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Indigenous protesters chase off Ecuador police in Amazon town

Published 20/08/2015

Indian women from the Amazon region of Ecuador take part in a protest march in Quito (AP)
Indian women from the Amazon region of Ecuador take part in a protest march in Quito (AP)

Indigenous protesters wielding spears in south-eastern Ecuador sent police and soldiers fleeing in a clash that injured eight security force members.

The estimated 200 Shuar and Achuar peoples who chased off police and soldiers in the Amazon town of Macas are upset with President Rafael Correa's refusal to consult them on mining and oil drilling on their traditional lands.

Hundreds of protesters also marched against Mr Correa in the Ecuadorean capital of Quito.

Isolated protests have persisted since a diverse coalition of anti-Correa forces called a general strike on August 13.

Key among their demands is that legislation be withdrawn that would allow Mr Correa indefinite re-election.

Protest leaders say 105 from their ranks have been arrested and 35 injured, while authorities say 100 police have been hurt.

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