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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ecuador to Host Indigenous Anti-Mining March

Quito, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian Indigenous and social groups will protest today the Mining Law that Congress approved but President Rafael Correa vetoed.

Today's protests and marches in La Sierra, La Costa and Amazonia provinces were convened by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE).

Humberto Cholango, leader of CONAIE branch Kichwa Confederation of Ecuador, said it will be peaceful yet the largest Indigenous protest the president will deal with.

He said the marches are aimed at preventing the presence of large foreign mining companies in the country and open-sky and large-scale exploitation of natural resources that pollute the environment and destroy water sources.

Cholongo said they will urge for Congressional approval of a Law on water to terminate its privatization and hoarding and denied its water or environmental regulations as the government claims.

They will also call to promote agriculture and urged for a true agrarian reform and for land redistribution among indigenous peoples and farmers plus recovering and nationalizing natural resources.

The indigenous leader said they coordinated massive attendance with water commissions, provincial leaders, associations and worker, environment, women and youth organizations.

He also denied involvement of political parties or the oligarchy.

But President Rafael Correa partially vetoed the Law on mining Monday so Congress is to debate Wednesday his observations.

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