Friday, June 26, 2009

Peru's Railway Service Suspends Trains to Manchu Picchu

Peru's railway service suspended train service to the famed Machu Picchu ruins on Wednesday, after members of the areas indigenous community vowed to launch protests that would have hampered access to the ancient site.

Officials at Peru Rail, which runs the popular service, said the temporary closure was taken as a precaution, after indigenous leaders vowed to hold protests and blockades to press their demands regarding land use and territorial rights.

Earlier this month, deadly clashes between police and native peoples in Peru's Amazon rainforest killed at least 34 people, prompting Congress to revoke two controversial decrees on land ownership in the Amazon River basin.

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