Abuso y resistencia

The agents seemed to be convinced the bus was carrying contraband, and started ruffling through the carry-on luggage—finally honing in on the Quechua women, who were sitting in the back of the bus. One of them was in tears again as the agents passed the women’s packages out the window to their cohorts on the roadside. Next—to my growing alarm—the agents commandeered the bus, demanding the driver take it to an isolated spot on the outskirts of the city. We weren’t being brought to a police station, so it was pretty clear something irregular was going on.

Once at the designated location—where we were invisible and therefore vulnerable—the agents really started getting tough with the Quechua women, threatening them and briefly manhandling one who continued to protest. The other passengers started geting impatient, whistling and slapping the side of the bus aggresively, and shouting “¡Vamanos!” In what I’m convinced was a reckless act of protest, the guy who was in control of the bus’ onboard video player (every long-distance bus in Latin America has one) put on a very partisan documentary DVD about the Bagua massacre—in which the National Police opened fire on indigenous protesters in the Amazon back in June. So with police agents in control of the bus, we were treated to footage of the National Police brutalizing Indians, with a voice-over accusing the Peruvian security forces of being assassins.

After some 20 minutes of mounting tension, it was abruptly over. The agents released the bus and sent us on our way—without arresting anyone. I have no idea if they had really found contraband or not, but it was entirely obvious what had happened: they had intimidated the Quechua women into a bribe. The blatancy of it—in front of a bus full of witnesses—amazed me. And the fact that they had targeted the indigenous women—almost certainly those least able to afford a bribe—made me sick. But it was obvious why: they were the easiest hit. As the only gringo on the bus, I was the most likely to have any money to speak of. But I could have contacted the embassy, made a international stink. The Quechuas could probably barely even speak Spanish. They could be exploited with perfect impunity. Bill Weinberg en WW4

Este testimonio nos muestra varias cosas:

a) Que la población indígena sigue siendo la más vulnerable al abuso policial.

b) Que ante la desinformación y manipulación de los medios de prensa principales existen canales de información alternativos, no lo son lo blogs la mayoria de limeños con una visión centralista y estrecha de la realidad nacional y con un alcance limitado,  sino probablemente en el circuito de videos piratas que inundan el país.

c) Contra lo que dicen los criticos culturales snobs, el “pueblo” encuentra formas de disfrutar de la cultura global aunque sea en formas poco ortodoxas:

The video guy who had put on the Bagua documentary was very sharp. Instead of the usual Z-movie shoot-‘em-up fare, he followed it up with two of my favorite films—Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Mongol, Sergei Bodrov’s biopic about Genghis Khan. After this was a Thai martial arts flick with an ecological theme, in which the bad guys were traffickers in endangered species.

* Visto primero en IKN


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