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The Council and RAN protest Petrolifera

The Calgary Herald reports that, “About 20 protestors gathered outside the offices of Petrolifera Petroleum Ltd. on Friday afternoon, calling for a stop to the company’s activities in Peru after recent violence in the country.”

“Rainforest Action Network and the Council of Canadians staged a ‘die-in’ on the sidewalk to raise awareness of the deaths of indigenous protestors in Bagua, Peru, last week.

The protestors held photographs of victims and laid on the cement with white sheets covering their faces.”

“The group is also calling for Canada to halt a free trade agreement with Peru, currently before the Senate.”

Our media release for today’s action, ‘Alberta petroleum company asked to cease operations in Peru now’, can be read at www.canadians.org/media/trade/2009/12-June-09.html.

Please respond to our ‘ACTION ALERT: Canada must halt free trade agreement with Peru’ at www.canadians.org/action/2009/11-June-09.html.

The Calgary Herald article is at www.calgaryherald.com/business/fp/Calgary+protestors+rally+outside+Petrolifera+office+denounce+Peru+deaths/1690402/story.html.

Today’s protest was also covered in the Calgary Sun at www.calgarysun.com/news/alberta/2009/06/12/9781841.html.