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Petroperu says it has withdrawn workers from jungle after threats

Christian Fernsby |
Petroperu, said on Wednesday it had evacuated workers from one of its oil stations in the Amazon rainforest due to a new threat by an indigenous community to take over the facility.

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Petroperu said in a statement that the Saramuro indigenous community had given the company a 72 hour ultimatum over the weekend to leave an oil facility and it had agreed to withdraw workers.

"Petroperu again exhorts the relevant parties to continue to push for dialogue and calls the population to withdraw its protest, and in that way stop putting people at risk," the company said in the statement.

The oil pipeline measures some 1,100 kilometers and has been attacked dozens of times since it started operating four decades ago.

Indigenous communities blame it for bringing pollution to the area without meaningful benefits to their living conditions.

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