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Indians protest in Ecuador against mining projects

GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press, Thursday, March 22, 2012

Indigenous protesters confront riot police during anti-mining rally in Ecuador, March 22, 2012.

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — More than 1,000 indigenous protesters reached Ecuador’s capital Thursday after a two-week march from the Amazon to oppose plans for large-scale mining on their lands.

The protesters were joined by thousands of anti-government protesters in Quito, and some of the demonstrators clashed with police outside the National Assembly. Police repelled rock-throwing young men using tear gas and charging at the demonstrators on horseback. Read the rest of this entry