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Battle Rages with Ecuador Indians Over Jungle Oil


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Battle Rages with Ecuador Indians Over Jungle Oil

Amy Taxin

QUITO - In a steamy jungle of winding laurel trees and sprawling palms, a battle is raging between Ecuadorean Indians trying to protect land rights and oil companies who want to drill in the Amazon.

In the northern Amazon, Indians are suing a U.S. oil company over environmental damage they say ruined their land and made people sick. Further south, indigenous demonstrators have led violent protests to keep firms off their property.