Ecuador shuts down environment group

2013-12-06 12:01

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Quito - Ecuador's government has summarily shut down a non-profit environmental group that opposes Amazon rainforest oil drilling, alleging that it incited abusive public behaviour.

It is the first such closure of an advocacy group by President Rafael Correa's government.

More than a dozen government agents shut down offices of the Pachamama Foundation on Wednesday after arriving unannounced.

Pachamama's director, Belen Paez, said the group did nothing illegal and will file a lawsuit in Ecuador and an appeal with the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights.

She called the shutdown an arbitrary act of violence.

The government accused Pachamama of inciting a small group of protesters who harassed Chile's ambassador and a Bielorussian businessman last week after they left a presentation on Amazon oil concessions.

Paez denies that any Pachamama activists were involved.
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