Peru Indian Protest Leader Leaves for Nicaragua

LIMA, Peru (AP) - Amazon protest leader Alberto Pizango has left
Peru on a plane headed for Nicaragua, where he has been granted
political asylum.

Amazon Indian federation leader Edson Rosales says Pizango left
Lima Wednesday on a Copa Airlines commercial flight.

Pizango sought refuge in Nicaragua's embassy last week after
Peru filed sedition and rebellion charges against him, accusing him
of provoking violence when protests over Amazon development
proposals turned deadly. The June 5 clash left 24 police dead.
Indian leaders say at least 30 civilians died.

Nicaragua gave Pizango asylum. On Tuesday, Peru's government
granted him safe passage out of the country.

On Monday, Peru said it would ask congress to revoke the decrees
that sparked the protests.


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