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Peru’s Indigenous People Blockade Oil Company on River Tigre

Kichwas protesting in the northern Peruvian Amazon following more than 40 years of oil operations in their territories. Photograph: Feconat

Kichwas protesting in the northern Peruvian Amazon following more than 40 years of oil operations in their territories. Photograph: Feconat

Kichwa communities bar River Tigre, an Amazon tributary, with cables to stop oil company boats from passing and accuse government of turning a blind eye to contamination from oil operations in the forest

by David Hill, The Guardian, Feb 2, 2015

Hundreds of indigenous people deep in the Peruvian Amazon are blocking a major Amazon tributary following what they say is the government’s failure to address a social and environmental crisis stemming from oil operations.

Kichwa men, women and children from numerous communities have been protesting along the River Tigre for almost a month, barring the river with cables and stopping oil company boats from passing. Read the rest of this entry