OMG. The environmental group Greenpeace is under fire from the government of Peru (and just about everybody else) for damaging the ancient “Nazca lines” archaeological site in Peru during a “publicity stunt” to advocate for renewable energy. From the AP:
Peru will seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who it says damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert during a publicity stunt.
“It’s a true slap in the face at everything Peruvians consider sacred,” said Luis Jaime Castillo, the deputy culture minister, after the action by the environmental group on Monday, at the famed drawings etched into Peru’s coastal desert, a UN world heritage site.
He said the government was seeking to prevent those responsible from leaving the country while it asks prosecutors to file charges of attacking archaeological monuments, a crime punishable by up to six years in prison.
Here are some pics of stunt that led to the damage:
Greenpeace has apologized and says it is willing to face the consequences of its actions:
Good. Enjoy jail, fools.
But that apology from Greenpeace is not quite good enough for many on Twitter:
Really, really unbelievable. Greenpeace deserves everything the Peruvian government decides to do to them for this.