Ecuador's president warns indigenous community

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Rafael Correa of Ecuador is threatening unspecified action against a fiercely independent indigenous community in the Amazon that has given refuge to three opposition leaders who face prison for defaming him.

Correa angrily accused the community of Sarayaku on Tuesday of acting above the law.

The remote 1,200-inhabitant community is famed among indigenous peoples in the Americas for successfully resisting oil drilling on its lands.

Correa is demanding Sarayaku turn over the three fugitives. They were convicted this month of defaming Correa and sentenced to prison terms of up to 18 months and collectively fined $145,000. Ecuador's courts are stacked with Correa loyalists.

Sarayaku leaders claim via Twitter that troops are headed for their community. The military denies the claim.

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