When Two Worlds Collide Review - AVClub

AVClub: In 2006 and 2007, Peruvian President Alan García, U.S. President George W. Bush, and their nation’s respective congresses approved a free trade agreement intended to boost Peru’s economy, in part by opening up its national resources to American corporations and entrepreneurs. In speeches at home and in the States, President García and his spokespeople insisted that foreign businesses could count on the cooperation of a stable government, with no major internal conflicts. But not long after big trucks started rolling into the Amazonian rainforest, the indigenous population—led by activist Alberto Pizango—began to mount protests, arguing that the laws passed to facilitate the free trade agreement were in violation of preexisting treaties that gave the natives the right to control their land.

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