Greenpeace vandalises World Heritage site, now being prosecuted


Greenpeace is in the gun for desecrating a World Heritage site and is ow being prosecuted by Peru.

The environmental group Greenpeace has apologised to Peruvians upset by its stunt at the world-famous Nazca lines, which authorities say harmed the archaeological marvel.

The apology followed a senior official’s announcement that Peru would seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who allegedly damaged the lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert.

Greenpeace regularly riles governments and corporations it deems environmental scofflaws.

But the stunt timed to coincide with UN climate talks in nearby Lima may have backfired.

In a statement, Greenpeace said it was “deeply concerned about any offense” Peruvians may have taken.

They really are the modern day pirates and criminals.

They are only apologising to try and avoid punishment in a country that is a whole lot stricter on their sorts of protests than place like NZ or the UK.

They say they want to protect the environment but now have polluted a pristine environment with their silly stunt.

The activists entered a “strictly prohibited” area beside the famed figure of a hummingbird, Peru’s Culture Ministry said in a statement.

They laid big yellow cloth letters reading: “Time for Change; The Future is Renewable.”

The message was intended for delegates from 190 countries at the U.N. climate talks being held in nearby Lima.

Deputy Culture Minister Luis Jaime Castillo said no one, not even presidents and Cabinet ministers, is allowed without authorization where the activists trod, and those who do have permission must wear special shoes.

The Nazca lines are huge figures depicting living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary figures scratched on the surface of the ground between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago. They are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions.

“They are absolutely fragile. They are black rocks on a white background. You walk there and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years,” Castillo said.

“And the line that they have destroyed is the most visible and most recognized of all.”



– NZ Herald


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  • Jp

    For an organization that wants to protect the environment does a good job at destroying it.

    • 1951

      …and…by filling young minds with fear & angst, they destroy the light in our youth’s eyes. Equally unforgivable.

  • Throw the book at them Peru. It’s about time that all these self-serving publicity stunts at which Greenpeace excels produced some meaningful consequences.

  • Wheninrome

    Only their views matter, one eyed is another way of putting it.
    We can talk about religious fanatics, Islamists etc., but are these individuals any different.
    It is their way or the highway.

  • Andy

    If “the future is renewable” then desecrating areas of special interest and outstanding natural beauty with windfarms is the way forward, so these actions are entirely consistent for the people Greenpeace purport to represent.

  • Just a thought….

    Hey, but we are lefty environmentalists and by ” right ” are the voice of everyone in the world. Well I hate to tell you guys but you DON’T speak for me and you can take your sanctamoneous views with you when hopefully Peru stick you in the slammer… not sure if the clinks ” tofu” burgers will be up to your standard though…….

    • Pete

      Guinea Pig fritters I think you’ll find.

  • Whitey

    I hope the Peruvian authorities give them the treatment they deserve.

  • metalnwood

    Living up to the name the green Taliban, they have decided that just like the Taliban, they had better help vandalise thousands of years old monuments.

  • Captain Darling

    You gotta shake your head, which one of the numptys thought this was a good idea.
    Actually I’ve been to Nazca, and flown over in a small plane, fantastic place.

  • Nechtan

    The Nazca lines are man made so are of no concern to the zealots of Greenpeace, only plants and animals matter.

    • Whitey

      This is true. I assume that they don’t actually see any value in the Nazca lines. As far as I can tell they don’t see value in any human achievement, or humanity as a species. They have strange, sick little minds.

  • Ross

    After donating thousands of dollars over the best part of 15 years, I cancelled my monthly support for them today.

    The person who I spoke with on the phone was not only rude, but also very defensive about this action they took. She couldn’t accept that I now want to give my hard earned money to a charity that better represents my values. She was also extremely defensive about their action in Peru, effectively making their apology a completely token one.

    • Just a thought….

      I can already hear the “rumble’ of footsteps as Wussel and the material girl ( in her case pretty loud footsteps ) beating a path to your door to give you a DAMN good thrashing with a ” mung bean” ,……….

    • Just a thought….

      For 15 years you were “chained” to these turkeys. You get less for ” murder” ……………..

  • Day Day

    All going well, this wanton act of vandalism & disrespect to the people of Peru will attract more new media attention than the conference itself.

  • Eddie

    Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and World Vision used to be associated with good work. Now it seems that they have been taken over by more radicals with few braincells. I hope the vandals are prosecuted! I hope the world wakes up to see the difference between real concerns and loud-mouthed radicals.
    Their apology “for any offense” says nothing about the act itself or the harm caused to a national treasure. Sick!

  • Cadwallader

    News of this is an early Christmas present. Assuming the prosecution is successful how can a punishment be meted-out? Fine? I suppose they’ll scout around for some deluded hippies to donate the monies.

    • LabTested

      The AP said 7 years in jail

      • STAG

        For each letter I hope.

  • Ross15

    Well done Peru !!!

  • WordWeasel

    I wonder how they got there to do the damage? Sure didn’t drive of fly. Hot air balloon or camel?

  • Toasty

    To be fair, the Nazca got away with scratching a bunch of lines into a pristine environment. I bet they wouldn’t be allowed to do it now.

    • timemagazine

      Luckily the greens were not around in those days.

  • Lord_Montrose

    Why didn’t they just Photoshop it? They wouldn’t need a plane, and it wouldn’t take peoples’ minds off the conference. What conference anyway?

    • Rachael Membery

      Plus more ecologically friendly, no air miles etc

  • They had “good intentions” and have apologised on twitter. So that’s sorted then.

    Unlike acts of piracy though this is static and for all to see, and there is no excuse for stupidity or arrogance, and no real excuse for them break any laws or literally trample on heritage sites.

  • munzrat

    no different to the numb skull Dutchie residing in Wellington who vandalized Angkor Wat , very little said on follow up of this but as a nation we are scarred with this act of stupidity , Willemijn Vermaat your a dope .

  • shykiwibloke

    Well – its only a small step from this travesty to planting ‘evidence’ – maybe a few fur seals or a whale or two – heck why stop there if the ends justify the means…. you get the gist. Serious greenies should be appalled and show it.

    • Wheninrome

      Think endangered snails, frogs in New Zealand being found in environments where they had never been before.

  • helmann

    That’s not an apology and you can bet they are not sorry. Its straight from the Helen Clark book of weasel apologies – I am concerned for any offence taken – ie its not my fault that you don’t agree with us or our methods, but I am concerned for your inferior sensibilities.

  • sarahmw

    just shows what an arrogant, sanctimonious lot they are. So superior in their attitude and idea of who they think they are. Similar to those that climb Everest/K2 and have no conscious when it comes to passing anyone on their way to the top. So precious. Not!

  • timemagazine

    “Deeply concerned about any offence”,ha-ha-ha. No, they are not. They are psychopathic liars just like their political branch the Green Party.

  • More fascinating reading here

  • Bombastic

    Like their Green Party comrades at election time, these guys think graffiti and vandalism are fine if the cause is noble enough.

  • John1234

    In a similar vein, I see the hypocritical “green” vandals have defaced Mt Hobson with a slogan burned into the grass again.

  • Never in the dark…..

    From the BBC: “Greenpeace has apologised for any “moral offence” it has caused, after a publicity stunt on the ancient Nazca lines in Peru.”

    They are a scourge.

  • Kevin

    Even one of the original founders of Greenpeace thinks they’re dumb.