Greenpeace Activist who Damaged Nazca Lines Sentenced to 2 Years of Prison

Greenpeace Activist who Damaged Nazca Lines Sentenced to 2 Years of Prison

Mike Dreckschmidt

Many feel that Wolfgang Sadik was let off too easy after harming one of the most iconic pieces of Cultural Patrimony.

Wolfgang Sadik, a Greenpeace activist from Austria, has been sentenced to 2 years and 4 months of prison for entering the Nazca Lines with a group of accomplices without permission and causing irreparable damages back in 2014. Sadik will also be required to pay 650,000 Peruvian Nuevo Soles as civil reparation, La Republica reports.

The group wrote 'œtime for change, the future is renewable' in the soil near the hummingbird-shaped geoglyph in order to promote the fight against Climate Change. The message backfired because of the damage they caused, and some feel that Sadik's sentence is not equal to the crime.

These sentiments are expressed by those who observe that foreigners are often treated with special privilege and leniency in Peru, from the overstaying of visas to the damage done to one of the most important zones of cultural heritage in the nation.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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