (excerpts on the flip), and Al Jazeera filed this report.

Paul Rosenberg is a regular blogger for Open Left