LIMA (Reuters) – About 200 people occupied the facilities of an oil pipeline station owned by Peruvian state-owned Petroperú as part of a protest by Amazon indigenous peoples, the company announced on Tuesday, amid demands for greater economic and social attention in the region. .
Petroperú said in a statement that residents of the district of Manseriche, in the region of Loreto, in northern Peru, invaded on Monday station 5 of the company’s pipeline and stopped the pumping.
At the station, the protesters “arrived irresponsibly installing tents and other elements without taking into account security conditions,” the company said.
Petroperú said it withdrew its employees from the site. Representatives of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon region, who carry out constant blockades and occupations of stations, could not be immediately located for comment.
The pipeline transports oil from the forest in northern Peru to the refinery on the Pacific coast.
In August of last year, three indigenous people in the region died and another 17 people – including residents and police – were injured after a confrontation with security forces with the oil company PetroTal.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino)
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