Indian Leader Calls for End to Protests in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) - A top Indian leader has called off
anti-government protests in Peru's Amazon after Congress revoked
two decrees that indigenous groups believe would spur oil and gas
development on their lands.

The vice president of the Amazon Indian confederation, Daysi
Zapata, asked members to lift blockades of jungle rivers and roads
set up beginning in April.

The protests turned bloody on June 5 when authorities broke up a
road blockade. Twenty-three police were killed and, by Indian
count, at least 30 civilians died.

Zapata made the announcement after lawmakers voted 82 to 14 to
revoke the decrees.

The Indians have opposed 11 pro-investment decrees enacted by
President Alan Garcia so a free trade agreement with the U.S. could
take effect.

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