Peru’s Culture Ministry is expressing indignation at a stunt by the environmental group Greenpeace at the world-renowned Nazca lines and says it will seek to prevent those responsible from leaving the country.
The ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the activists entered a “strictly prohibited” area beside the famous figure of a hummingbird to lay big yellow cloth letters reading: “Time for Change; The Future is Renewable.”
It alleged Greenpeace “seriously affected” the fragile area with Monday’s action, but did not detail the alleged damage or alleged illicit infraction.
Greenpeace spokeswoman Tina Loeffelbein said the activists were careful to protect the Nazca lines and that the group is taking the case seriously and investigating. She declined to comment further.
The organization is in Peru for the COP20 U.N. climate conference.