Peru’s mysterious Nazca Lines were sullied this week by a promotional message from Greenpeace, meant to capture attention during the United Nations climate meeting in Lima. BBC News reports that the activist group now has its tail firmly between its legs:
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Greenpeace has apologised for any “moral offence” it has caused, after a publicity stunt on the ancient Nazca lines in Peru.
Activists from the organisation placed a banner next to a figure of a hummingbird, carved more than 1,500 years ago.
They were hoping to increase pressure on UN negotiators currently meeting in Lima.
The Peruvian government said it would prosecute the activists who took part.
The ancient depictions of animals, including a monkey and a hummingbird that are etched into the arid plain of Southern Peru are a vital part of the county’s heritage.
Visits to the site are closely supervised – ministers and presidents have to seek special permission and special footwear to tread on the fragile ground where the 1,500 year old lines are cut.