Peru: Amazon strike spreads to north

Various river ports have been blocked for the past week by some 2,000 indigenous protesters in Peru’s northern region of Loreto, effectively cutting off traffic on the Tigre and Corrientes rivers, to press demands for the titling of native lands and payment to local communities for use of the waterways by oil companies. Local commissioners from the Defensoría del Pueblo (rights ombudsman) have been dispatched to the caserío (settlement) of Paraíso to negotiate with the protesters, who are led by the Federation of Indigenous Communities of Bajo Tigre (FECONABAT). Pluspetrol, Talismán, ConocoPhilips, Cares Perú and Perupetro are among the companies with operations in the area. (Diario La Primera, Lima, July 29)

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