Thursday, June 23, 2005

Local treasure

Peruvians throw coca leafs as part of celebrations after President of the Cuzco Region Oscar Cuaresma signed a new coca law in the Andean city of Cuzco, Peru. Under pressure from Andean peasants, regional authorities in Peruvian city of Cuzco passed a law declaring coca, the raw material for cocaine, a local treasure, something the government says is a bid to legalize illicit production. (REUTERS/Mariana Bazo)