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El Mirador: indigenous David facing Chinese Goliath (again?)

I am sharing an article regarding the ongoing struggle between Ecuador´s indigenous Shuar people and the Copper Mining Project called El Mirador. The project has Chinese funding and is a China- Ecuadorian collaboration.

The Shuar that have been struggling to halt the project for years, arguing that this project would irreversibly damage the region’s fragile ecosystem and violate the legal rights of indigenous peoples to live, develop and control their land and territory. The case has a long record of protests, violent repression, opposition, and human rights violations.

You can find a nice summary and more detailed information of the case on https://www.banktrack.org/project/el_mirador_copper_mine

I suppose that the current struggle in Ecuador is part of a wider phenomenon that is happening all over the world where government aggressively pursue mining projects through transnational companies that are in conflict with indigenous communities. It would be great to hear about other examples in this group.

Ps: Please also check out this link that contain some excellent images showing the strong participation of women in this struggle.

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