Ecuadorians protest over mining controversy [includes video]

Author: Al Jazeera English, Published on: 23 March 2012

Protesting natives supported by opponents of President Rafael Correa brought Ecuador's capital to a standstill, demanding an end to policies they say will open the Amazon rainforest to vast mining projects and ravage the environment...[The] protests were prompted partly by a recent agreement between Ecuador and China for industrial copper mining in the Amazon…Protests [were] led by [the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador]…Correa said the country's first ever large-scale mining deal, which was signed with Chinese-owned Ecuacorriente [part of Corriente Resources] earlier this month, guarantees the government, not the miners, will receive most of the income from mineral exports. "These are the best negotiated contracts ever in world history," he said.

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Related companies: Corriente Resources (joint venture Tongling Nonferrous Metals & China Railway Construction Corporation) Ecuacorriente (part of Corriente Resources)