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Rain forest land sale laws repealed

August 23, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Peru's Congress voted to repeal two laws facilitating the sale of Indian lands that had generated protests by dozens of tribes in the Amazon rain forest.

The laws were passed by presidential decree this year to promote private investment in tribal lands of the South American nation.

Thousands of Indians celebrated the lawmakers' decision in the main plaza of Bagua, a Peruvian jungle city where protesters clashed with police this week.

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