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Greenpeace Desecrates Fragile, Ancient Hummingbird Etching in Peru



(p. A7) CARACAS, Venezuela -- An expression of concern by the environmental group Greenpeace about the carbon footprint was marred this week by real footprints -- in a fragile, and restricted, landscape near the Nazca lines, ancient man-made designs etched in the Peruvian desert.

The Peruvian authorities said activists from the group damaged a patch of desert when they placed a large sign that promoted renewable energy near a set of lines that form the shape of a giant hummingbird.


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. . . the Peruvian authorities were seething over the episode, which they said had scarred one of the country's most treasured national symbols.


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"The hummingbird was in a pristine area, untouched," Mr. Castillo said. "Perhaps it was the best figure."

Mr. Castillo said that the culture ministry had sent out a team with drone aircraft equipped with cameras so that they could evaluate the damage without entering the delicate area.

He said that the harm was both physical and symbolic.

"This stupidity has co-opted part of the identity of our heritage that will now be forever associated with the scandal of Greenpeace," he said.



For the full story, see:

WILLIAM NEUMAN. "Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site." The New York Times (Sat., DEC. 13, 2014): A7.

(Note: ellipses added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date DEC. 12, 2014.)






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