Fernando Santos Granero

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13. Street protests against the Peace Treaty with Ecuador, Iquitos, 1998.

The taming of the Loretan frontier has entailed the extension of civil rights to, and the empowerment of, the region’s most marginalized sectors. Nowadays, not only can a larger number of rural people exercise their voting right, but also they have become actively involved as candidates in local municipal elections. The process of popular organization has gone in hand with the development of a strong regionalist ideology. An ideology that reaches across class lines and allows the region’s workers, entrepreneurs, peasants, professionals and native peoples to coalesce and demand greater autonomy and respect from the government. Thus, the Peace Treaty with Ecuador, which was negotiated without the participation of Loreto’s representatives, was actively opposed in the region.

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