Amazon Tribe Takes Government Officials Hostage Over Devastating Oil Spill

9 Mar

Openhearted Rebel

By Nika Knight, Thanks to Anti Media

(COMMONDREAMS) After learning that they would be excluded from an official state of emergency declared in the wake of two catastrophic oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon, members of the Wampis community of Mayuriaga stopped a helicopter from taking off late Sunday evening and held 8 officials hostage to force the government to respond to their desperate pleas for help.

More than a month after the spills devastated many Indigenous communities’ water supplies, there is little end in sight to the suffering of those most affected.

“Though officials refer to the second leak as ‘the Mayuriaga spill’ because it took place in Mayuriaga,”Reuters reported, “the government did not include the community in an official list of affected groups that would receive emergency supplies and attention.”

The official state of emergency was declared by the central government on February…

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