Friday, March 24, 2017

Amazon Land Battle Pits Indigenous Villagers Against Might of Ecuador State

Source: Amazon Watch

Amazon Land Battle Pits Indigenous Villagers Against Might of Ecuador State: Military drones and police helicopters circle above the Shuar indigenous village of El Tink, an Amazonian community in Ecuador where a high-profile dispute against a Chinese copper mine has become a standoff and a siege.

This is an update from my previous post on the conflict between the Shuar tribe and the government of Ecuador here.

The Shaur families that fled their village, Nankints, after being forced out by the military have been encircled at the village of El Tink, which is on the other side of the Cordillera del Condor mountain range from the former Nankints. El Tink is isolated by the Zamora river, so the military has been unable to access the village, but the Shuar have been prevented from leaving for fear of being arrested. This has severely strained their food supply and left them with no choice but to forge for food within the village.

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