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Greenpeace Agrees to Unblock Pig-Iron Shipments in Brazil

May 26, 2012

Greenpeace unblocked the Brazilian port of Sao Luis after eight hours of protest against an amnesty for illegal loggers in the Amazon jungle, according to an e- mailed statement.

It suspended the protest after the Maranhao state deputy governor, Washington Luiz de Oliveira, agreed to negotiate with the pig-iron industry in the region, Greenpeace said in the e- mail. The industry often uses wood to run their furnaces, Greenpeace said.

The group said the negotiations will address illegal deforestation, labor conditions and protection of indigenous peoples’ land.

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