lima_police_572575alimaPeruvian lawmakers suspended a controversial law on Wednesday that eased restrictions on lumber harvesting in the Amazon rain forest. Opposition politicians protest during the session in Lima.

lima_parliament_572576aPeru’s Amazonian indigenous peoples have been resisting since last year a plan by President Alan Garcia to use their traditional lands for greater development, typically of oil and gas, but also for logging and biofuel crops.

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Students joined indigenous people in Lima, Peru to march in their thousands to back Amazon Indians resisting oil and natural gas exploration on their land. Demonstrators hold a banner reading “The jungle is not for sale”.

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