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Greenpeace-Nazca activists have left Peru

By Hillary Ojeda

The members of Greenpeace that left markings on the Nazca Lines last week, have left the country.

Greenpeace-Nazca activists have left Peru

(Photo: ANDINA/Difusión)

The director of the environmental organization announced last night that the Greenpeace activists involved in leaving irreparable markings on the archaeological site of the Peruvian Nazca Lines, have left the country.

International outrage and a demand for more than apologies ensued last week as photos revealed a pathway leading to the environmental installation placed just meters away from the Nazca line hummingbird.

Director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, has expressed deep and profuse apologies for the damage of the highly revered and respected site. According to an interview with the television program “Punto Final” or “Final Stop,” Naidoo announced that the members involved in the incident are no longer participating in Greenpeace activism and are back in their homes, outside of Peru.

“We want to meet with President Ollanta Humala to offer our cooperation,” said Naidoo.

The Greenpeace director revealed concern and understanding stating, “I am African and it’s hard to accept what has happened, because I am familiar with the destruction or damage to culture. For this same reason, I fully understand the feeling of Peruvians,” expressed Naidoo.

Today Naidoo met with the Minister of Culture Diana Alvarez-Calderon in order to offer his support and find solutions to the damaged area. After that meeting, the Ministry of Culture confirmed a team of experts utilizing drones, found new evidence of the damage.

“The damage is irreparable and apologies offered by the environmental group are not enough,” Alvarez-Calderon said at a press conference. She regretted the decision of the First Corporate Nasca Court that suspended the request for arrest of the activists as the evidence was clarified with the drone images.

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