Peru steps up rainforest protection as police raid illegal mines

July 6, 2017

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Peru’s government moved to halt the destruction of the world’s largest rainforest by dispatching almost a 1 000 police to raid illegal mining camps on the edge of a major nature reserve in Peru’s Amazon jungle. Police raided 83 camps surrounding the Tambopata reserve in the Madre de Dios region of south east Peru, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. They also destroyed millions of dollars worth of equipment used to extract gold from river banks and beneath once virgin forest.

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