Oct 22nd, 2008
Indigenous nations in Peru’s northern Amazon have warned Canadian oil exploration firm Talisman Energy that if it does not cease all work in the area by November 15, protesters will force it out.
‘We, as indigenous people, reject the Canadian company Talisman,” said Cesar Zuniga, president of the national organization of Peruvian Achuar. “We do not want them working in our territory. We want the Peruvian state to respect us, and the armed forces to stop helping the company.”
The company, which has previously come under fire for rights violations in Sudan, said it would not stop work.
Over two weeks in August, indigenous protesters occupied a variety of energy installations in both the north and south of Peru’s Amazon, eventually forcing concessions from the federal government.