Chilean environmentalists demand to change the route Dakar Rally

A number of environmental organizations in Chile on Monday submitted a petition to the court in Santiago de Chile with the requirement to change the route of the rally-marathon "Dakar", which started a few days ago in Peru and also has to go to the Chilean territory, local media reported.

Environmentalists oppose the passage of the rally through archaeological sites in the Atacama Desert, which, in their opinion, could jeopardize the country's heritage. A lawsuit filed against the Deputy Minister of Sports of Chile, Gabriel Ruiz-Tagle, who is responsible for completing the rally on the national territory.

"Machines that are involved in the" Dakar "- cars, motorcycles, trucks — leave a trail with a minimum width of 200 meters in the desert, turning to dust all archaeological traces," — said in connection with the filing of the claim representative of one of the initiating agency Louis Rendon. In 2009, the eco-activists also protested against the rally in connection with the damage to the environment. Now they do not exclude the possibility of protests along the route passing the "Dakar".

Rally will end in late January near the presidential palace in the capital of Chile, the total route length of more than 8000 kilometers on the territory of Peru, Argentina and Chile. The competition involved the Russian team "Kamaz-Master".

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