Jan 19, 2018

Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit

Pope Francis has used a visit to Peru to sound a stark warning about the pressure on the Amazon and its peoples posed by business interests. The Argentine Pope, 81, is on the second and final leg of a week-long tour of Latin America. People from across the Amazon basin region of Peru, Brazil and Bolivia had travelled in their thousands to meet him. "The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present," Francis said, his speech punctuated by applause and the beating of drums. "The Amazon is a territory that is being disputed on many fronts. On the one hand, pressure being exerted by great business interests seeking petroleum, gas, lumber, and gold and on the other, the threat against the territories also comes from the perversion of several policies that promote conservation without considering humans."

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