Britons and Americans are among 70 people held by an indigenous group in Peru’s Amazon rainforest

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British and American tourists are among 70 adults and children held hostage on a riverboat by an indigenous group in Peru’s Amazon rainforest

  • Tourists were traveling on a river boat in Cuninico in the Peruvian rainforest
  • An indigenous group held them back, demanding government action over the oil spill
  • Passengers have been told they could be detained for up to eight days

Britons have been taken hostage by an indigenous group in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, local media have reported.

The tourists were part of a group of 70 travelers also from France, Spain, the United States and Switzerland when they were held up on their river boat.

A group leader said he wanted to “catch the government’s attention with this action” after not receiving enough state aid following an oil spill in September.

Angela Ramirez, who is among those detained, said a one-month-old child, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly were among those on board.

She added that they had been told they could be held hostage for up to eight days until a solution was found.

Britons have been taken hostage by an indigenous group in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, local media have reported

Angela Ramirez, who is among those detained, said a one-month-old child, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly were among those on board.

Angela Ramirez, who is among those detained, said a one-month-old child, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly were among those on board.

Angela Ramirez, who is among those detained, said a one-month-old child, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly were among those on board.

Watson Trujillo, who leads the Cuninico community, said the ‘drastic measures’ should put pressure on the government to send a delegation to assess the damage caused by the spill of 2,500 tonnes of crude oil in the Cuninico River .

The detainees would spend the night inside the ship awaiting a resolution to the situation, he added.

Trujillo said he would return to the boat on Friday to assess the possibility of releasing tourists.

The government and police have not commented on the incident, which happened on a tributary of the Maranon River.

Angela (pictured) had been cycling through the Peruvian jungle for eight days when they attempted to cross the Cuninico River by boat today and were arrested

Angela (pictured) had been cycling through the Peruvian jungle for eight days when they attempted to cross the Cuninico River by boat today and were arrested

Indigenous communities had already blocked the transit of all ships on the river to protest the spill, which was caused by a rupture in the Norperuano pipeline.

On September 27, the government declared a 90-day state of emergency in the affected region, home to the Cuninico and Urarinas communities and home to around 2,500 indigenous people.

The 800 km Norperuano pipeline, owned by state-owned Petroperu, was built four decades ago to transport crude oil from the Amazon region to the ports of Piura on the coast.

According to Petroperu, the spill was the result of an intentional cut of 21 centimeters in the pipe of the pipeline.

Angela had been on a cycling trip through the Peruvian jungle for eight days when they attempted to cross the Cuninico River by boat today and were arrested.

A message on his Facebook read: “The sooner they are heard, the sooner they will let us go.

“Help me share, we are physically fine. Help me help them be heard.

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