Oxy Gone, Protesters Target Another Oil Company in Ecuador
Following the recent success of the indigenous Ecuadoran struggle against Occidental Petroleum’s illegal poisoning and militarization of that country, 22,000 protesters in the northeastern province of Orellana took aim at French oil company Perenco. Residents...blockaded a major Perenco installation..."...the communities will no longer put up with disrespect from the government and the oil companies," said Orellana province prefect Guadalupe Llori. Three hundred soldiers clashed with protesters...Protesters are demanding that Perenco leave the province and reimburse the provincial government for environmental damages. They also want the military to end a 105-day state of emergency and to release human rights activist Wilman Jimenez Salazar.