After 30 years, President Ollanta Humala announced the end of a state-of-emergency in Peru’s Upper Huallaga Valley, once the country’s top coca-growing region and home to Shining Path rebels.
“We’ve made the decision to give a pleasant surprise to the Upper Huallaga,” Humala said, according toRPP Noticias. “We are lifting the state of emergency in the Upper Huallaga after 30 years.”
The state of emergency gave the Armed Forces control over the Upper Huallaga, a mountainous, jungle basin that includes parts of the Huanuco and San Martin regions. Civil rights, including freedom of assembly and movement, were also restricted during the years of marshal law.