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Ecuador Quells Indian Trade Protest

Police fired tear gas at dozens of Indian demonstrators trying to reach the government palace Monday to protest free-trade talks with Washington this week that are expected to draw thousands of opponents to the capital. The debate over the talks has already led to the resignation of Ecuador’s interior minister, who stepped down after making comments that appeared to support the Indians’ demands. The left-leaning Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, Ecuador’s main Indian movement, blockaded roads in 11 provinces with burning tires, rocks and tree trunks last week, tying up traffic and halting commerce across the highlands and much of the eastern jungle for several days. Full Story

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