Peru army moves into Amazon after tribes blockade rivers and roads

Author: Guardian [UK], Published on: 18 May 2009

Peru's army is poised to deploy in the Amazon rainforest to lift blockades across rivers and roads by indigenous people opposed to oil, gas, logging and mining projects…Indigenous groups, backed by environmentalists and Catholic bishops, have protested that the developments will devastate the area's ecology and their culture…One of the most tense areas is along the Napo river in northern Peru, said Survival International..."After local indigenous people blockaded the river with a nylon cable, a naval gunboat and three boats belonging to Perenco broke through the blockade, sinking some of the protesters' canoes in the process."

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