Per The New York Times, violence has erupted between indigenous protesters and the Peruvian police in the northern Bagua Province. The indigenous groups were protesting the government’s plans to open vast tracts of rain forest to oil drilling, logging and hydroelectric dams, per the article.
Using separate reports from Peruvian authorities and Indian leaders, the Associated Press reported that 25 protesters and 11 police officers were killed. Authorities said that the police were trying to break up a road blockade by 5,000 protesters, some of whom held 38 police officers hostage. Protest leaders said police opened fire from helicopters with bullets and tear gas, per AP.
Twitter users in Peru and elsewhere provided context to the developments:
Twitter users also commented on the accounts given by the officials and the media: