LIMA, Peru – Greenpeace has been forced to apologize for desecrating Peruvian sacred sites with politically motivated climate messages during the UN climate summit this week.
After outrage, Greenpeace forced to apologize to people of Peru over Nazca lines stunt – ‘Culture ministry says it will press charges against activists for damage to world heritage site as UN climate talks began in Lima’
Greenpeace: ‘We are deeply sorry for this.’
The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, (CFACT), a free-market group who opposes Greenpeace’s political agenda, helped force the apology by producing a video featuring Peruvians outraged over the exploitation of ancient Incan and Nazca historical sites. CFACT publicly confronted Greenpeace over the desecration at a UN hosted event on Monday evening. (see video)
Watch: CFACT Video of Peruvians outraged over Greenpeace’s ill-conceived stunt:
Greenpeace’s ‘time for change’ message next to the hummingbird geoglyph in Nazca. Photograph: Thomas Reinecke/TV News
Via UK Guardian: Peru’s vice-minister for culture Luis Jaime Castillo had accused Greenpeace of “extreme environmentalism” and ignoring what the Peruvian people “consider to be sacred” after the protest at the world renowned Nazca lines, a Unesco world heritage site. He said the government was seeking to prevent those responsible from leaving the country while it asked prosecutors to file charges of attacking archaeological monuments, a crime punishable by up to six years in prison.
The AP reported: Peru will seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert during a publicity stunt, a senior government official said Tuesday. “It’s a true slap in the face at everything Peruvians consider sacred,” Deputy Culture Minister Luis Jaime Castillo said of Monday’s action by the environmental group at the famed drawings etched into Peru’s coastal desert, a U.N. World Heritage site.