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Peru rejects Greenpeace apology for damaging 1,500-year-old site in ‘childish’ protest stunt

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Members of the environmental activist group Greenpeace face criminal and civil charges in Peru for leaving their own footprints on one of the country’s historical monuments while calling for lower carbon footprints, PBS NewsHour reported.

The group has faced criticism since releasing footage of 12 members walking onto the site of the 1,500-year-old Nazca lines geoglyphs last week. They were shown laying down cloth letters that, from a height, spelled out, “Time for change, the future is renewable.”

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The display was a message to officials at a conference in Lima, about 260 miles away, concerning carbon emissions limits. Nearly 200 countries were represented at the conference.

The site is off-limit to visitors, and researchers entering the area are required to wear specially-designed shoes that will minimize the potential damage to the geoglyphs, which are believed to have been created between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D, and are believed to have a religious significance. Officials say overhead footage shows footprints and overturned rocks as a result of Greenpeace’s encroachment.

The group members who took part in the protest are believed to have left the country. The New York Times reported that a judge refused prosecutors’ request to detain them.

Greenpeace released an apology late last week, while its international executive director Kumi Naidoo, has flown into Peru to speak with officials.

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“I apologize personally to the people of Peru, and all those around the world who were offended by our actions,” Naidoo told NewsHour. “This is not who we are.”

But the country’s deputy minister of culture, Luis Jaime Castillo, dismissed Greenpeace’s apology, calling the protest “irresponsible [and] childish.”

“I care for basically one point: these things [that] were damaged, they had basically have to be returned to their original status,” Castillo said. “Some people will have to face criminal charges because that is unavoidable, and the process has already started.”

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Watch NewsHour’s report, as aired on Monday, below.


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Kanye ripped for latest Trump defense: Always someone willing to write a check to ‘a black person defending white supremacy’

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A panel discussion on recent concerts put on by Kanye West in Salt Lake City and Howard University turned to his new recent comments he made defending his support for Donald Trump -- with one panelist saying the rapper is getting paid on the side for siding with the president.

Speaking with host Kendis Gibson, guests Danielle Moodie-Mills and Clay Cane were harshly critical of West trying to drum up black support for the president as well as his recent comments on slavery.

"What is going on here?" Gibson began. "So you saw the pictures of Kanye West in the middle of Salt Lake City. He drew about 10,000 people here at Howard University, it was a smaller crowd because they didn't get the e-mail about it until 6:00 a.m. on homecoming weekend. Largely, a lot of people who are going to these shows are black folks. These are some of the scenes in Salt Lake City, so people are wondering: is he sort of like Trump's secret weapon, a secret outreach to the black community? "

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WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear

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Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.

Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.

In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.

Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.

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Veteran journalist Sam Donaldson: Trump’s rabid followers will never get their ‘white Christian country’ back

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Veteran White House reporter Sam Donaldson insisted on Sunday that President Donald Trump's supporters do not represent the diversity of the United States.

"His strong supporters -- I mean, lock her up, I mean, all the things he says, all the vicious, mean things he says, they love it," Donaldson told CNN host Brian Stelter. "They’re good Americans otherwise. They’ll probably give you the shirt off their back, they’ll help you if you need it, but they have this fixation."

"They want to return this country to the white Christian country that they believe it should be again," he continued. "They don’t want the diversity, and they follow him for this, but they’re not the country. We are a diverse people, we are good and strong because of that.

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