Peru: demands grow for Amazon massacre truth commission

The United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued a formal recommendation Aug. 28 that the government of Peru open an "exhaustive, objective and impartial investigation, including indigenous represetatives" into the June 5 deadly violence that ensued when National Police troops broke up an indigenous road blockade at Devil's Curve in Amazonas region—a bloody episode that the Peruvian press has dubbed the "Baguazo." (24 Horas Libre, Lima, Aug. 29)

Two generals of the Peruvian National Police (PNP), Elias Muguruza and Javier Uribe, are facing an internal investigation before the PNP's Disciplinary Tribunal for their role in the massacre. Uribe is denying responsibility, insisting that only his subordinate Muguruza was on the scene at Devil's Curve. Records indicate that Uribe initially told the Tribunal that he had left the Bagua operation in the hands