Peru: indigenous communities end blockade of Río Marañon —for now

Some 4,000 indigenous people ended their blockade of the Río Marañon in northern Peru Oct. 30, after reaching an agreement with the government and Argentine oil company Pluspetrol. After an oil spill in June, Peru’s government started distributing food and goods to the people most affected in the region. However, with Pluspetrol declaring the pollution problem resolved, the government has cut off aid—in spite of indigenous complaints that their lands and waters are still impacted. The agreement calls for peace on both sides until the government’s water authority can test the Marañon for pollution. (EFE, Earth First!, Oct. 30)

From Intercontinental Cry, October 2010

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