Ecuador's Indians to stage massive protests
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Indian leaders in Ecuador are planning massive protests against President Lucio Gutierrez, who severed ties to the indigenous party that helped get him elected.

Indian leaders are fed up with Gutierrez and his economic policies, which are supported by the United States. As early as next month, they will lead civil protests against his budget, which they say will hurt the poor.

Pachakutik, the largest indigenous political party, backed Gutierrez but he cut ties with them and stripped his Cabinet of their party members. Analysts say he is now vulnerable to an overthrow like the one Indian leaders in Bolivia recently organized.

Ecuador is home to 33 tribes and about 25 percent of the population is Indian.

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