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Peru calls state of emergency after Amazon protests

Peru has declared a 60-day state of emergency in some of its Amazon basin regions as indigenous groups protest against forest and energy legislation.

world Updated: May 10, 2009 07:43 IST

Peru has declared a 60-day state of emergency in some of its Amazon basin regions as indigenous groups protest against forest and energy legislation.

The measure, published yesterday, suspends some constitutional rights, as the government attempts to quell protests that it fears will put energy production and distribution at risk.

"For 60 days the state of emergency will allow distinct, immediate actions aimed at reducing and eliminating of existing risks," a resolution published in the government's official journal stated.

The measures affect the regions of Cusco, Ucalyali, Loreta and Amazonas.

Indigenous groups have threatened to paralyze roads and oil supplies in the Amazon region, if the measures governing forest and energy resources -- which they say favor companies and foreigners -- are not repealed.