President of Ecuador threatens tribe for harboring opponents

YouTube: Military planes flying over Sarayaku territory in Ecuador

The president of Ecuador lashed out at an Indian community in the Amazon for allegedly harboring three of his political opponents.

President Rafael Correa told the leaders of Sarayaku to hand over the three leaders, who were convicted of defamation. He said the tribe was acting as if it were above the law.

Correa didn't say what he would if the tribe didn't comply do but Sarayaku Libre posted links to videos of military planes flying over Sarayaku territory. The Inter-American Court for Human Rights has previously told Ecuador that it cannot send security forces to the area without the tribe's consent.

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Ecuador’s president warns indigenous community (AP 4/29)

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Decision:
Case of the Kichwa Indigenous People of Sarayaku v. Ecuador (June 27, 2012)

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