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Ecuador’s Indigenous Leaders Halt Talks with President over Austerity Protests

HeadlineOct 25, 2019

In Ecuador, indigenous rights activists say they have halted negotiations with President Lenín Moreno over the government’s persecution of indigenous leader Jaime Vargas. Vargas is the head of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, or CONAIE, the organization that led recent anti-austerity protests in Ecuador. The massive anti-government demonstrations were ongoing for two weeks and ceased after President Moreno and indigenous leaders struck a deal to cancel an austerity package pushed by the International Monetary Fund.

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