Indigenous groups have been on an indefinite strike since Friday, July 5, convened by the Affected Peoples for the Oil Activity, to demand environmental protection from state-owned oil pipelines. The group, representing 54 indigenous groups in Loreto, has protested in various ways. An estimated 400 natives have taken control of the Norperuano Pipeline in Manseriche (Loreto) since Saturday, July 6, and others have taken to holding boats on the Ucayali and Marañon rivers.
More blockades and protests are expected in the coming days, until new negotiations with the state commence, as well as during the negotiations.
An oil spill in June leaked into the native community Nuevo Progreso and was later declared a health emergency by the Ministry of Health. This was one of seven others in the year 2019. Little government action has prompted the protests, which have caused indigenous groups to state they are being put in danger by oil projects which are not implemented using careful practices.
Individuals in the Loreto region are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities.
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