Faces of South America
Bagua (Amazon), Peru
One month after a bloody clash between indigenous natives (Awajun), local migrants and the Peruvian national police, locals visit a memorial in honor of their family, friends and neighbors who died fighting for indigenous rights. On June 5, 2009 the police, using tanks, helicopters, tear gas and firearms, attacked a roadblock approximately 450 miles north of the capital, Lima. Protestors had been blocking roads for two months to demonstrate their opposition to laws that gave logging, mining and oil companies access to their ancestral grounds - the Amazon.