Peru deploys military to protect the rainforest against illegal mining

Two weeks after Peru threw out thousands of illegal miners, accused of destroying areas in the Amazon and polluted rivers, the military is being deployed.

The first four military bases in the Amazon in Peru were inaugurated on Tuesday. There will be soldiers using drones and satellite images to keep an eye on the rainforest.

Each of the four bases will house 100 soldiers, 50 policemen and one police lawyer. One of the bases is located in the Madre de Dios region, the same area where thousands of gold miners were thrown out two weeks ago.

More than half of Peru is in the Amazon rainforest.

(© NTB)

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