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LIMA, Peru — Ashaninka and Yines Indians are blocking an airport in the central Peruvian jungle town of Atalaya as well as two stations on a northern oil pipeline to protest laws that they say threaten their ancestral land and resources.
Edson Rosales, spokesman for an Indian rights group in the Amazon, says 15,000 Indians have been protesting since April 9 and plan to start taking over oil and gas rigs. He says laws passed in December open the door to privatization of water resources and jungle land used by the Indians.
The protests reported Thursday are similar to 11 days of disruptions last August that saw Indians block roads and clash with police. That unrest led Peru's government to repeal two laws designed to make it easier to sell tribal lands.
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