Protesters shut down oil pipeline in Peru

August 12th, 2008 - 6:37 am ICT by IANS  

Lima, Aug 12 (IANS) Hundreds of people Monday took over an oil station in Peru’s Amazon region to protest the government’s decision to implement a trade accord with the US, Spain’s EFE news agency reported. The head of the Interethnic Association for Development of the Peruvian Jungle, Alberto Pizango, said that some 800 Indians peacefully took over an oil-pump operated by the state-owned Petroperu in Loreto province.

Pizango said the group also took control of a section of the Camisea gas reserve in the southeastern province of Cuzco.

The protesters also targeted the El Muyo hydropower plant in the northern region of Amazonas, the report said.

The group started their protests last Saturday who believe that the implementation of the accord would encourage misuse of land in the region.

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