Return of the Conquistadores

by February 16, 2013

Since 2007 when the UN General Assembly passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, indigenous nations in Ecuador began reversing health and education policies that kept them in poverty. Today, as President Correa’s death squads murder indigenous peoples defending their territories from Chinese mining companies invited by Correa to plunder their copper and gold, indigenous nations face both poverty and genocide. Correa’s recent attack on indigenous health and education programs for indigenous peoples confirms his vision as a return of the Conquistadores.

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