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(Sunday) 5.3.15

Peruvian Surfers Clash with Riot Police in Battle Over Beach

Peruvian surfers clashed with riot police in Lima, Peru in a recent battle over a road being built. In early 2015, the a third lane was added to an existing road in La Pampilla, in the district of Miraflores, Lima Peru. The lane expansion required the use of the a very popular beach running parallel to the road. Now, with a large swell building, city officials decided to put massive boulders all over the beach to protect the roadway, and surfers made their dislike very, very clear.

When the municipality of Lima began work on the controversial third lane of the Costa Verde, they were aware that many in the community were opposed to it. Surfers and environmentalists argued that it created a dangerous situation for beach-goers and environmental issues. Within a month of being paved, the road had already started to deteriorate–built so close to the ocean, large waves and high tides slowly chipped away at the edges.  Add the poor construction to the fact that the road’s approval came under scrutiny, and you have a recipe for a riot.

Paved just over a month ago, the Costa Verde road is already showing signs of erosion. Photo: Perú21/César TakeuchiPaved just over a month ago, the Costa Verde road is already showing signs of erosion. Photo: Perú21/César Takeuchi

According to Peruthisweek.com, the road is bordering on illegal. Coast Guard Captain Felipe Silva told the news outlet that the Navy didn’t authorize a third lane, and the organization tasked with public transportation works didn’t produce the environmental and technical studies required to execute the work. The Environmental Prosecutor has began an investigation into the debacle.

Meanwhile, protestors are being dragged from the water and the sand by police in full riot gear. Surfers made a human blockade to stop dump trucks from piling boulders onto the beach to protect the road from erosion.

Surfers trying to stop dump trucks from unloading boulders onto the beach. Surfers trying to stop dump trucks from unloading boulders onto the beach. Photo: Renzo Giraldo

We’ll bring you more on this story as it develops.

 


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