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Protesting Ecuadorian Indigenous Reach their Destination: Quito

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In a two week march against mining, Ecuadorian indigenous tribes will arrive in the capital of Quito, Ecuador this week. Backed by opposition groups such as teachers and other social movements, aboriginal laws require water management and land redistribution and the state to consult indigenous communities about the exploitation of oil and minerals in their territories.

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Original Article Text From Prensa Nicaragua via Google Translate :

Correa: Ecuador Indigenous March Will Be Welcome If Peaceful
The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, said today that a march of Indians, who started from the Amazon jungle on 8 March in protest against his government, is welcome to Quito next Thursday if it is peaceful.

Some 500 indigenous peoples, supported by opposition sectors, launched on March 8 a march of 700 miles from the mining town of El Pangui in the Amazonian province of Zamora Chinchipe to Quito, in protest against the government.

The demonstration, which has advanced to the Andean province of Tungurahua (south and strong presence of Aboriginal), was organized by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), the largest organization of native and former ally of the socialist president.

Backed by opposition groups such as teachers and other social movements, aboriginal laws require water management and land redistribution and the state to consult indigenous communities about the exploitation of oil and minerals in their territories.

“On March 22, when they come to Quito, we hope in a peaceful way (welcome), but there, if they are 500, 50 000 will be saying that the revolution will not give citizens a single step back,” Chavez said during his report work weekly broadcast from Spain.

“We are more determined than ever to change the country. This revolution does not stop anything or anyone,” said Correa from Murcia, where he made a stopover after visiting Turkey before meeting with Spanish Prime, Mariano Rajoy, the same Saturday Madrid.

Before hundreds of Ecuadorian immigrants, the ruler, in power since January 2007 – said his country “lives a vibrant democracy. Everyone has the right to peaceful protest, march, protest what he wants.”

“But we, the vast majority, we support this process of revolutionary change in Ecuador, we also have an equal right to say: We support the revolution!” He said.

“Mining can provide 50,000 jobs and there are people who oppose” said the head of state, who promotes mineral exploitation on a large scale, and on Saturday amounted to “a few dozen” protesters.

“We can not be beggars sitting on a sack of gold. It is a lie that good mining destroys water, which is exclusive,” said Correa, who has become the longest running in the Ecuadorian president since 1996, from when the nation has had eight presidents.

CONAIE participated in the overthrow of presidents Bucaram (1997) and Jamil Mahuad (2000). The natives are considered the third of Ecuador’s population of 14.5 million.

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