On March 22, World Water Day, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) arrived in the city of Quito, concluding their 14-day national protest march.
Hundreds of indigenous Ecuadorians from the Amazonian and Andean regions came wearing traditional regalia to protest the same government they once helped bring to office. CONAIE hopes their protest will mobilize indigenous communities against new mining developments and a proposed law that would sell international corporations the rights to local water resources. Ecuadorian communities learned from the way that Chevron's operations flouted environmental law in the 1990's, that once entrusted to foreign businesses their natural resources are usually squandered. In instances where Ecuadorian courts have sought reparations for those losses, such as with the monumental lawsuit against Chevron, Ecuadorian lawmakers have folded under pressure from international bodies influenced by the offending syndicates.
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