Take a good, hard look at what oppression in Latin America means.
It’s not water cannon, it’s not tear gas in Seattle, it’s 123 people
shot to death by their own army and thrown in a mass grave.
The village name ‘Putis’ resonates among Peruvians the same way that ‘My Lai’ does for North Americans; back in December 1984 the Peruvian army rounded up at least 123 Putis villagers and forced them to dig a large pit. Then, as they were suspected of being sympathetic to the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) terrorists they were mown down by gunfire and thrown into the communal grave of their own making. The remains of children as young as one year old were found when the site was excavated last year (photo above).