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Ecuador: Indigenous Peoples Opposed to Oil Drilling Drive Out Soldiers

HeadlineAug 20, 2015

In news from Ecuador, hundreds of indigenous protesters have forced police and soldiers to retreat from the Amazon town of Macas in an ongoing conflict over oil and gas drilling in the region. The indigenous Shuar and Achuar peoples have been organizing to block oil extraction on their lands. They say President Rafael Correa has refused to consult them in the decision over drilling. On Wednesday, about 200 protesters wielding spears sent police and soldiers fleeing from the town.

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