The indigenous peoples of Saramurillo (Peruvian Amazon) have held an Uprising for four months to stop the destruction of the environment and constant spills from the Petroperu pumping plant and the obsolete Norperuano Oil Pipeline. (en castellano abajo)
There is a corner of the Amazon where the environmental devastation generated by the oil industry have left all passivity behind. This place is called Saramurillo. Since the beginning of September 2016, there has been a rebellion and mobilization of the indigenous peoples affected by the consecutive spills suffered in their territories.
They left their communities and occupied the Petroperú pumping plant. They moved there to prevent their environmental exile, a destination that seemed to be written for them. After months being ignored, the Government agreed to a dialogue with the Resistance Platform. But the negotiation looked complex and tortuous.
Even as indigenous people struggle to cope with current levels of contamination and illness caused by years of oil production in the Amazon, the governments of Peru and Ecuador are preparing to sell off even more Amazonian territory to the oil industry in coming months.