NAHUA IN PERU'S AMAZON PROTEST PIONEER LATIN AMERICAN GAS PROJECT

Reports from one of the remotest parts of Peru's Amazon suggest that members of the indigenous Nahua people have recently entered a gas project camp established in what they consider their territory, removed equipment, and set fire to a tractor in protest at the operations. The camp has been set up as part of the expansion of the Camisea gas project, run by a consortium headed by Pluspetrol and including Hunt Oil and Repsol. ‘The company says it [the camp] is not in our territory. There were tractors, machines, gasoline and tents there,’ one Nahua man says. ‘Our people were furious,’ says another. ‘The company has entered without previously consulting us. It’s a huge problem.’ Another Nahua man says that they have written to the Ministry of Culture insisting it visit them to resolve the issue. ‘Culture has to come,’ he says. ‘The Ministry has to come. The company has not consulted us.’ 

David Hill