Greenpeace vandalises World Heritage site, now being prosecuted

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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.”

Despicable.

 

– NZ Herald


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