LIMA (Reuters) – About 200 indigenous Peruvians have taken over facilities at a Petroperu gas pipeline station, the state-owned company said on Tuesday, as part of a protest by indigenous groups in the Amazon demanding better economic support and social in the region.
Residents of Manseriche district in northern Peru’s Loreto region on Monday invaded Station 5 of the North Peruvian pipeline, forcing the company to stop pumping oil, Petroperu said in a statement.
Protesters “irresponsibly pitched tents and other items regardless of security conditions,” the company said, adding that it had evacuated its staff from the area.
Reuters could not immediately seek comment from representatives of Amazon groups, which have already carried out blockades and seizures of pipeline stations.
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Peru’s new left-wing president Pedro Castillo has pledged to redistribute mineral wealth in the Andean nation and has pledged to give historically marginalized indigenous groups a stronger voice in economic development.
The pipeline transports crude oil from the jungle regions of northern Peru to a refinery on the Pacific coast.
In August last year, three indigenous Amazonians were killed and 17 others were injured in a clash with Peruvian security forces linked to a conflict with the oil company PetroTal.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Stephen Coates)
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