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Monday, March 20, 2006

Indigenous Peoples prepare for another week of demonstrations-Ecuador

The indignous mobilization in Ecuador continues.

Ecuador begins second week of anti-FTA protests

QUITO, March 20 (PL).—Ecuador today is starting another week of indigenous mobilizations against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, with marches and road blocks in various provinces.

"The national mobilization will continue and will be more forceful and courageous," with more demonstrations throughout the nation from dawn this Monday," states a communiqué from the Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador Federation (CONAIE).

Despite violent repression by the police forces, the indigenous movement has warned Alredo Palacio, president of that country, that if he persists in signing the FTA there will be a popular uprising.

The CONAIE noted that the unmeasured use of force by this transitional administration demonstrates its fear and is making the popular clamor for the just demand for a more worthy and sovereign life all the stronger.

At least 25 people were arrested last night and others sought refuge during a police ambush of the peaceful indigenous march as it approached the capital. complete article

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