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Chronology for Lowland Indigenous Peoples in Peru

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Apr 2004 Aguaruna indigenous kidnapped the mayor of Yurmaguays and two additional city workers as part of a protest in northeastern Peru. (Channel NewsAsia, 04/28/2004, “Peru police retake station from mayor lynch mob”)
Nov 2004 The Peruvian government designated a southeastern portion of the Amazon forest as the Alto Purus National Park to be administered by government officials and indigenous peoples. The park, which is home to at least nine indigenous groups, also hosts rare animals and mahogany trees and will be protected from the logging industry. (Associated Press, 04/01/2005, "Peru to create panel that will seek to protect indigenous groups living in Amazon jungle national parks")
May 6 - 11, 2005 After media reports indicating that the Aguaruna were responsible for the death of four health workers, indigenous group members kidnapped two journalists to demand that they stop blaming the group for the deaths. They were released unharmed several days later after the intervention of government negotiators. (Xinhua General News Service, 05/08/2005, “Peruvian government negotiators sent for rescuing hostages abducted by Indians”; Escobar, Ramiro, 05/16/2005, “Peru: Indigenous Group Assaults Medical Brigades, Four Killed,” IPS-Inter Press Service)
Jul 9, 2005 The Shipibo, an indigenous Amazonian tribe, seized nine oil wells in a 100-person protest to demand increased local investment. (Greenwire, 07/12/2005, “World Lines: China, Ireland, Peru, Russia and United Arab Emirates”)
Oct 9 - 23, 2006 About 700 Achuar Lowland Indigenous occupied three Pluspetrol oil wells trapping 40 workers inside. They were protesting the company's pollution of the Amazon forest, which led to environmental degradation and health problems for the Achuar. After 15 days, Pluspetrol agreed to pay $12 million toward cleanup and the government signed an agreement pledging that the cleanup will be completed by July 2008. (AFX-Asia, 10/12/2006, “Protesting Indians trap Peru oil workers”; Vecchio, Rick, 10/24/2006, “Indian group claims victory with end of oil protest in Peru's northern jungle,” Associated Press Worldstream)

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