10 Feb '15, 12pm

Victory in prospect for Peru's Kichwa People after 40 years of oil pollution

Victory in prospect for Peru's Kichwa People after 40 years of oil pollution

There have been 45 years of contamination. The Kichwas, the agoutis, the tapirs, the water ... all poisoned. Our fathers and grand-fathers have died because of this. Hundreds of of Kichwa indigenous people living along the River Tigre in the remote Peruvian Amazon are demanding over 100 million Peruvian nuevo soles ($32 million / £21 million) from oil company Pluspetrol in the "environmental damages" they have sustained over 40 years of oil drilling. The Kichwa men, women and children blockaded the River Tigre for most of January with two cables - stopping two boats contracted by Pluspetrol to carry equipment, materials and supplies upriver to oil dilling sites. The blockade was only suspended last Friday after Fernando Melendez Celis, President of the vast Amazonian region of Loreto, paid a visit to the protesters, camped by the side of the river on land belonging to Kich...

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