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Amazon tribe takes hostages to protest oil spill

Members of the Wampis people of Peru's Amazon seized a military helicopter, holding the crew and eight officials to press for an emergency response plan to a devastating oil spill.

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Amazonians protest in Lima over oil spills

Leaders of remote Amazon communities traveled to Lima for a protest vigil outside the offices of PetroPerú, to demand action following two devastating oil spills.

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Peru declares ‘Yellowstone of the Amazon’

Peru's government designated as a national park the vast Sierra del Divisor area of the Amazon rainforest—but will it really be able to police the remote territory?

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Peru: Amazonians suspend dialogue over oil bloc

Citing a lack of cllarity from Peru's government, traditional leaders of indigenous peoples suspended dialogue in the "consultation" process over oil operations in the Amazon.

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Peru: Achuar protesters seize Amazon oil-field

Hundreds of Achuar indigenous protesters occupied 16 wells at Peru's biggest oil bloc, halting production to demand better compensation for use of their lands by Pluspetrol.

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Ethnic cleansing on Peru’s jungle border

Highly vulnerable "uncontacted" indigenous bands who recently emerged in the Brazil-Peru border region told neighboring tribes that they were fleeing violent attacks in Peru.

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Peru: Achuar leader on prison hunger strike

Achuar indigenous leader Segundo García Sandi began a hunger strike to demand his freedom at a prison in Iquitos, Peru, held on charges of sabotaging an oil pipeline.

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Peru: oil spill threatens rainforest reserve

Indigenous leaders in Peru’s Amazon protested that a leak from Pluspetrol’s oil operations is causing contamination within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

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Ecuador opens Yasuni reserve to oil interests

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa announced that he is abandoning plans for an ambitious internationally funded conservation program at Yasuni National Park in the Amazon.