BBC News has reported that two land laws which sought to facilitate more development on Amazon soil have been repealed by Peru’s Congress due to severe protests from indigenous tribes. The protests lasted over ten days, where indigenous groups took control of a major gas field, an oil pipeline, and held several police officers hostage.
Roger Naja, president of the National Commission for Andean, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian Peoples said that the repeal would be remembered as "the day that the disappearance of the indigenous communities in the jungles and mountains was avoided."
Seventy percent of the Amazon is already leased for hydrocarbon exploration, and the new laws would have given large corporations the opportunity to buy sacred tribal areas with a simple majority vote by community assemblies.
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